3.34 (320 ratings by Goodreads)
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Thirteen-year-old Jessamine Grace and her mother make a living as sham spiritualists--until they discover that Jess is a mesmerist and that she really can talk to the dead. Soon she is plunged into the dark world of Victorian London's supernatural underbelly and learns that the city is under attack by ghouls, monsters, and spirit summoners. Can Jess fight these powerful forces? And will the group of strange children with mysterious powers she befriends be able to help? As shy, proper Jess transforms into a brave warrior, she uncovers terrifying truths about the hidden battle between good and evil, about her family, and about herself.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 30.48mm | 385.55g
  • Boston, MA, United States
  • English
  • 0544445287
  • 9780544445284
  • 2,395,886

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"This tale, though not for the faint at heart, is certain to please young horror fans."--Publishers Weekly

"Smith continues to display a deft mastery of worldbuilding and creepy, atmospheric plotting. A gripping tale enhanced by a convincingly detailed setting and drawing on classic fantasy memes."--Kirkus

"...Smith (author of Hoodoo, BCCB 10/15) has a knack for creating memorable bad guys, and the demonic necromancer and his minion ghouls may be creepy enough to spur readers forward."--Bulletin

"...for kids who relish some blood and gore, this should fill the slot. "--Booklist

Praise for Hoodoo

"What a splendid novel. Reader, be prepared to have your foundations shaken: this is a world that is deeper, more wondrous, more spiritually charged than you may have ever imagined." --Gary D. Schmidt, two-time Newbery Honor medalist and author of The Wednesday Wars

"The authenticity of Hoodoo's voice and this distinctive mashup of genres make Smith one to watch." --Kirkus
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About Ronald L Smith

Ronald L. Smith is the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award-winning author of Hoodoo, his debut novel. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Visit his website at
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320 ratings
3.34 out of 5 stars
5 14% (44)
4 28% (89)
3 40% (128)
2 16% (50)
1 3% (9)
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