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The skull talks back and other haunting tales

by Hurston, Zora Neale.

Format: Print Book 2004
Availability: Available at 6 Libraries 6 of 6 copies
Available (6)
Location Collection Call #
CLP - East Liberty Children's Fiction Collection j Fic Hurston,
Location  CLP - East Liberty
Collection  Children's Fiction Collection
Call Number  j Fic Hurston,
CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Fiction Collection j Fic Hurston,
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor Children's Department - Fiction Collection
Call Number  j Fic Hurston,
CLP - Squirrel Hill Children's Fiction Collection j FICTION Hurston
Location  CLP - Squirrel Hill
Collection  Children's Fiction Collection
Call Number  j FICTION Hurston
Carnegie Library of McKeesport - Duquesne Children Fiction J HUR
Location  Carnegie Library of McKeesport - Duquesne
Collection  Children Fiction
Call Number  J HUR
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Non-Fiction j 398.25 Hur
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Non-Fiction
Call Number  j 398.25 Hur
Whitehall Public Library Juvenile Fiction JF Hurston
Location  Whitehall Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
Call Number  JF Hurston

Do you dare
to cross paths with ...

An enchantress who can slip
in and out of her skin,
A man more evil than the devil,
A skull who talks back,
A pair of creepy feet that can
walk on their own?

Spooky, chilling, and fantastical, this collection of six scary tales will send shivers up your spine!

The stories in the skull talks back have been selected from Every Tongue Got To Confess, Zora Neale Hurston's third volume of folklore. Through Joyce Carol Thomas's carefully adapted text and Leonard Jenkins's arresting illustrations, the soulful, fanciful imaginations of ordinary folk will reach readers of all ages.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 4-7. Hurston was a landmark writer and collector of black folklore in the 1930s rural South, but her stories, written in heavy dialect, are not accessible to kids. Using a direct style that loses none of the colloquial immediacy of the original voices, Thomas has done a great job of retelling six of Hurston's supernatural tales, and Jenkins' monochromatic collages and silhouettes capture the delicious, shivery glow of skeletons and graveyards. Thomas' retelling about "the witch who could slip off her skin" is not as dramatic as Virginia Hamilton's in Wee Winnie Witch's Skinny 0 BKL Je 1 & 15 04, but the tales in this small, spacious collection will still be favorites with storytellers. Best of all is "Big Bad Sixteen" about a man so strong that he kills the devil. When the man dies, he can't enter either heaven or hell, so he returns to Earth as the scary jack-o-lantern. Thomas provides brief, lively notes at the end. Let's hope she'll bring more of Hurston's work to thrill young readers. --Hazel Rochman Copyright 2004 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Children's stories, American.
Horror tales.
Horror stories.
Short stories.
Publisher New York :HarperCollins,2004
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Thomas, Joyce Carol.
Jenkins, Leonard.
Language English
Description 56 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
ISBN 0060006315
006000634X (lib. bdg.)
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