When The Ground is Hard

By: Malla Nunn
Location: FIC NUN
Genre:  Historical Fiction, Africa, Coming of Age, Mystery

A stunning and heartrending mystery set in a Swaziland boarding school about two girls of different castes who bond over a shared copy of Jane Eyre.

Adele loves being one of the popular girls at Keziah Christian Academy. She knows the upcoming semester at school will 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.

As they share a copy of Jane Eyre, Lottie's gruff exterior and honesty grow on Adele, and together they take on bullies and protect each other from the vindictive and prejudiced teachers. When a boy goes missing on campus, Adele and Lottie must work together to solve the mystery, in the process learn the true meaning of friendship.

"Every now and then you read a book that is an utter surprise and delight. This book was so good right from the start that I read this in one sitting. I love following these girls throughout their school year. In this story, so many assumptions are made about people based on their class, and those judgments transferred from the parents to their children. What I found so beautiful in this story was watching these two girls, who were seemingly enemies having grown up in very different economic situations, go through the school year together, and really getting to know one another. Through the time they spend together, they realize the assumptions they both held of one another was completely wrong, and the most beautiful friendship forms and it just warms your heart in such a big way. I just loved everything about this story. I didn't hear much about this book, but it most definitely deserved way more buzz than it received." Naomi- Goodreads


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