The Ballad of Belle Dorcas
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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