Title: Ol' Clip-Clop
Author: Patricia C McKissack
Illustrator: Eric Velasquez
Publisher: Holiday House Books
"The year was 1741. The month was October. The day was Friday the thirteenth.'"
Synopsis: On a dark, cold October night, John Leep closes shop and heads over to the widow Mayes' house to evict her for back rent. Maybe he should have had a kinder heart. Maybe he should have had a more forgiving nature. And maybe John Leep should have paid more attention to whatever was making that clip-clop sound as he set out on Friday the thirteenth.
Why I liked it: Older children who love spooky stories will enjoy both the fast pacing and wonderfully drawn illustration of Ms. McKissack's book. The time frame and setting gave me the feeling I was reading a tale of Ichabod Crane and yet there were still enough twists to the story to surprise me with it's ending.