Invitatin to a Beheading, Vladimir Nabokov. Ol' Vladdy describes this one as "a violin in a void. The worldling will deem it a trick. Old men will hurriedly turn from it to regional romances and the lives of public figures... The evil-minded will perceive in little Emmie a sister of little Lolita. But I know a few readers who will jump up, ruffling their hair."
This is the only book not written by Hurston herself that is endorsed by the Zora Neale Hurston Trust. The book offers vivid language and numerous passages that can serve as writing prompts or examples for students. It is an easy-to-read yet sophisticated chapter book for middle and high school students.