Zora and Me
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
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The story is inspired by the childhood of the famous author Zora Neale Hurston in her hometown of Eatonville, Florida. Zora's best friend Carrie tells the tales of their adventures, stories and the towns peo ...more
Under 200 pages long, this book is the result of collaboration between Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon. Their fictionalized account of Harlem renaissance author Zora Neale Hurston’s childhood, brings the reader into gator country, Eatonville, Florida, during the Jim Crow period.
Zora’s outspoken manner and boldness is seen through ...more
First Line: "It's funny how you can be in a story but not realize until the end that you were in one."
One Great Line: "We hopped and skipped like coal embers were grazing our toes right through our shoes" (76).
What I Thought: When I first read The Bluest Eye and I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings , I realized I had heard a new voice, one that was absent from my white middle-class upbringing. I hungered to hear it again and went on to read more. What I l ...more
—Zora and Me, P. 69
Right off the top, there are a few things about this book that stir my curiosity. How much of the story is an authentic biographical portrait of the young Zora Neale Hurston? Was this intended to be pretty much an accurate account of a real ser ...more
Zora and her best friend live in an all-black community in earl ...more
I enjoyed the book but other than the anme and living in the same town I saw no connections to the famous author Zora Neale Hurston, which I had never heard of before, but read about at the end of the book in a skeleton biography by the author.
A short book about two black girls in the late 1890's or turn of the century who in their fourth grade school year are witness to a death and several strange events. In their attempt to make s ...more
This was a very fast read. Zora herself is a delight. She reminds me a bit ...more
The story is interesting enough, I guess, but the focus on a young Zora Neale Hurston didn't really work for me. The way it's set up makes it less Carrie's story than Zora's, and if the narrator is a true participant, she shouldn't feel like a supporting character in her own story.
The genre of this book is historical fiction. The reading level is fifth and sixth grade.
This story is about a girl named Zora who lives in Eatonville, Florida and is told by Zora’s friend Carrie. In the town of Eatonville, it is mostly comprised of African-American race. During the summer that this story takes place; Zora begins to understand that the color of one’s skin matters once she gets outside of her town of Eatonville. Since Zora has a very wild imagination, she ...more
Appeal: Great for African American students to learn about their history. Great novel to tie into history when learning about segregation and the Jim Crow Laws.
Award: Corretta Scott John King Award
Zora and Me is a book that was part of my son's Battle ...more
For those who are looking for a sweet story about 2 young girls, ...more
This book was written to be read al ...more
It's the summer after fourth grade and Carrie is looking forward to spending the lazy days with her best friends Zora (Neale Hurston) and Teddy. Zora is a born storyteller and when she claims she has seen a local man with a gator's head, she spins a yarn that the adults refuse to believe and the children aren't sure what to think. Carrie gets sucked into Zora's wild adventure to find the gator man and solve the mystery of a local murder. Zora's tale may have disastrous consequences for everyone ...more
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