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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (451 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Victoria Bond, T. R. Simon Narrator: Channie Waites Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Zora and Me Series Release Date:
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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 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 and security of an entire town and forcing three children to come to terms with the dual-edged power of pretending.

Zora’s best friend, Carrie, narrates this coming-of-age story set in the Eden-like town of Eatonville, Florida, where justice isn’t merely an exercise in retribution, but a testimony to the power of community, love, and pride. A fictionalization of the early years of a literary giant, this astonishing novel is the first project ever to be endorsed by the Zora Neale Hurston Trust that was not authored by Hurston herself.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Debut authors Bond and Simon do their subject proud, spinning a tale about the childhood of writer Zora Neale Hurston.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The childhood of African-American literary giant Zora Neale Hurston is brought to life with this fictionalized account… The brilliance of this novel is its rendering of African-American child life during the Jim Crow era as a time of wonder and imagination, while also attending to its harsh realities. Absolutely outstanding.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Move over Nancy Drew. There’s a new girl sleuth in town…This mystery not only thrills and chills but vibrantly evokes a small Southern town in the early twentieth century.”

    Washington Post

  • Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books, Best Children's Book 2010
  • A 2011 Audie Award Finalist
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Selected for the Autumn 2010 Kids' Indie Next List: Top 10
  • A 2011 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best Juvenile Ficiton

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kellie | 2/10/2014

    " After a slow-ish start, I enjoyed this book. It was a good little murder mystery and a nice vacation read. I am not sure what age group it is aimed at, but alothough the main characters are 10 I think the vocabulary and plot would be hard for my fourth grader to follow (she is an average reader). Also, the murder is pretty gruesome and there is some racist profanity and intense race-related violence, so it would be good to at least pre-read this book if you have concerns. Even better if you can read it together. I plan to shelve it and maybe pick it up again in a year or two as a mother-daughter book club selection when my daughter has matured a little. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jill | 2/2/2014

    " This was a cute little book - so short it was almost a short story- fictional account of the childhood of Zora Neale Hurston who wrote Thier eyes were watching God. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lisa | 1/13/2014

    " Zora and Me reminded of some of the books that the McKissacks have written (specifically The Dark Thirty and Porch Lies). The author is a great story-teller and I was really into the especially when young Zora started weaving her tales. Not sure that I loved the ending, but I was rushing to finish as I loved the beginning so much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Krista the Krazy Kataloguer | 12/24/2013

    " Outstanding! Based on the childhood of folklorist Zora Neale Hurston, it's a story about a sheltered girl (Zora) living in the mostly black town of Eatonville, Florida, who discovers one summer, to her dismay, that, in the world outside of her town, the color of your skin makes a difference, and that secrets can be dangerous. I loved everything about this story--the authentic dialogue, the setting, the childlike outlooks of Carrie and Zora, and their gradual awakening to the reality of the adult world around them. That summer marked the end of their innocence and the beginning of becoming adults for Carrie, Zora, and their friend Teddy. Bond's descriptions of Eatonville and the children's innocent pastimes made me wish I was there enjoying their fun. The book left me wanting not only to read more about Eatonville and Zora's life but also to read some of her writings, particularly her autobiography, Dust Tracks on a Road. This book won the 2011 John Steptoe Award (part of the Coretta Scott King Awards) for new talent, and Victoria Bond surely has that. I can't wait to read another book by her, and I highly recommend this one. "

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