|Zora and me : the cursed ground|
Author: Simon, T. R.
When Zora and her friend Carrie discover the town mute can actually speak, they try to uncover the mystery behind his silence, which has something to do with the tragic story of an enslaved girl that dates back fifty years before their time.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 5.50
Points: 7.0 Quiz: 196918
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 6-8
Reading Level: 5.50
Points: 12.0 Quiz: 75663
Kirkus Reviews (+) (08/01/18)
School Library Journal (+) (11/01/18)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/10/18)
The Hornbook (+) (00/09/18)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 08/01/2018 In 1903, 12-year-old Carrie and her best friend Zora Neale Hurston investigate missing horses and uncover many secrets about their African American town, including that the town mute can actually speak. In an alternative narrative set in 1855, an enslaved woman named Lucia recounts the story of her white half sister’s murder by the plantation owner’s son. Set in Eatonville, Florida, and on the plantation that preceded it, the stories (and some characters) eventually converge in an absorbing novel that reinforces the horrors of slavery and the importance of standing up for justice. A sequel to Zora & Me? (2010), which Simon coauthored with Victoria Bond, this story pays tribute to writer and anthropologist Hurston and weaves the basics of her life (she grew up in Eatonville, set many of her stories there, and, as an anthropologist, studied hoodoo practices in the Caribbean and American South) into a plausible fiction. Although the plot depends heavily on Carrie and Zora eavesdropping on the adults around them, this makes a satisfying read for historical fiction buffs. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 11/01/2018 Gr 5–8—Two years have passed since their last adventure in Zora and Me (2010), but the fictionalized Zora Neale Hurston and her best friend Carrie Brown are as curious as ever about the goings-on in their town of Eatonville, FL, the first all-black incorporated town in the United States. When their mute friend and neighbor, Mr. Polk, is the victim of a seemingly senseless attack and speaks to the town's hoodoo lady, Old Lady Bronson, the friends use their skills and town connections to get to the bottom of the mystery at hand, uncovering a curse that dates back to the time when slavery was legal in the United States. And slavery, to the surprise of Carrie and Zora, wasn't really that long ago. The story of a city separated by 48 years and a war—1903 Eatonville and 1855 Westin, as Eatonville was formerly known—is told in alternating chapters. Simon offers keen insight into how the past affects the present, no matter how many years between them. VERDICT A worthy purchase for all upper middle grade and middle school collections.—Brittany Drehobl, Morton Grove Public Library, IL - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.