Victoria Bond & T.R. Simon's novel is multifaceted. Each character is well developed. Along the way there is so much wonderful information about a lady named Gold, a man named Mr. Pinder and Carrie, Zora's best friend. It seems each person is dealing with fear. For young children and adults there is wide view of what happens when we can't face our fears. The message is "The bad things that happen to you in life don't define misery--what you do with them does...You can't hide from life's pain, and folks that love you would never expect you to."
Zora and Me is about self discovery and personal growth. Carrie needs to come to terms about her father's death while Gold needs to make peace with racial identity. It's also about the power of love. This book is a treasure. For just a little while Zora, her friends and her town came back to life for me. In the end Carrie says,
"After taking a good long look inside myself, I also knew that my heart didn't belong to me. I wasn't even its landlord. The people, dirt, trees, bricks, and air of Eatonville were. Eatonville wasn't just my home. It was my destiny."