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Geeder's summer at her uncle's farm is made special because of her friendship with a very tall, composed woman who raises hogs and who closely resembles the magazine photograph of a Watutsi queen. An 11-year-old black city girl is lightly guided from her daydreams to reality by Zeely, who is as kind as she is tall and beautiful. An 11-year-old African American city girl is lightly guided from her daydreams to reality by Zeely, who is as kind as she is tall & beautiful. new 25th anniversary edition. "For Geeder, competent, self-possessed, six-and-a-half-foot Zeely Taylor becomes a romanticized idol. When Geeder finally meets Zeely, she gains a new perspective on daydreams and reality and a more realistic appreciation of Zeely's true character."