Thursday, April 21, 2011

Zora and Me by Victoria Bond-OPTIONAL

Zora and MeBond, Victoria, Zora and Me. Candlewick Press, 2010. Pgs. 170. Language: G, Violence: G, Sexual Content: G

Growing up with Zora Neale Hurston can be a bit of a headache for Carrie and Teddy. Zora loves to make up stories that are exaggerated. Her latest story is about a local man named Mr. Pendir is part gator. When the three’s guitar-playing friend, Ivory is killed while night swimming at Blue Sink, the neighborhood swimming pool, Zora believes Mr. Pendir is the one who killed him. Does Zora’s story have truth? Can the three friends solve the murder mystery?

A funny, quirky story for young readers. The characters are memorable and well-developed. The plot is slow-moving at first, but picks up with a mystery that is well-crafted. Readers who like historical fiction, friendship, and mysteries will enjoy reading this book. EL (4-6). OPTIONAL. Reviewer: Kira M, Youth Services Librarian, WHI Public Library

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