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The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural
Contributor(s): McKissack, Patricia (Author), Pinkney, Brian (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0679890068     ISBN-13: 9780679890065
Publisher: Yearling Books
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: January 2001
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Annotation: When it is neither day nor night, when shadows lurk and play tricks on the mind, storytelling takes on a spectral cast. In that special half hour of twilight -- the dark-thirty -- you'll feel the spine-tingling horror of these tales:
-- When a retired Pullman porter hears a ghostly whistle, he knows it's the last train he'll ever ride.
-- Phantom pictures appear on a windowpane -- and expose a man's guilt in a lynching.
-- An ex-slave reveals how a straw doll and an ancient chant helped him gain his freedom.

Haunting and original, these ten stories are inspired by African American history, from the time of slavery to the civil rights era. With her extraordinary gift for suspense, Patricia C. McKissack has created a heart-stopping, award-winning collection.

Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | People & Places - United States - African-american
- Juvenile Fiction | Horror
Dewey: FIC
LCCN: 92003021
Age Level: 9-13
Grade Level: 4-8
Lexile Measure: 730(Not Available)
Guided Reading: R (Grade 4)
Physical Information: 0.46" H x 5.15" W x 7.58" (0.25 lbs) 166 pages
Themes:
- Ethnic Orientation - African American
Features: Ikids, Illustrated, Price on Product, Table of Contents
Awards: Coretta Scott King Award, Winner, Author, 1993
Review Citations: Publishers Weekly 12/21/1998
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 7855
Reading Level: 4.6   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 4.0
 
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Publisher Description:

This Newbery Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Award Winner from beloved author Patricia McKissack offers a "stellar collection" of "ten original stories, all with a foundation in African-American history or culture" (School Library Journal).

In that special half-hour of twilight--the dark-thirty--there are stories to be told. Mesmerizing and breathtakingly original, these tales are inspired by African American history and range from the time of slavery to the civil rights era. With her extraordinary gift for suspense, Patricia C. McKissack has created a heart-stopping collection of lasting value, a book not quickly forgotten.

An ALA Notable Children's Book
An NCSS-CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies
An IRA Teachers' Choice

 
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