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The Headless Haunt: And Other African-American Ghost Stories
     

The Headless Haunt: And Other African-American Ghost Stories

by James S. Haskins
 

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African-American folklore includes a rich tradition of ghost stories. Noted author James Haskins has gathered more than 20 of the most spine-tingling tales in this haunting collection. Chilling personal accounts of ghostly encounters are also included. Rounding out the book are extensive source notes and historical background.

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African-American folklore includes a rich tradition of ghost stories. Noted author James Haskins has gathered more than 20 of the most spine-tingling tales in this haunting collection. Chilling personal accounts of ghostly encounters are also included. Rounding out the book are extensive source notes and historical background.

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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Twenty plus spine-tingling ghost tales based on African-American folklore have been gathered by this noted author. He tells the readers how to protect themselves from spirits, or for the really brave, how to conjure them. Haskins provides source notes and historical background.
Chris Sherman
Ghost stories are always popular, and Haskins' collection of African American tales will please discriminating fans as well as teachers looking for multicultural stories for the classroom. In his introduction, Haskins explains the "mixed heritage" of African American tales. Each section of the book is devoted to a particular kind of ghostly spirit (plat-eyes, jack-o'-lanterns) or a particular type of tale and includes at least one or two attributed anecdotes and a brief introductory note providing valuable background information. Readers may find it interesting to compare African American protections against ghosts (or even the tales themselves) with the charms and protections of other ethnic groups. Haskins supplies source notes and a bibliography of adult and young adult stories and resources. Ben Otero's appropriately gruesome cover illustration of a haunt carrying a glowing lantern in one hand and its own red-eyed head in the other is sure to attract plenty of browsers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060229948
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/01/1994
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
128
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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