Jump at the Sun | The Story of Zora Neale Hurston - Alder & Alouette

Jump at the Sun: The True Life Tale of Unstoppable Story Catcher Zora Neale Hurston

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From the Newbery Honor–winning author of Genesis Begins Again comes a shimmering picture book that shines the light on Zora Neale Hurston, the extraordinary writer and storycatcher extraordinaire who changed the face of American literature.

Zora was a girl who hankered for tales like bees for honey. Now, her mama always told her that if she wanted something, “to jump at de sun”, because even though you might not land quite that high, at least you’d get off the ground. So Zora jumped from place to place, from the porch of the general store where she listened to folktales, to Howard University, to Harlem. And everywhere she jumped, she shined sunlight on the tales most people hadn’t been bothered to listen to until Zora. The tales no one had written down until Zora. Tales on a whole culture of literature overlooked…until Zora. Until Zora jumped.

  • Written by Alicia D. Williams and Illustrated by Jacqueline Alcántara.
  • Published by Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books, January 12, 2021.
  • Ages 4 to 9 years old
  • 0.6" H x 11.1" L x 10.2" W (1.28 lbs) 48 pages
  • Hardcover


Praise For Jump At The Sun: The True Life Tale Of Unstoppable Storycatcher Zora Neale Hurston

*"A lively, joyfully rendered portrait of a literary legend."
— Publisher Weekly, starred review

* “Williams’ narration is a readaloud dream….it will be a joyful guide for folklore enthusiasts”
— BCCB, starred review

* “This introduction to an American icon feels just right.”
— Kirkus Reviews, starred review