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
Admit it. As a student, you read the Cliff Notes, or more likely these days, the Wikipedia summary, of a required text rather than do your homework. Perhaps as an adult, you’ve refined the process. A few reviews, and you blithely pretend that you’ve read the book they’re talking about at the dinner party.
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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
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.
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
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
Zora, Carrie and their friend Teddy live in a world defined by the magical stories Zora devises from the events around them. Carrie conveys Zora's genius ability to give personality to everything around Eatonville, Zora could make a story about anything, or put a...more
Zora and her friends Carrie and Teddy get into all sorts of trouble in their small Florida community in the early 1900s. Zora has a flair for the dramatic and is always making up one story or another. After a local man is mauled to death trying to wrestle an alligator, Zora comes up with two stories-- one about Mr. Pendir having the snout of an alligator, and one about what might have happened to a man found murdered beside the railroad tracks. Her stori...more
While I loved the insight into Zora...more
~ Carrie, narrator of this wonderful YA historical fiction novel.
While Carrie is fictional, the true subject of this novel, Zora Neale Hurston, is real. Hurston is perhaps the most famous woman writer from the Harlem Renaissance era. This is a fictional tale from her childhood. The setting, Eatonsville, Florida is also very real. It was the first incorporated all-black township in the United States.
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