Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Magnolia League by Katie Crouch

Oh, this was fun teen read.  I was especially interested in this novel because it takes place in Savannah, Georgia--and I'm going there in November on vacation with two of my sisters.  

Alex is a sixteen year old, slightly dumpy dread-locked young woman who has lived on a California commune all of her life.  This changes when her mother is killed in a car accident, and Alex's grandmother collects her and brings her to the family mansion in Savannah to live.  

Alex doesn't fit in too well, and especially with her grandmother's Magnolia League.  What exactly is the Magnolia League?  Well, it's a bit mysterious, and Alex's grandmother is the founder and leader.  Alex is the heir apparent, and hoodoo is alive and well with the Magnolias.  

I can't say much about the plot, because it would give a major part of the story away.  What I can say is that I really enjoyed this novel.  It's fresh, different, and Alex is not a cookie cutter heroine.  She's mouthy, smart, and determined to find out what her "friends" are up to with the Buzzard family--and why they refuse to leave Savannah. 

There will be a sequel, of course!  Alex has a lot of work to do, and she's not going to have an easy time accomplishing her goals.  If you're looking for a teen read that explores the mysteries of voodoo, hoodoo, and the Old South, look no more.  Grab this one and read it.  

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