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Ol' Clip-Clop

A Ghost Story

Patricia C. McKissack, Eric Velasquez (Illustrator)


List Price: 16.95*
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Mounting his horse, cold-hearted John Leep smiles as he anticipates evicting the widow Mayes for nonpayment of rent. When she comes up with the rent after all, Leep, unwilling to be disappointed, knocks her coins to the floor and hides one of them in his boot. The widow will be evicted in the morning; but as he departs, Leep is pursued by an unseen stalker. As Leep rides faster, so does his pursuer--clippity-cloppity, clippity-cloppity--until Leep reaches his home. Is John Leep safe at last or is Ol' Clip-Clop gonna SWALLOW HIM WHOLE?!!!!

Praise For Ol' Clip-Clop: A Ghost Story

* "This splendid 'jump story' is not for the faint of heart, but readers who relish edge-of-the-seat suspense done impeccably will be well-satisfied."—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
* "Readers who crave truly scary stories won't be disappointed by the conclusion to this enigmatic tale—and a great many will jump out of their seats."—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"The expert pacing, attention-grabbing sound effects make this a winner, not to mention an ending featuring the kind of quick revelation that will have your whole audience of kids screaming and your storyteller laughing. The realistic style and dark palette of the illustrations effectively convey the frights and further heighten the strong sense of the text's foreboding."—Booklist
"The tale is tailor-made for storytellers who want to actively engage their audiences."—School Library Journal
A Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year

Holiday House, 9780823422654, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2013

About the Author

In writing Ol' Clip-Clop, Patricia C. McKissack was inspired by a spooky tale told by the storytellers in her family. The teller would slap her lap along with the clippity-clops. Ms. McKissack has received many awards, including the Regina Medal, the Coretta Scott King Award, the Jane Addams Book Award, and a Newbery Honor.

Eric Velasquez's honors include the Pura Belpré Book Award, the Carter G. Woodson Book Award, and the Coretta Scott King-John Steptoe Award for New Talent.