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Hoodoo

Hoodoo


Hoodoo

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4/5 (12 avaliações)
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Dec 6, 2016
ISBN:
9781520032191
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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...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. 

Set amid the swamps, and sweltering heat of small town Alabama in the 1930s, Hoodoo is infused with a big dose of creepiness leavened with gentle humor.

©2016 Ronald L. Smith (P)2016 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Sobre o autor

Ronald L. Smith is the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award-winning author of Hoodoo, The Mesmerist, The Owls Have Come to Take Us Away, Gloom Town, Where the Black Flowers Bloom, and Black Panther: The Young Prince. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland. www.strangeblackflowers.com Twitter: @RonSmithbooks Instagram: @ronsmithwriter

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  • (4/5)
    I am ranking this book as if I am a Middle School Student. This is not the type of book I normally read, but I believe that Middle School Children, especially boys and reluctant readers would really get into this story.

    Set in Alabama during the 1930s, Hoodoo tells the story of twelve-year-old Hoodoo Hatcher, who is born into a family with a rich tradition of practicing folk magic, or Hoodoo, as most people call it. He was named Hoodoo because he had a birthmark and when he was born, his grandmother said that he had Hoodoo in him. Even though his name is Hoodoo, he can’t seem to cast a simple spell. Hoodoo lives with his Grandmother, Mama Francis, as both his parents are dead. His Aunt Jelly also helps to take care of him. Bunny is his girlfriend, althought they do not call each other boyfriend and girlfriend. When a mysterious man called the Stranger shows up in town Hoodoo starts having dreams of a dead man rising from the grave. Even worse, he soon learns the Stranger is looking for a boy. Not just any boy. A boy named Hoodoo. He meets a fortune teller at the fair who tells him that he needs to save his family. He begins to investigate Hoodoo and steals some potions and things from the local store. The book ends in a huge showdown with the demon that Hoodoo wins due to his bravery.

    HOODOO is an engrossing and eerie middle grade novel. It's atmospheric and character-based without ever being slow. It is a fun book for kids who like scary stories. It really is an interesting story that is slightly creepy at times.

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
  • (3/5)
    Read for Battle of the Books. An interesting supernatural story about hoodoo in a small town in the early-mid 1900s. I liked that it was a different subject/genre than I usually read, but some of the writing was a little stilted and hard to get into. Overall it was a really powerful story that I enjoyed, and am eager to hear what my students think.
  • (5/5)
    Hoodoo Hatcher is basically an average kid living in 1940s rural Alabama. He gets picked on, has a crush on a girl, and struggles with his self esteem. Unlike most others though, he comes from a family of people who practice powerful hoodoo, or folk magic. Hoodoo was named after the practice and yet he has never been able to conjure anything. One day he sees a mysterious stranger in town and senses that trouble is coming. Little does he know that the trouble is tied to his family's past and the strange dreams he's been having. Will he have the courage to stand up for himself when the time comes?

    This book was exceptionally written and I breezed though it wanting more. I know this is a children's book, but it was compulsive reading for me all the same. The characters are richly drawn, the setting is realistic and nuanced, and I like the underlying message of believing in yourself despite your circumstances. I don't think it's that scary but I wouldn't recommend it for kids who scare easily. Will be on the lookout for more books from this author. I'm giving it 5 solid stars, if you didn't know.
  • (4/5)
    Hoodoo is similar to voodoo, in case you didn't know. In this story Hoodoo is also the name of the main character, as well as folk magic. While it's true my attention wasn't grabbed and held on to, I did find this book entertaining and the story fun. It's a fun look into superstition and folk magic, with likeable characters.
  • (3/5)
    Hoodoo’s premise is a fun one with ancient magic, mysterious people, and a young boy that has to save his family from evil. It seemed like a book that I would love, and don’t get me wrong I did enjoy it, but not as much as I thought I would.Hoodoo is a young boy whose family does Hoodoo (a play in Voodoo, I think) and there is a stranger in town looking for him and he is not sure why. Once he finds out, he learns that it is up to him to dispel evil and the stranger. Hoodoo was likeable enough but I never felt fully connected to him as a character – it felt like he just kept telling me things. For example, many times throughout the story, especially in the beginning he stops the story and says some like ‘BLANK is BLANK, if you didn’t know’. It is great that he is in essence defining things for younger readers but for me this really broke up the story and it kept me feeling detached from him as a character, like I wasn’t experiencing with him but watching from afar… (Hopefully that makes sense).Overall the plot was a good one, there was just enough action to keep a reader engaged and there was mystery and a few scary bits. I think younger readers will enjoy this book for all its spooky fun.