Ol' Clip-Clop (Hardcover)

A Ghost Story

By Patricia C. McKissack, Eric Velasquez (Illustrator)

Holiday House, 9780823422654, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2013

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?!!!!

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.