Hoodoo - Ronald Smith

Clarion Books Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
September 1st, 2015

Winner of the 2016 Coretta Scott King New Author Award
Cooperative Children’s Book Center Best of Year List
Junior Library Guild Selection
2016 ILA Intermediate Fiction Award from the International Literacy Association

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Twelve-year-old Hoodoo Hatcher was born into a family with a rich tradition of practicing folk magic: hoodoo, as most people call it. But even though his name is Hoodoo, he can’t seem to cast a simple spell. When a mysterious man called the Stranger comes to town, Hoodoo starts dreaming of the dead rising from their graves.

Even worse, he soon learns the Stranger is looking for a boy. Not just any boy. A boy named Hoodoo. The entire town is at risk from the Stranger’s black magic, and only Hoodoo can defeat him. He’ll just need to learn how to conjure first.

Praise for HOODOO

“The authenticity of Hoodoo’s voice and this distinctive mashup of genres make Smith one to watch. Seekers of the scary and “something different” need look no further.”

“The chilling supernatural Southern Gothic plot action is enhanced by atmospheric description of rural life in Depression-era Alabama…Readers will particularly enjoy Hoodoo’s authentic and engaging narrative voice.”
—School Library Journal

“Hoodoo’s first-person narrative, which flows beautifully, has an appealing and natural cadence…Through his protagonist, Smith demonstrates an eye for detail and a knack for evocative imagery as well as for telling a riveting story with a dollop of southern gothic appeal.”

“Filled with folk and religious symbols, this creepy Southern Gothic ghost story is steeped in time and place. Hoodoo’s earnest first-person narrative reveals a believable innocent who can ’cause deeds great and powerful.'”
—Horn Book Magazine

“What a splendid novel. Reader, be prepared to have your foundations shaken: this is a world that is deeper, more wondrous, more spiritually charged than you may have ever imagined.”
—Gary D. Schmidt, National Book Award finalist and author of the Newbery and Printz Honor book Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

“I loved this book. Told by a narrator you won’t soon forget, it is filled with myth and legend, danger and bravery. Hoodoo is pure folk magic, if you didn’t know.”
—Keith Donohue, New York Times bestselling author of The Stolen Child and The Boy Who Drew Monsters

“Oh, wow! Hoodoo may just be the perfect book for a rainy day. Find a dog that will sit with you … and read on ’til your heart’s content. What a fun discovery!”
—Nikki Giovanni, poet

The Mesmerist

Clarion Books Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
February 7th, 2017

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Spiritualism—communicating with the dead—is all the rage in England, and thirteen-year-old Jessamine Grace and her mother make a living bringing messages from beyond to their wealthy clients. It’s all a sham, of course, until the day Jess discovers that she really does have otherworldly powers.

Soon, she is plunged into the dark world of London’s supernatural underbelly. The city is under attack by ghouls and monsters, and Jess is invited to join a secret society of kids with talents like her own. Together, they must conquer a powerful malevolent force that lurks much closer to home than she ever imagined.

She’ll just have to transform from the well-mannered middle class girl she’s always been into a brave fighter first.

Tinged with faerie magic and set amid the bustle and grime of Victorian London, this chilling tale from the award-winning author of Hoodoo will enthrall fans of middle grade horror and supernatural fiction.

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