Zora and me

by Bond, Victoria, 1979-

Format: Book on CD 2010
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
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CLP - East Liberty Children's Audiovisual Collection j CD Bond
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CLP - Knoxville Children's Audiovisual j CD Bond
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CLP - Sheraden Children's Fiction Collection j CD Bond
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CLP - Squirrel Hill Children's Audiovisual Collection j CD Bond
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When a young man's body is found by the railroad tracks, the murder and its mysterious circumstances threaten the peace and security of a small Florida town. Zora believes she knows who killed Ivory, and she isn't afraid to tell anyone who'll listen.

Whether Zora is telling the truth or stretching it, she's a riveting storyteller. Her latest tale is especially mesmerizing because it is so chillingly believable: a murderous shape-shifting gator-man--half man, half gator--prowls the marshes nearby, aching to satisfy his hunger for souls and beautiful voices. And Ivory's voice? When Ivory sang, his voice was as warm as honey and twice as sweet.

Zora enlists her best friends, Carrie and Teddy, to help prove her theory. In their search for the truth, they stumble unwittingly into an ugly web of envy and lies, deceit and betrayal. Just as unexpectedly, the three friends become the key that unlocks the mystery and the unlikely saviors of Eatonville itself.

Best friend Carrie narrates this coming-of-age story set in the hometown of American author Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960). Drawing on Hurston's stories, novels, and life, debut novelists Victoria Bond and T. ?R. ?Simon create an utterly convincing echo of a literary giant in this, the only project ever to be endorsed by the Zora Neale Hurston Trust that was not written by Hurston herself.

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"
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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
Series Candlewick on BrillianceAudio.
Subjects Hurston, Zora Neale -- Childhood and youth -- Juvenile fiction.
Hurston, Zora Neale -- Childhood and youth -- Fiction.
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.
Children's audiobooks.
Publisher Grand Haven, MI :Brilliance Audio,2010
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Simon, T. R. (Tanya R.)
Waites, Channie.
Brilliance Audio (Firm)
Participants/Performers Performed by Channie Waites.
Audience 12 years and up.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
Compact disc.
Bonus content: Annotated bibliography of the works of Zora Neale Hurston, short author biography, and information about Eatonville, Florida.
Description 3 audio discs (approximately 4 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781455841394
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