Imatge de l'autor

Zetta Elliott

Autor/a de Dragons in a Bag

45+ obres 1,643 Membres 87 Ressenyes 1 preferits

Sobre l'autor

Crèdit de la imatge: Zetta Elliott. 2009 Baltimore Book Festival. ©2009.


Obres de Zetta Elliott

Dragons in a Bag (2018) 501 exemplars
Bird (2008) 171 exemplars
The Dragon Thief (2019) 170 exemplars
A Wish After Midnight (2008) 142 exemplars
Say Her Name (2020) 102 exemplars
Ship of Souls (2012) 58 exemplars
Milo's Museum (2016) 46 exemplars
The Witch's Apprentice (2022) 45 exemplars
Moonwalking (2022) 35 exemplars
Benny Doesn't Like to Be Hugged (2017) 33 exemplars
Mother of the Sea (2017) 29 exemplars
The Phoenix on Barkley Street (2014) 16 exemplars
Max Loves Munecas! (1660) 15 exemplars
The Enchanted Bridge (2023) 15 exemplars
The Deep (2013) 13 exemplars
Room In My Heart (2014) 11 exemplars
I Love Snow! (2015) 8 exemplars
The Door at the Crossroads (2016) 8 exemplars
The Girl Who Swallowed the Sun (2014) 7 exemplars
A Hand to Hold (2016) 7 exemplars
Let the Faithful Come (2015) 6 exemplars
The Last Bunny in Brooklyn (2014) 6 exemplars
A Wave Came Through Our Window (2015) 5 exemplars
The Magic Mirror (2014) 5 exemplars
The Boy in the Bubble (2014) 5 exemplars
An Angel for Mariqua (2014) 4 exemplars
Fox & Crow: A Christmas Tale (2014) 4 exemplars
One Eye Open (2011) 4 exemplars
On My Block (2020) 2 exemplars
Cin's Mark (2018) 2 exemplars
Billie's Blues (2016) 2 exemplars
One-Act Plays (2009) 2 exemplars
Ten-Minute Plays (2009) 2 exemplars
Three Plays (2009) 2 exemplars
The War of the Witches (2024) 2 exemplars
American Phoenix: poems (2020) 1 exemplars

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We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices (2018) — Col·laborador — 217 exemplars
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Data de naixement
Llocs de residència
Brooklyn, New York, USA
New York University (PhD ∙ American Civilization)



Really sweet, slow paced book about magic in a modern setting
mslibrarynerd | Hi ha 15 ressenyes més | Jan 13, 2024 |
I really enjoyed this. The setup at the beginning is a bit slow - going into this knowing it was a time travel story, I was eager to get to the time travel part, but Elliott takes her time building Genna's world in Brooklyn, New York. Her family life is rife with trouble and she's desperate for a way out, wishing to move her family to a nice brownstone in a better part of town and study pschiatry in college. Sometimes she visits a fountain in a local garden and throws pennies in as she makes wishes. but being thrown back to the American Civil War is not what she had in mind. This is a point in history that I haven't seen written in fiction. When Genna gains consciousness in the past, she has left her mother, her siblings, and her boyfriend behind. The Emancipation Proclamation has just been passed and all slaves are freed; but freedom doesn't come as neatly as all that. When Genna first wakes, she is in so much pain she can barely move, and slave catchers load her body onto their cart in hopes of getting a reward for her discovery. She narrowly avoids the fate they intend and finds herself in an orphanage, and then as a nanny for the small son of a local abolitionist doctor.

This book is a look at America's dark past and the roots of my people. A draft is in effect and many young men are marching off to war. Black men, women and children attempt to run north and escape the South's desperate grip on slavery, and not all will make it. Tension between blacks, whites, and immigrants lead to violent riots. Genna has moderate comfort living with the doctor and his family (including his volatile wife), but she is learning that a young black woman in ninteenth century Brooklyn cannot be truly free.

Elliott covers a lot of ground in discussing history and its relation to modern issues. Genna's life in the past is in fascinating contrast with her modern life. Genna is reminded frequently that black Americans truly have come far from these brutal beginnings, but still have a long way to go. Even in the 21st century, she and her family live in poverty and struggle to survive. Her personality between the two periods is also in contrast. In the 21st century, Genna seems quiet and meek, but determined. But in the past, even her insecure personality is revolutionary. Her conflicts with the doctor's older black servant, Nannie, and his wife, Mrs. Brant, alternate between troubling and hilarious.

The character development is great; characters have room to grow and reveal their layers, not always neatly. And even when they don't agree, Genna and her friends have only each other to look to for survival. There were times when the book felt a bit stream-of-consciousness. Certain elements would pop up, and characters would be introduced, that made me wonder if they'd been introduced before and I simply forgot, or if Elliott had just decided to insert them at that moment. Nevertheless, this didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book. It also ends on a cliffhanger, and from what I understand, Elliott is working on a sequel.
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nilaffle | Hi ha 8 ressenyes més | Nov 6, 2023 |
ah yes a book about my two favorite things: punk and autistic stuff
frailandfreakish | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Sep 30, 2023 |
Milo's field trip to the museum is an eye-opening one. She learns about museum curators and docents, but doesn't see herself or her culture reflected in the exhibits. Perplexed, she takes a suggestion from her aunt to create her own museum with artifacts of her family's history. Milo opens a local museum and inspires her community to participate too. Use this book to engage elementary-aged students in representing their cultures and family histories.
KristiLM | Hi ha 4 ressenyes més | Jul 28, 2023 |



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