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Zora and Me: The Summoner

(Zora and Me #3)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  22 reviews
In the finale to the acclaimed trilogy, upheaval in Zora Neale Hurston's family and hometown persuade her to leave childhood behind and find her destiny beyond Eatonville.

For Carrie and her best friend, Zora, Eatonville--America's first incorporated Black township--has been an idyllic place to live out their childhoods. But when a lynch mob crosses the town's border to pur
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 13th 2020 by Candlewick Press
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Shelby M. (Read and Find Out)
Trigger warnings: Death of parent, grief, hate crime, racial slurs, racism, slavery, sexism

Overall rating: 4 stars

Style/writing: 4.5 stars
Themes: 4 stars
Characters: 4 stars
Plot: 3 stars
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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ZORA AND ME: THE SUMMONER transports the reader to Eatonville, the first incorporated Black township in Florida, in the early 1900s. Zora and Carrie are best friends and the town is a great place to be - for the most part. The book begins with a white mob's search for a "fugitive" named Terrace Side, who they think may have headed to Eatonville. The town is basically powerless to stop them, and the tension and fear is clear.

Alex  Baugh
I was really looking forward to reading this final book in the Zora and Me trilogy, but I'm afraid I was rather disappointed. Carrie and Zora are no longer children and are entering 8th grade, their last year of school in Eatonville. The story begins with the capture and murder of a fugitive, and is quickly followed by the grave robbing of Chester Cools, a man who seemed possessed before he died. It doesn't take long before other people seem to be possessed by the same thing that killed Chester. ...more
Jul 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Zora & Me: The Summoner is the final book in the Zora & Me trilogy which is set in the summer of 1905 and is the historical fictionalized account of author Zora Neale Hurston's early childhood as narrated by her best friend Carrie. The setting of Eatonville, Florida brings the historical significance of not only being the home of Zora Hurston, but was also the first black incorporated municipality in the U.S. What I enjoyed about the setting was its community atmosphere, where neighbors help nei ...more
J.L. Slipak
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the finale to the acclaimed trilogy, upheaval in Zora Neale Hurston’s family and hometown persuade her to leave childhood behind and find her destiny beyond Eatonville.

For Carrie and her best friend, Zora, Eatonville–America’s first incorporated Black township–has been an idyllic place to live out their childhoods. But when a lynch mob crosses the town’s border to pursue a fugitive and a grave robbery resuscitates the ugly sins of the past, the safe ground beneath them seems to shift. Not onl
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
First, I want to note that while this is the third book in a trilogy, you probably wouldn’t have a problem reading it as a standalone, it provides enough information about the characters that you likely won’t feel lost, though obviously ideally, if you have access to all three books, you’d get the most of out of them, especially out of the kids coming of age, if you did read all three in sequential order.

There is a mystery in this involving grave robbing, sleuthing is at a minimum though and the
This is the last book of the series Zora and Me, and definitely inspires me to read the previous two books in the series. This can be read as a standalone as well.. The series is told from the point of view of Carrie, one of Zora's bestie. Having read Zora Neale Hurston's "Their eyes were watching God" I was interested in reading this biographical middle grade series on the author, intrigued by the strong woman (Janie) character she created. Thanks to Net Galley and the Publishers for this oppor ...more
Thanks to Candlewick Press for this advanced copy!
This is the final book of Victoria Bond's trilogy about Zora Neale Hurston's family and hometown of Eatonville, which is the first incorporated black township in America. I've enjoyed each one, the books unfolding as Victoria Bond used facts from Hurston's life to weave a dramatic story for middle-grade readers. This finale shows Zora's family and Eatonville itself immersed in a frightening upheaval that includes a lynch mob pursuing a fugitive
Tara Jennings
I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway, not knowing it was part of a series at first but decided to still give it a go and see how it turned out, and the story was really good and my teen agrees as she is currently reading it right now! It is a shorter story but still very involved and had a lot of topic to it that is great for a historical type read. Zora is a very strong character and I like strong female led books. This book had a feel from a transition from childhood into adulthood for ...more
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The third book in the outstanding Zora and Me trilogy sees young Zora Neale Hurston and her best friend, Carrie, facing quickly changing times in Eatonville: grief, loss, and racism are closing in on Eatonville and will change Zora's life forever. A fugitive is hunted down and lynched in Eatonville - America's first incorporated Black township - and the mob gleefully terrorizes the citizens of Eatonville; a longtime resident's death and grave desecration sparks fear into the town and Zora and Ca ...more
Mar 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this novelized glimpse into the childhood of Zora Neale Hurston and the town of Eatonville where she lived until her father's remarriage. Zora and her father, the pastor of the local church knock heads over most things. She's way too curious and opinionated for him and he favors her older sister. The death of a local resident, his robbed grave, and a prior statement that he believed he was a zombie start Zora obsessing about it and whether a zombie ritual or photography could sa ...more
Jul 18, 2020 rated it liked it
I saw last year "The Great American Read" on television in which one of the books mentioned and praised was one by Zora Neale Hurston. I had never heard of her before and was glad to pick up this third part of a trilogy about her, to learn something of her. This is a fictionalized account of her later childhood as told by her friend Carrie. Zora and her family live in an all-Black incorporated town: Eatonville in Florida. This novel details the girls' friendship with the main incidents being a l ...more
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Zora and Me: The Summoner
By Victoria Bond

A Librarything Early Reviewer's book.
In this third, and final, book of the Zora and Me series, Zora and Carrie and their town deal with the horrors of lynching, up close and personal. The main characters are now young teenagers, and their understanding of the darkness of the world has grown, and so it seems has Zora, by the end of the book she is too large for the small town she grew up in. Especially after the death of her mother and the dismantling
Oct 26, 2020 rated it liked it
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I would have given this book four stars but it lacks the sort of author note which I feel all historical fiction ought to be privy, a clarification for readers identifying which bits are historical and which bits are fiction. Overall, I enjoyed the story and I found it less laboured than the first book (a book I did not finish). It was a quick and easy read and probably a good resource for helping children understand the day-to-day lives of black folk at the turn of the 20th century (but it coul ...more
May 19, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This finale to the Zora and Me trilogy is fast paced and ties up loose ends in a way that should satisfy readers that were frustrated in the endings for the first and second novels. If you love alternate history in historical fiction you will enjoy this piece. This story tackles some pretty heavy topics which may need some front loading by teachers depending on the students.. However, readers that choose this story independently will be able to handle the topics in the recommended age range for ...more
Sue Stearns
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of Zora and Me, The Summoner. Knowing it was the third in the series and I had not read the other two, I decided to give it a go anyways. It was so good! It’s not a very long book but all of the characters came to life! It was a quick, easy and fun but sometimes emotional, read. I will definitely read the other two now!
Mar 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book in a good reads giveaway. This book was an excellent read. It has some moments and phrases that hit hard about both racism and sexism. A great book for educators to diversify their libraries.
Csimplot Simplot
Excellent book!!!
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book, full of emotion and storyline is wonderful. Thank you, I will pass it to my friends to enjoy it too.
Jen Lowry
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my top favorite books of all time. My heart ached and was full all at once. Just a masterful ending to a trilogy that should be taught in every middle school classroom!
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Victoria Bond is the coauthor, with T. R. Simon, of the John Steptoe New Talent Author Award winner Zora and Me. She holds an MFA in creative writing and is a lecturer at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. Victoria Bond lives in New Jersey with her family.

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