When the Ground Is Hard by Malla Nunn audiobook

When the Ground Is Hard

By Malla Nunn
Read by Bahni Turpin

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8.10 Hours Unabridged
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    ISBN: 9781984890689

Edgar Award nominee stuns in this heartrending tale set in a Swaziland boarding school where two girls of different castes bond over a shared copy of Jane Eyre. 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.

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Summary

Summary

Edgar Award nominee stuns in this heartrending tale set in a Swaziland boarding school where two girls of different castes bond over a shared copy of Jane Eyre.

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

A disturbing book with a morally compelling hero. Booklist
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
Unforgettable. The Sydney Morning Herald
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
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
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
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
Consistently engaging. Booklist
★ "With this gripping sequel...Nunn deftly balances suspense and deduction. Publishers Weekly, starred review
When the Ground Is Hard heralds a truly unique literary voice. In prose poetic and fierce, Malla Nunn gives 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
Accidents, lies, thefts…secrets…dead bodies, and illicit rendezvous make for riveting reading in this taut novel. School Library Journal
★ “Turpin reads with a musical African accent. She makes fine distinctions among the characters’ voices and embodies Adele’s swiftly shifting emotions. American missionaries have clipped accents, and male characters sound credible. The richly evoked setting may be strange to American readers, and the vivid racism may be shocking, but teens will be drawn into the girls’ growing friendship and search for self. Booklist, starred review on audiobook
The gorgeous imagery sets the scene wonderfully … an engrossing narrative that gently but directly explores complex relationships. Kirkus Reviews
Racial prejudice has never been exclusive to the United States, and this title provides American readers with a sensitive exploration of how it affected a very different place. School Library Connection
★ "Stellar Publishers Weekly, starred review
★ "Gripping and thoughtful . . . Nunn brilliantly combines character and fair play clues. Publishers Weekly, starred review
★ "Excellent writing and an evocative setting make this novel a standout. Booklist, starred review

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Author Bio: Malla Nunn

Author Bio: Malla Nunn Malla Nunn was born in Swaziland, South Africa, and currently lives in Sydney, Australia. She is a filmmaker with three award-winning films to her credit and is currently at work on her next novel.

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Details

Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 8.10
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Language: English