Lu and the Swamp Ghost
James Carville, Patricia C. McKissack, David Catrow
(Atheneum/Anne Schwartz Books, Aug. 31, 2004)
Set during the Depression, a little girl has a surprising encounter with a swamp ghost while checking out her fathers turkey traps in the wood, but after sneaking food out of the house to feed the creature in the hopes of keeping safe, the little girl comes to realize that the strange being is simply a desperate and dirty young boy just trying to survive his difficult circumstances. 75,000 first printing.