Zora and Me

Genre: Middle Grade

Zora and Me

When a young man’s body is found by the railroad tracks, the murder and its mysterious circumstances threaten the peace and security of a small Florida town. Zora believes she knows who killed Ivory, and she isn’t afraid to tell anyone who’ll listen.Whether Zora is telling the truth or stretching it, she’s a riveting storyteller. Her latest tale is especially mesmerizing because it is so chillingly believable: a murderous shape-shifting gator-man—half man, half gator—prowls the marshes nearby, aching to satisfy his hunger for souls and beautiful voices. And Ivory’s voice? When Ivory sang, his voice was as warm as honey and twice as sweet.Zora enlists her best friends, Carrie and Teddy, to help prove her theory. In their search for the truth, they stumble unwittingly into an ugly web of envy and lies, deceit and betrayal. Just as unexpectedly, the three friends become the key that unlocks the mystery and the unlikely saviors of Eatonville itself.Best friend Carrie narrates this coming-of-age story set in the hometown of American author Zora Neale Hurston (1891–1960). Drawing on Hurston’s stories, novels, and life, debut novelists Victoria Bond and T. ?R. ?Simon create an utterly convincing echo of a literary giant in this, the only project ever to be endorsed by the Zora Neale Hurston Trust that was not written by Hurston herself.

Unabridged recording:
Run time: 4 hours
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Victoria Bond

Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon met ten years ago while working together in publishing and became fast friends. Both of them are fascinated with place and belonging, and both are ardent fans of Zora Neale Hurston. So when the idea to collaborate on a book about Zora Neale Hurston’s childhood arose, they didn’t hesitate to dive right in. Hurston’s life as both field anthropologist and writer also custom-fit their own backgrounds: T.R. Simon has an MA in anthropology, while Victoria Bond holds an MFA in creative writing.
T. R. Simon

T. R. Simon is the coauthor, with Victoria Bond, of the John Steptoe New Talent Author Award winner Zora and Me. She is also the coauthor, with Richard Simon, of Oskar and the Eight Blessings, illustrated by Mark Siegel and winner of the National Jewish Book Award for Children’s Literature. T. R. Simon lives in Westchester County, New York.
Channie Waites

Channie Waites is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University. One of her many joys is working as an actor for the not-for-profit organization Only Make Believe. She has several NY and regional acting credits. Channie also performs and teaches with the Phyllis Rose Dance Company and is a member of EOJAS.

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