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Hooks, William H.
New York : Macmillan, 1988.
IL 5-8
Set in 1908, Annie Earle Roland has troubles. Her mom is disabled by a heart condition, her 16 year old brother collects butterflies and wanders in and out of trances and seizures. She is afflicted with a club foot. They aren't poor-- with the help of Aunt Charlotte and her granddaughter Queen Ester, they manage well. The problem is Aunt Kat who starts proceedings to declare Mrs. Roland incompetent. She plans to institutionalize the kids and take over the family's investments. Annie Earle isn't about to give in without a fight. She buys insurance in the form of a conjure bag from the local spell maker that Queen Ester takes her to. This story is her struggle to keep her family, however defective, together and out of the grips of greedy Aunt Kat.
SUBJECTS:     Physically handicapped -- Fiction
                        Family problems -- Fiction
                        Friendship -- Fiction
                        Race relations -- Fiction
                        Southern States -- Fiction


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