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Zora and me : the cursed ground /

by Simon, T. R. (Tanya R.) [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Zora and me.Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, [2018]Edition: First edition.Description: 250 pages, 16 unnumbered pages ; 20 cm.ISBN: 9780763643010; 0763643017.Language note: Text in English.Other title: Zora & me; Cursed ground.Subject(s): Hurston, Zora Neale -- Childhood and youth -- Juvenile fiction | Hurston, Zora Neale -- Childhood and youth -- Fiction | African American girls -- Juvenile fiction | Slaves -- United States -- Juvenile fiction | Detective and mystery stories | Florida -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile fiction | Coming of age -- Fiction | Race relations -- Fiction | African Americans -- Fiction | Eatonville (Fla.) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction | Biographical fiction | Detective and mystery fiction | Fiction | Historical fiction | History | Juvenile works | Historical fiction | Historical fiction | Biographical fiction | Detective and mystery fictionSummary: A fictionalized account of Zora Neale Hurston's childhood with her best friend Carrie, in Eatonville, Florida, as they learn about life, death, and the differences between truth, lies, and pretending. Includes an annotated bibliography of the works of Zora Neale Hurston, a short biography of the author, and information about Eatonville, Florida.
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A 2019 Edgar Award Nominee<br> <br> A powerful fictionalized account of Zora Neale Hurston's childhood adventures explores the idea of collective memory and the lingering effects of slavery. <br> <br> "History ain't in a book, especially when it comes to folks like us. History is in the lives we lived and the stories we tell each other about those lives." <br> <br> When Zora Neale Hurston and her best friend, Carrie Brown, discover that the town mute can speak after all, they think they've uncovered a big secret. But Mr. Polk's silence is just one piece of a larger puzzle that stretches back half a century to the tragic story of an enslaved girl named Lucia. As Zora's curiosity leads a reluctant Carrie deeper into the mystery, the story unfolds through alternating narratives. Lucia's struggle for freedom resonates through the years, threatening the future of America's first incorporated black township -- the hometown of author Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960). In a riveting coming-of-age tale, award-winning author T. R. Simon champions the strength of a people to stand up for justice.

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A fictionalized account of Zora Neale Hurston's childhood with her best friend Carrie, in Eatonville, Florida, as they learn about life, death, and the differences between truth, lies, and pretending. Includes an annotated bibliography of the works of Zora Neale Hurston, a short biography of the author, and information about Eatonville, Florida.

Text in English.

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<opt> <anon I1="BLANK" I2="BLANK">PROLOGUE   There are two kinds of memory. One is the ordinary kind, rooted in things that happened, people you  knew,  and  places  you went. I remember my father this way: laughing, picking me up, singing lullabies in his gentle bass. I see him swinging my mother in a half circle, the hem of her blue skirt flying up to show the rough white thread she used for mending, like a bed of stars along a ridge. The second kind of memory is rooted in the things you live with, the land you live on, the history of where you belong. You tend not to notice it, much less think about it, but it seeps into you, grows its long roots down into the richest soil of your living mind. Because most of us pay this second kind of memory no mind, the people who do talk about it seem to   us superstitious or even crazy. But they aren't. The power of that memory is equal to any of the memories we make ourselves, because it represents our collective being, the soul of a place. After losing my father, after nursing myself to sleep nights on end with glimpses of the past with him, I was well enough acquainted with the first kind of memory. But by twelve I was still too young to pay much mind to the memories held by the town we lived in, by Eatonville itself. That all changed the night we found Mr. Polk, his blood soaking into the earth. When I look back, I wonder how it had never before occurred to me that Eatonville, America's first incorporated colored town, might have a history that stretched back beyond its name and my twelve years. How could I have thought our town began with Teddy, Zora, and me, that it had just opened into the infinite present of our young lives? In fact, we were living out Eatonville's history as blindly as pawns in a century-old chess game. We were no more new or free than the land itself, but like all young people, we confused our youth with beginning and our experience with knowledge. It wasn't until that night -- when we heard the town mute speak to the town conjure woman -- that Zora and I began to forge a real connection with the land, a connection that let us know ourselves through a past we hadn't lived but was inside us all the same. Excerpted from Cursed Ground by T. R. Simon All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.</anon> </opt>

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Horn Book Review

This second novel featuring a young Zora Neale Hurston and her friend Carrie Brown is once again set in the girls hometown of Eatonville, Florida, in 1903, less than forty years after the end of the Civil War. A year has passed since the events of Zora and Me, with bold, curious, story-loving Zora still as leader and narrator Carrie as follower (albeit an appreciative one; Zora made life in a town no bigger than a teacup feel like it held the whole world). As the twelve-year-olds are pulled deeper into a mystery involving their tight-knit African American community, the narrative begins to alternate with that of Lucia, a girl enslaved on a Florida plantation in 1855. When the stories begin to mergethe tone shifting from suspenseful to eerie to tragic to downright terrifyingthe friends are brought up against some hard truths concerning race and power, hate and love, slavery and freedom. The climactic scenewith a posse of armed white men set on taking by force the cursed ground of the books subtitle and killing the lands owneris heart-stopping; that it ends happily with the villain vanquished, given the realities of Jim Crow America, is not a foregone conclusion. Simon keeps the plot moving briskly and sustains suspense even as she folds in truly profound, timely, and important themes; and one of the things Zora and Carrie have learned by books end is that history wasnt something you read in a book. It was everything your life stood on. martha v. Parravano (c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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