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Sorrow's Kitchen

The Life and Folklore of Zora Neale Hurston

About The Book

This nonfiction middle grade biography explores the life and work of one of the greatest African American woman writers, Zora Neale Hurston.

Zora Neale Hurston was a prominent figure of the Harlem Renaissance whose stories, plays, essays, and articles recorded black folklore and portrayed the struggles of life in the South—including Their Eyes Were Watching God.

About The Author

Mary E. Lyons is the author of many books for children and young adults, including Roy Makes a Car, Feed the Children First, Dear Ellen Bee, Letters from a Slave Girl, and Sorrow’s Kitchen. She has received the Golden Kite Award and a Horn Book Fanfare for Letters from a Slave Girl, a 2005 Aesop Award for Roy Makes a Car, and a Carter G. Woodson Award for Sorrow’s Kitchen. A teacher and former librarian, she lives in Charlottesville, Virginia. You can learn more about her at

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Awards and Honors

  • ILA Teachers' Choices
  • Horn Book Fanfare
  • ALA Best Books For Young Adults
  • Carter G. Woodson Book Award (NCTFSS)
  • Charlton W. Tebeau Book Award
  • Joan G. Sugarman Children's Book Award

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