Hoodoo

Hoodoo

Book - 2015
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In 1930s Alabama, twelve-year-old Hoodoo Hatcher is the only member of his family who seems unable to practice folk magic, but when a mysterious man called the Stranger puts the entire town at risk from his black magic, Hoodoo must learn to conjure to defeat him.
Topical Term: Magic
African Americans
Families
Country life
Demonology
Publisher: Boston ; New York : Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2015]
ISBN: 9780544445253
0544445252
Branch Call Number: J
Characteristics: 208 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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SusanJ_124
May 05, 2019

A wonderful, engaging read. I appreciated that Smith created a very real-reading protagonist of African heritage. However, I think that while Smith also created several complex female characters (also of African heritage), he then shunted these female characters off to the sidelines, in what seemed like a real lost opportunity. Overall, however, I enjoyed the book and will read others by this author.

ArapahoeKara Sep 29, 2016

Full of magic and mystery, this is a perfect spooky read for Halloween for your middle school aged reader.

ArapahoeBridget Aug 23, 2016

Great writing, and an amazing sense of place. It's a twisty blend of magic, family, and history that reads quickly and packs emotional punches as well as oodles of building creepiness. I particularly loved Hoodoo's sense of humor!

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