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Moorhead Public Library Y NUN (Text) 33500013087614 New Available -
Greenbush Public Library ya NUN (Text) 35500006189052 Main Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780525515579
  • ISBN: 0525515577
  • Physical Description: 257 pages ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: New York, NY : G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, 2019.

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At Swaziland's Keziah Christian Academy, where the wealth and color of one's father determines one's station, once-popular Adele bonds with poor Lottie over a book and a series of disasters.
Swaziland. Adele Joubert is one of the popular girls at Keziah Christian Academy... until Delia dumps her for a new girl with more money. Forced to share a room with Lottie, the school pariah, the two eventually bond over a copy of Jane Eyre. 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. -- adapted from jacket

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 May #2
    *Starred Review* In Swaziland, wealth and privilege are tightly bound to race. As a mixed-race girl, Adele considers herself above the native Zulus, but her relatively privileged status is compromised by the fact that her white father lives with his "real" family in Johannesburg. Nevertheless, Adele has managed to find a place with the popular girls at her boarding school, until the arrival of a new girl slams her down the social hierarchy. Now Adele is stuck sharing an undesirable room with a decidedly unpopular girl, Lottie, best known for her fighting skills. The girls do share a love of reading, however, and bond over Jane Eyre. After weathering large and small traumas, they form a true friendship. Despite the predictable arc of the story, excellent writing and an evocative setting make this novel a standout. The racism that Adele and Lottie experience, where a small white minority holds disproportionate power, as is common in formerly colonized places, will feel both familiar and revelatory for many readers. And the transformative power of literature, demonstrated by two girls in Africa thrilling to the adventures of an impoverished girl in nineteenth-century England, also works its magic on readers of Adele's story. Grades 8-11. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

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 has published several adult books and has received two Edgar Award nominations. She married in a traditional Swazi ceremony. Her bride price was eighteen cows. She now lives and works in Sydney, Australia.

Subject: Books and reading > Fiction.
Missing persons > Fiction.
Boarding school students > Fiction.
Young adult fiction.
Racially mixed people > Fiction.
Social classes > Fiction.
Boarding schools > Fiction.
Schools > Fiction.
Popularity > Fiction.
Eswatini > Fiction.
Genre: Young adult fiction.

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