Book - 2015
Average Rating:
Rate this:
In 1930s Alabama, twelve-year-old Hoodoo Hatcher is the only member of his family who seems unable to practice folk magic, but when a mysterious man called the Stranger puts the entire town at risk from his black magic, Hoodoo must learn to conjure to defeat him.
Publisher: New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, ©2015.
ISBN: 9780544935617
Characteristics: 208 pages :,illustrations ;,20 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
May 05, 2019

A wonderful, engaging read. I appreciated that Smith created a very real-reading protagonist of African heritage. However, I think that while Smith also created several complex female characters (also of African heritage), he then shunted these female characters off to the sidelines, in what seemed like a real lost opportunity. Overall, however, I enjoyed the book and will read others by this author.

ArapahoeKara Sep 29, 2016

Full of magic and mystery, this is a perfect spooky read for Halloween for your middle school aged reader.

ArapahoeBridget Aug 23, 2016

Great writing, and an amazing sense of place. It's a twisty blend of magic, family, and history that reads quickly and packs emotional punches as well as oodles of building creepiness. I particularly loved Hoodoo's sense of humor!

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at Library

To Top