When the Ground Is Hard
In this stunning and heartrending tale set in a Swaziland boarding school, 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 mone
Adele a ...more
Guys, GUYS, please read this wonderful little book. It's an #ownvoices book about 2 mixed-race girls in Africa and their story is emotional, full of ups and downs, full of questioning your own motives and looking for your place in the world.
Adele, at first, was slightly bratty, constantly thinking about and commenting Lottie's lack of money, manners and pretty clothes. On one hand, I understood her desire to be part of the popular crowd since that was ...more
Adele was part of the rich girls crowd, until she's assigned a new roommate, Lottie, a much poorer girl. Adele is deeply aware of all the ways s ...more
I'm always looking for ownvoices books written by authors with perspectives from outside the United States. I'm a public Librarian, and I particularly look for middle-school (grades 6-8) books, as historically I've been invited to present booktalks to virtually all of the thousands of middle school students in my local school district. It's also important that the books have great covers. This book was an easy one to pick for that line-up.
Nunn tells a story apparently based ...more
I picked this book up purely because it's set in Swaziland (now Eswatini) and I've never read anything set there before. And for the most part, I enjoyed it. But it also would have been good to lead with the fact that it's set in the 1960s under apartheid, because for the majority of the book I just assumed everyone was just racist and bigoted.
I enjoyed this, but I did feel like it took a litt ...more
I honestly didn’t know what to expect going into this book. All I knew was that two girls came together through a copy of a book. Does a book lover need to know much else? What ended up happening was I stumbled into a story of a young girl realizing that she has dreams and worth, and a friendship that changed their lives.
Adele is popular in school. She is mixed race with a white father, so that automatically ...more
Swaziland, perhaps the 1960s. The year isn't named, but Adele is a student while Swaziland is a British protectorate, and Swaziland gained independence in 1968. Her school is one of careful striations of power: the students are all mixed race, and if they've learned anything, it's that race matters. Race, and money. As Adele understands it, being mixed race makes one superior to being fully black, and being ligh ...more
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The 60’s in the British Protectorate of Swaziland: In Keziah Christian Academy, a missionary boarding school for mixed-race students, Adele, a “nice” and well-behaved young woman, is downgraded from the “pretties’” room, a room where only the richest girls sleep. The school is ruled by money.. ...more
This is a story about Adele, a mixed-race girl growing up in the 1960's in Swaziland. She attends a boarding school with other mixed-race children, where she is popular and enjoys the benefits of her family's economic status. However, this year, things change when she is cast out of the popular group and forced to roommate with Lottie, a troublemaker from a poor family. While Adele is not happy with this development at first, this bo ...more
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(this is for movement) (This book was provided to me as an ARC by Penguin Teen! Thank you!!!)
When the Ground is Hard is a story that seems simple: Adele is a 16 year old mixed-race girl in Swaziland in 1965 who goes to a Christian boarding school. She was once part of the very popular girls-girls who have rich fathers who pay tuition in full-and at the start of the school year, is forced out by a brand new, very rich girl. Adele is forced to room with one of the poor girls-Lottie-with ...more
The world of Keziah is a microcosm of the country itself, rigidly divided by color (a ...more
When the Ground is Hard is a story about Adele as she attends a mixed race boarding school called Keziah Christian Academy. She's one of the top popular girls, because her white father is rich enough to pay all ...more