Books by William H. Hooks

FREEDOM'S FRUIT by William H. Hooks
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

Hooks (Where's Lulu?, 1991, etc.) offers another conjure tale set in the days of slavery. Mama Marina, conjure woman, has her heart set on buying freedom for her daughter, Sheba, but she's a long way from saving the hundred gold pieces Master Alston demands. Opportunity knocks, though, when Alston asks her to put a spell on his grapes to protect them from pilferage by slaves. Mama Marina feeds Sheba and Sheba's beau Joe Nathan a conjured bunch, knowing that the two will sicken, then purchases them cheap and hustles them off to a Quaker meeting house before Alston can see that they are healing and change his mind. Sturdy, brown-skinned figures in neatly patched clothes fill Ransome's tidy plantation scenes; though Mama Marina faces Master Alston with simple dignity, alone she becomes a regal, commanding presence, towering heroically in a low-angled final view. Marina's victory owes more to wits than to magic; Hooks has laid historical, realistic trappings on a typical trickster tale. Thoughtful readers will see the connection. (Picture book. 9-13) Read full book review >
WHERE'S LULU? by William H. Hooks
Released: June 3, 1991

In a Level 1 entry in the ``Bank Street Ready-to-Read'' series, a little black girl asks each member of her large suburban family where her favorite ballplaying companion, Lulu, could be. Once the tour of home and family (plus a useful number of repetitions of basic words) is complete, Lulu turns up. The satisfying surprise: she's a dog. Alley's illustrations are as brisk and user-friendly as the text of this warm family story. (Easy reader. 4-8) Read full book review >
Released: June 3, 1991

A ``Bank Street Ready-to-Read'' (Level 3) that combines the Amelia Bedelia variety of comic literal-mindedness and an adventure story with a satisfying final twist. Hijacked by pirates, ``Lo-Jack'' alternately amuses and dumbfounds his captors by misconstruing their orders (whether to ``hit the deck,'' ``weigh the anchor,'' or ``cut the sails''), finally escaping by—instead of firing a cannon at their assailants- -lighting a fire under it and thus blowing up the pirates' ship. Good fun, ably visualized in Tusa's energetic art. (Easy reader. 5-9) Read full book review >