HOOK MOON NIGHT: Spooky Tales from the Georgia Mountains by Faye Gibbons

HOOK MOON NIGHT: Spooky Tales from the Georgia Mountains

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KIRKUS REVIEW

While visiting his grandparents, Mike sits on the porch with them and other relatives one dark night, listening to their stories about""haints"" and other backwoods phenomena: a boy chosen to be a teacher by a ghost, a quilt that shows pictures of the results of wishes, and a necklace that brings bad luck. Gibbons (Mountain Wedding, 1996, etc.) gives the stories the atmosphere and feel of those told on hot summer nights--loosely structured, meandering narration, vague endings, only modestly creepy--and pulls readers in with vividly imagined scenes and a persuasive intimacy: The stories all happened ""hereabouts."" It's difficult to conjure up the power of oral storytelling on the page, but in many ways, Gibbons succeeds.

Pub Date: Sept. 26th, 1997
Page count: 108pp
Publisher: Morrow