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Zora and me

by Bond, Victoria, 1979-

Format: Print Book 2010
Availability: Available at 10 Libraries 11 of 13 copies
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Summary
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.Also includes: ∗an annotated bibliography of the works of Zora Neale Hurston ∗a short biography of Zora Neale Hurston ∗a timeline of Zora Neale Hurston's life"It is with sheer genius that Bond and Simon have created something for readers young and old-there are familiar references, like the 'Brazzles,' for true Zora-philes, as well as revelatory and wondrous information for those readers as yet uninitiated in the masterful storytelling of Zora Neale Hurston. This is a grand and accessible work that educates, informs, and entertains, and one that I am personally grateful was written for all of us." - Lucy Anne Hurston, niece of Zora Neale Hurston
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Told in the immediate first-person voice of 10-year-old Carrie, Zora Neale Hurston's best childhood friend, this first novel is both thrilling and heartbreaking. Each chapter is a story that evokes the famous African American writer's early years in turn-of-the-last-century Eatonville, Florida, and the sharp, wry vignettes build to a climax, as Carrie and Zora eavesdrop on adults and discover secrets. Family is front and center, but true to Hurston's work, there is no reverential message: Carrie mourns for her dad, who went to Orlando for work and never came back; Zora's father is home, but he rejects her for being educated and acting white, unlike her favored sister. Racism is part of the story, with occasional use of the n-word in the colloquial narrative. Like Hurston, who celebrated her rich roots but was also a wanderer at heart, this novel of lies and revelations will reach a wide audience, and some strong readers will want to follow up with Hurston's writings, including Their Eyes Are Watching God (1937). The novel's back matter includes a short biography of Hurston, an annotated bibliography of her groundbreaking work, and an endorsement by the Zora Neale Hurston Trust.--Rochman, Hazel Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly 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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Hurston, Zora Neale -- Childhood and youth -- Juvenile fiction.
Hurston, Zora Neale -- Childhood and youth -- Fiction.
Bildungsromans.
Race relations -- Juvenile fiction.
African Americans -- Juvenile fiction.
Coming of age -- Fiction.
Race relations -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Eatonville (Fla.) -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile fiction.
Eatonville (Fla.) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Florida -- Fiction.
Publisher Somerville, Mass. :Candlewick Press,2010
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Simon, T. R. (Tanya R.)
Language English
Awards Coretta Scott King John Steptoe Award for New Talent, author, 2011
Description 170 pages ; 20 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9780763643003 (hardcover)
0763643009 (hardcover)
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