These 10 spine-tinglers range from straight-up ghost stories to eerie narratives. The tales in this winner of the 1993 Coretta Scott King Award depict racism, haunting and vengeance in a manner that can be read out loud around a campfire or savored privately, offering middle readers (fourth through eighth graders) thoughtful exposure to important, though frightening, historical themes. One tale, set in the segregated South of the 1940s, tells of a black man's ghost avenging his murder by a white klansman. McKissack's prose is smooth and understated, and its sense of foreboding is powerfully enhanced by Brian Pinkney's black-and-white scratch board illustrations. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
In these stories?"haunting in both senses of the word," said PW's starred review?ghosts exact vengeance for lynchings, and slaves use ancient magic to ensure their freedom; historical backdrops run from the Underground Railroad to 1960s activism. Ages 8-up.
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If you enjoy a good scary ghost story, this is a book for you. The book has a Southern African-American culture theme with most stories taken place prior to the 1960's. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Susie
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book of tall tales of the supernatural. The author's style of writing and describing the characters captivated my attention throughout!Published 5 months ago by Jacinda R. Gill
I highly recommend this book. It was given to me by an inner city school teacher who knows my interest in the supernatural and my interest in folklore. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Nom de Plume
I purchased this book out of childhood nostalgia. The Kindle price was very reasonable, and I remembered how frequently I read this book when it was on the bookshelf of my 4th... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
These stories are unique and interesting. Each had my mind captured to learn a little bit of history folklore. GreatPublished 18 months ago by angela early
This is a most interesting book. Being here in the South and learning about these stories can give you the shivers! Read morePublished 20 months ago by Dr.L.