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Zora and Me Zora and Me (Zora and Me)

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Publisher Comments:

Winner of the 2011 John Steptoe New Talent (Author) Award!

Racial duplicity threatens an idyllic African American community in the turn-of-the-century South in a dazzling debut inspired by the early life of Zora Neale Hurston.

Whether she’s telling the truth or stretching it, Zora Neale Hurston is a riveting storyteller. Her latest creation is a shape-shifting gator man who lurks in the marshes, waiting to steal human souls. But when boastful Sonny Wrapped loses a wrestling match with an elusive alligator named Ghost — and a man is found murdered by the railroad tracks soon after — young Zora’s tales of a mythical evil creature take on an ominous and far more complicated complexion, jeopardizing the peace and security of an entire town and forcing three children to come to terms with the dual-edged power of pretending. Zora’s best friend, Carrie, narrates this coming-of-age story set in the Eden-like town of Eatonville, Florida, where justice isn’t merely an exercise in retribution, but a testimony to the power of community, love, and pride. A fictionalization of the early years of a literary giant, this astonishing novel is the first project ever to be endorsed by the Zora Neale Hurston Trust that was not authored by Hurston herself.

Review:

"Debut authors Bond and Simon do their subject proud, spinning a tale about the childhood of writer Zora Neale Hurston, who 'didn't have any trouble telling a fib or stretching a story for fun.' So says her friend Carrie Brown, who narrates this novel as an adult looking back on a tumultuous and momentous autumn. Set at the beginning of the 20th century in Hurston's childhood home of Eatonville, Fla., one of the nation's first all-black towns, the story follows Carrie and Zora as events--including the gruesome deaths of two men--fuel Zora's imagination and love of storytelling; the truth behind one of the deaths proves more difficult for Carrie to accept than Zora's frightening yet mesmerizing stories of the supernatural man-gator she claims is responsible. The maturity, wisdom, and admiration in Carrie's narration may distance some readers from her as a 10-year-old ('The bad things that happen to you in life don't define misery--what you do with them does'). Nevertheless, the authors adeptly evoke a racially fraught era and formative events--whether they're true or true enough--in Hurston's youth. Ages 10 — up. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

About the Author

Victoria Bond and T. R. Simon met ten years ago while working together in publishing and became fast friends. After kicking around the idea of a collaboration for years, the idea of writing a middle-grade novel about Zora Neale Hurston emerged, and both knew they had stumbled into the project of their dreams. Excited and humbled by the opportunity to expose young readers to a seminal figure in twentieth-century American letters, they discovered that Zora’s life as both field anthropologist and writer custom fit their own backgrounds. T. R. (Tanya) Simon has an MA in anthropology, while Victoria Bond holds an MFA in creative writing.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780763643003
Author:
Bond, Victoria
Publisher:
Candlewick Press (MA)
Author:
Simon, T. R.
Subject:
Biographical - United States
Subject:
People & Places - United States - African-American
Subject:
Social Issues - Prejudice & Racism
Subject:
ographical / United States
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Biography
Subject:
zora neale hurston;historical fiction;fiction;florida;mystery;race relations
Series:
Zora and Me
Publication Date:
20101031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1-COLOR
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
7.79 x 6.5 x .75 in .6875 lb
Age Level:
00-UP

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Product details 192 pages Candlewick Press (MA) - English 9780763643003 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Debut authors Bond and Simon do their subject proud, spinning a tale about the childhood of writer Zora Neale Hurston, who 'didn't have any trouble telling a fib or stretching a story for fun.' So says her friend Carrie Brown, who narrates this novel as an adult looking back on a tumultuous and momentous autumn. Set at the beginning of the 20th century in Hurston's childhood home of Eatonville, Fla., one of the nation's first all-black towns, the story follows Carrie and Zora as events--including the gruesome deaths of two men--fuel Zora's imagination and love of storytelling; the truth behind one of the deaths proves more difficult for Carrie to accept than Zora's frightening yet mesmerizing stories of the supernatural man-gator she claims is responsible. The maturity, wisdom, and admiration in Carrie's narration may distance some readers from her as a 10-year-old ('The bad things that happen to you in life don't define misery--what you do with them does'). Nevertheless, the authors adeptly evoke a racially fraught era and formative events--whether they're true or true enough--in Hurston's youth. Ages 10 — up. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
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