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Zora and Me


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ISBN13: 9780763658144
ISBN10: 0763658146
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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.

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.

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grrlpup, March 5, 2012 (view all comments by grrlpup)
The lively language and lovingly drawn settings of Eatonville, Florida, place this book closer to middle-grade literary novels like The Higher Power of Lucky than to girl-detective books like Sammy Keyes. The story kept my interest as it unfolded, but the "mystery" was secondary to the portraits of the town and of Zora. The authors were clearly so enamored of Zora that the narrator, Carrie, sometimes got short shrift, her motives explained in a perfunctory way but not really coming to life. I could sense that the authors' admiration and attention were all about Zora, in a way that wasn't quite true to the narrative from the inside. Still, the way the story ended and the issues of passing and community have stuck with me, and I closed the book wanting to read Zora's own writings.
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Product Details

Bond, Victoria
Candlewick Press (MA)
Simon, T. R.
ographical / United States
Children s Young Adult-Biography
zora neale hurston;historical fiction;fiction;florida;mystery;race relations
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Zora and Me
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Grade Level:
from 5
7.53 x 5.31 x 0.53 in 0.34 lb
Age Level:
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