Every February, many of us wish we could fly down to New Orleans and celebrate Mardi Gras in style. If you can’t take a real vacation, why not visit the Big Easy through the pages of a book? Try a light book about women’s friendships or dive into the darker side of the city with a fantasy or ghost story.
The 13th Sign
by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb
On her 13th birthday, Jalen visits a fortune-teller and buys herself an old book on horoscopes. When she unlocks the cover, she unwittingly brings Ophiuchus — the healer and keeper of the 13th zodiac sign — into the world, changing most people’s birth signs and thus their personalities. She has just 23 hours to send Ophiuchus and the other keepers back to their own realm, restoring order on Earth.
Kristin O’Donnell Tubb’s The 13th Sign is a fast-paced adventure story that takes us through every quarter of New Orleans as Jalen attempts to defeat the beings who embody the zodiac signs. Can she avoid being stung by Scorpio or shot by Sagittarius? This fun, middle-grade book introduces readers to the sights, smells and sounds of the Big Easy as Jalen races against the clock.
The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder
by Rebecca Wells
Calla Lily Ponder grew up in a small Louisiana town under the protection of the goddess Moon Lady, who can heal the soul. But after her mother dies and her heart is broken from a failed love, Calla Lily moves to New Orleans to become a beautician, develop her healing skills and put her sorrows behind her. Once in the Big Easy, Calla Lily learns about much more than just “fixing hair,” as she meets the quirky characters who inhabit the city, including her new Cajun sweetheart. Will Calla Lily stay in New Orleans, or will the pull of Moon Lady call her back home? Rebecca Wells’ The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder reminds us of the power of friendships and the importance of embracing joyful moments as Calla Lily explores life in the big city.
by Paula Morris
When Rebecca is sent from New York City to live with her tarot-reading aunt in the French Quarter of New Orleans while her dad travels, the teen is less than enthusiastic. Everything is different, and she has trouble making friends with the wealthy students at her private school. All that changes when she meets Lisette while visiting Lafayette Cemetery. As if it weren’t bad enough that Aunt Claudia practices voodoo, Rebecca’s new BFF is a ghost! Paula Morris’ Ruined takes us deep into the dark corners of post-Katrina New Orleans, giving readers a view of the historical city and Mardi Gras that few outsiders ever see. Hold on to your gris-gris bag as Rebecca helps Lisette carry out her plans for revenge and discovers her own hidden powers and surprising heritage.