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Malla Nunn
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When The Ground Is Hard

Malla Nunn


Penguin USA

Children's & Educational;
General fiction (Children's&YA)


256 pages

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Adele Joubert loves being one of the popular girls at Keziah Christian Academy. She knows the upcoming semester at school is going to be great with her best friend Delia at her side. Then Delia dumps her for a new girl with more money, and Adele is forced to share a room with Lottie, the school pariah, who doesn't pray and defies teachers' orders. But as they share a copy of Jane Eyre, Lottie's gruff exterior and honesty grow on Adele, and Lottie learns to be a little sweeter. Together, they take on bullies and protect each other from the vindictive and prejudiced teachers. Then a boy goes missing on campus and Adele and Lottie must rely on each other to solve the mystery and maybe learn the true meaning of friendship.

By:   Malla Nunn
Imprint:   Penguin USA
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 140mm, 
Weight:   567g
ISBN:   9780525515579
ISBN 10:   0525515577
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   May 2019
Recommended Age:   From 13 to 17 years
Audience:   Young adult ,  Preschool (0-5)
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

After her family migrated to Australia to escape apartheid, Malla Nunn graduated with a double degree in English and History and then earned a Master of Arts in Theater Studies from Villanova University. Faced with a life of chronic under-employment, she dabbled in acting and screenwriting. She wrote and directed three award-winning films including Servant of the Ancestors, which won Best Documentary awards at film festivals in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Zanzibar and was shown on national television in Australia. She married in a traditional Swazi ceremony. Her bride price was eighteen cows. She now lives and works in Sydney, Australia.

Praise for When the Ground Is Hard When the Ground Is Hard heralds a truly unique literary voice. In prose poetic and fierce, Malla Nunn give us profound insight into the racial and class pecking order in 1960s Swaziland and the violence that shapes women's and girls' lives--and their futures. Taut, ambitious--a stunning debut. --Marina Budhos, author of the award-winning Watched and the forthcoming The Long Ride Praise for Malla Nunn's Detective Emmanuel Cooper Series: Superlative. --Publishers Weekly, starred review Gripping and thoughtful . . . Nunn brilliantly combines character and fair play clues. --Publishers Weekly, starred review Stellar --Publishers Weekly, starred review With this gripping sequel...Nunn deftly balances suspense and deduction. --Publishers Weekly, starred review Consistently engaging. --Booklist Unforgettable. --The Sydney Morning Herald Historical hindsight may make readers a bit more self-congratulatory about recognizing the evils of apartheid, but it won't help them see around the curves Nunn has plotted or rise above her insight into the enduring dilemmas of her separate-and-unequal world. --Kirkus Reviews A disturbing book with a morally compelling hero. --Booklist An engrossing and compelling read . . . saturated with the feel of 1950s South Africa. --Mike Nicol, author of the Revenge trilogy The suspense is irresistible, and the mystery sustains itself well. This is a wonderfully effective addition to Nunn's already masterful series of novels. A highly recommended novel. --Historical Novel Society This well-plottedbook is like a jigsaw puzzle whose pieces fit together with a terribleprecision, and yet can be read with hope that the good guys will prevail. (Itis a series, after all.) Recommended for anyone who loves a good mystery with acomplicated, tough protagonist worth falling for. --Historical Novel Society Malla Nunn's books have it all: fast-paced, intricate storylines; an exotic setting in a dangerousera; a deeply flawed hero; and an Oscar-worthy cast of supporting characters. --Bookpage We're fortunate indeed that writers like Malla Nunn are here, working on books like PRESENT DARKNESS. This is crime fiction that goes into an area of human behaviour and a history that needs to be held up to the light, remembered, examined and understood. --Reviewing the Evidence

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