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Zora Neale Hurston '28 inspires girl detective in new young adult novel Zora and Me

The New York Times highlights a young adult novel inspired by esteemed writer Zora Neale Hurston '28, in which Hurston is a heroine girl detective set in her real hometown of Eatonville, Florida. From the Times:

"Where is the black version of Caddie Woodlawn (a 19th-century Wisconsin tomboy) or Harriet the Spy (a 20th-century Upper East Sider), smart, spunky, fictional heroines for the tween crowd?
Tanya Simon, a literary agent...answered by reaching back in time to Zora Neale Hurston, a canonical Harlem Renaissance writer, and imagining her as a girl detective. Ms. Simon and her close friend Victoria Bond put flesh on that idea with Zora and Me, an evocative mystery published last month by Candlewick Press."