Book Review: Zora and Me: The Cursed Ground

Zora and Me: The Cursed Ground

by T.R. Simon

Candlewick Press


Children’s Fiction , Middle Grade

Pub Date 11 Sep 2018

I am reviewing a copy of Zora &Me: The Cursed Ground through Candlewick Press and Netgalley:

This book is a powerful fictionalized account of Zora Neale Hurston’s childhood adventures.

Zora Neale Hurston and her best friend Claire learn the town mute is not really mute after all making them feel as if they uncovered a big secret, but Mr Polk’s silence hides something that goes back fifty years, and the tragic story of a girl named Lucia who was a slave. Zora’s curiosity leads her and a reluctant Carrie deeper into the mystery.

The story is told in two different narratives one in 1903 and the other 50 years prior where we learn of Lucia. It shows how Lucia’s struggle for freedom resonates over the years threatening the future of America’s first black township.

I give Zora and Me five out of five stars!

Happy Reading!

Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge in the light: Helen Keller

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