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...more
Zora and her best friend live in an all-black community in earl...more
This book was written to be read al...more
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...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
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
"The reader is lulled into the lives of Carrie, Zora, and Teddy with all the charm and wit Carrie can afford, and with the opening, tantali...more
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.
One of the joys of working with kids is that...more
The novel is inspired by the childhood of noted novelist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, perhaps best known for her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. I must admit that I have never read any of Zora Neale Hu...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
This was a very fast read. Zora herself is a delight. She reminds me a bit...more
Zora loves to tell stories and all the school children...more
While I loved the insight into Zora...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
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
"The trees swaye...more
Drenched in sense of place and time, Zora and Me brings the Harlem Renaissance author Zora Neale Hurston to life as a spunky ten year old, growing up in turn of the century (19th to 20th) Eatonville, Florida, the first incorporated all Black town that Hurston paints so well in her autobiography, Dust Tracks on a Road, and her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. Told from the point of view of Zora's friend, Carrie, the novel is rich in language and full of all manner of characters. We encounter a...more
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