Ronald Smith



Ronald L. Smith is a former advertising writer and the author of Hoodoo, a southern gothic novel for young readers. It won the 2016 Coretta Scott King/ John Steptoe New Talent Author Award, and also received the 2016 ILA Award for Intermediate Fiction from The International Literacy Association.





2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
State Library, Second Floor Meeting Room
Ghosts with the Most: Paranormal Middle Grade Fiction

3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


The Mesmerist

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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