Zora and Me: The Cursed Ground

By T. R. Simon

A powerful fictionalized account of Zora Neale Hurston’s childhood adventures explores the idea of collective memory and the lingering effects of slavery.

“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.” 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.

  • The long-awaited second volume in the middle-grade historical fiction trilogy about Zora Neale Hurston, narrated by her (fictional) best childhood friend, Carrie, and begun in October 2010 with publication of Zora and Me, which was a CSK John Steptoe New Talent Award Winner, a Junior Library Guild Selection, an IndieBound Kids' Next List Selection, an NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts, a SIBA Okra Pick, an Edgar Award Nominee for Best Juvenile Mystery, and a World Book Night U.S. Pick for 2014.
  • A mystery and a tale of innocence and experience in which Zora and her friends are shocked to discover the ugly history that lies just beneath their feet in the small, peaceful town of Eatonville, Florida, their home and the first incorporated all-black township in the U.S.
  • Told in alternating viewpoints – one from the days of slavery and one from more than thirty years after ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment – this historical novel is a stark reminder that history is a living, breathing entity that follows us, haunts us, challenges us with every step we walk and with every breath a new generation takes.

About the author

T. R. Simon is the co-author, with Victoria Bond, of the 2011 John Steptoe New Talent Author Award winner Zora and Me. She is also the co-author, 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.

ISBN: 9780763643010
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: November 1, 2018
Dimensions: 133 x 190mm, 272pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $29.99
New Zealand RRP: $34.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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