The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural

Patricia C. McKissack, Author, Pat McKissack, Author, Brian Pinkney, Illustrator
Patricia C. McKissack, Author, Pat McKissack, Author, Brian Pinkney, Illustrator Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers $18.95 (128p) ISBN 978-0-679-81863-2
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When I was growing up in the South, writes McKissack, we called the half hour just before nightfall the dark-thirty. Her nine stories and one poem, however, are far too good to be reserved for that special time when it is neither day nor night and when shapes and shadows play tricks on the mind. These short works-haunting in both senses of the word-explore aspects of the African American experience in the South, from slavery to the Underground Railroad and emancipation, from the era of Pullman cars to the desegregation of buses, from the terror of the Ku Klux Klan to '60s activism. Here, African Americans' historical lack of political power finds its counterbalance in a display of supernatural power: ghosts exact vengeance for lynchings; slaves use ancient magic to enforce their master's promise of emancipation. As carefully executed as McKissack's writings, Pinkney's black-and-white scratchboard illustrations enhance the book's atmosphere, at once clearly regional in setting and otherworldly in tone. Ages 8-12. (Oct.)
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