The Ballad of Belle Dorcas

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A.A. Knopf, 1990 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 38 pages
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In a conjure tale anything is possible. Men turn into trees. Houses howl in the night. Slaves become free. All these things can and do come to pass in The Ballad of Belle Dorcas, a haunting conjure tale told to William Hooks when he was a boy in North Carolina. Hooks' evocative text and Pinkney's stunning illustrations make this tale real--and unforgettable.

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Hooks is the author of 52 books for children.

Brian Pinkney, author and illustrator, was born August 28, 1961. He has received the Coretta Scott King Award for his illustrations, three Coretta Scott King Honor Awards, and in 1997, he won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for his book, The Adventures of Sparrowboy. He has also won two Caldecott Honor awards for his illustrations with the books: The Faithful Friend, by Robert D. San Souci, and Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra, by Andrea Davis Pinkney. Pinkney primarily uses the scratchboard illustrative technique with most of his books. Pinkney lives with his wife, Andrea, and their children in Brooklyn, New York.

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