Clara and the Hoodoo Man by Elizabeth Partridge
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When Clara meets the hoodoo man on Red Owl Mountain, she knows she should just take little Bessie by the hand and leave. Momma has always warned Clara that the hoodoo man can put a fix on you. The next day, Bessie becomes dangerously sick. Is it Clara's fault? Is it hoodoo? Based on a true story, this is a vivid picture of rural life in turn-of-the-century Tennessee. This exceptional first novel is as clear and sharp as a heady whiff of sage. -- Publishers Weekly, starred review Elizabeth Partridge lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she practices Chinese medicine. This is her first novel.
 

About Elizabeth Partridge

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Elizabeth Partridge is a National Book Award finalist and the author of several nonfiction books for children, including Restless Spirit: The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange; This Land Was Made for You and Me: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie; and the Printz Honor-winning John Lennon: All I Want Is the Truth. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area.
 
Published July 1, 1996 by Dutton Juvenile. 176 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books. Fiction

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Breaking one of her momma's prized ten-gallon crocks launches a chain of events that leads Clara to the hoodoo man in this story set in turn-of-the-century Tennessee hill country.

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While digging herbs on Red Owl Mountain, Clara Raglan and her little sister Bessie strike up a conversation with Old Sugar, the hoodoo man.

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""This exceptional first novel is as clear and sharp as a heady whiff of sage,"" said PW in a starred review of this drama about an African American girl and an old herbal healer.

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