When the Ground Is Hard

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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.--from the publisher

272 pages                 978-0525515579              Ages 14 and up

Keywords: East Africa, Swaziland, boarding school, friendship, accepting others, acceptance, mystery, prejudice, bullies, loyalty, caste system, multiracial, biracial, discrimination, diverse books, diversity, multicultural, popularity, fitting in

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