The Secret of the Stones by Robert D. San Souci
(Phyllis Fogelman Books)

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When John and Clara return to their cabin from working in the fields one evening, they are startled to discover that all of their household chores have been done. The mysterious, magical Aunt Easter tells the couple the identity of these unknown benefactors and their connection to the two white stones that Clara keeps in the house. Armed solely with Aunt Easter's advice and their own affectionate, courageous hearts, John and Clara must confront the evil conjure man. Only then will they solve the secret of the stones and fill the void in their childless home.

Robert San Souci has drawn again from the rich legacy of African-American folklore, as he did in his acclaimed The Hired Hand and The Talking Eggs. And the deep, jewel-like colors of James Ransome's paintings carry the reader into the majestic Ozark mountains and inside this marvelously dramatic and touching story of love and courage.

 

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Robert D. San Souci and Brian Pinkney also collaborated on tRobert D. San Souci and Brian Pinkney also collaborated on the award-winning books "The Faithful Friend" and "Sukey and he award-winning books "The Faithful Friend" and "Sukey and the Mermaid." Brian Pinkney's books for children include "Ththe Mermaid." Brian Pinkney's books for children include "The Adventures of Sparrowboy, " winner of the Boston Globe-Hore Adventures of Sparrowboy, " winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book award. Robert D. San Souci is the author of many bookn Book award. Robert D. San Souci is the author of many books, including "The Talking Eggs, " a Caldecott Honor book. Mrs, including "The Talking Eggs, " a Caldecott Honor book. Mr. San Souci lives in San Francisco, California, and Mr. Pink. San Souci lives in San Francisco, California, and Mr. Pinkney lives in Brooklyn, New York. ney lives in Brooklyn, New York. James Ransome was born in Rich Square, North Carolina, and is a graduate of Pratt Institute. He is a winner of the Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Competition. Mr. Ransome lives in New Jersey with his wife, Lesa, and his dalmatian, Clinton.
 
Published January 1, 2000 by Dial. 40 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Travel, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As a childless couple walks home after a long day in the cotton fields, Clara finds two white stones that ""shone as pale and round and smooth as twin moons in her cinnamon-colored palm."" Though John questions their usefulness (""What yo' gonna do with dose li'l rocks?""), his wife brings the st...

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