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  • ISBN: 9780525515609 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 0525515607 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: 291, 21 pages ; 23 cm
  • Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, [2021]

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General Note:
Includes an excerpt from When the ground is hard.
Summary, etc.:
"A biracial girl living in post-apartheid South ... Read More
When Amandla wakes up on her fifteenth birthday, ... Read More
Target Audience Note:
Ages 12+. G. P. Putnam's Sons.
Grades 7-9. G. P. Putnam's Sons.
Subject: Racially mixed people > Fiction.
Poverty > Fiction.
Family secrets > Fiction.
Families > Fiction.
Genre: Detective and mystery fiction.

  • School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 2021 August

    Gr 8 Up—Amandla wakes up on her 15th birthday only to remember that surprise gifts are not always a good thing, especially when they come from her mother Annalisa. This year the gift is a blue "dress" made out of a sheet that will supposedly bring her long-absent father home. As always, Amandla acquiesces to Annalisa's fragile mental state and dons the strange attire while frantically plotting an escape plan. People already wonder about her mother's blonde hair, blue eyes, and white skin, which stand in stark contrast to Amandla's brown skin and greenflecked hazel eyes. She cannot imagine the humiliation awaiting her when she leaves the house wearing the sheet and ponders the cause of her mother's mental fuzziness and "visions," why they live in their poor community, and who and where her father is. These questions propel the plot forward as Amandla uncovers the painful secrets of her mother's past with the help of supportive, intergenerational friends and family. She also gains the courage to confront violent misogyny and racism in a post-apartheid South Africa, coming to accept herself as a biracial, intelligent individual. VERDICT This descriptive, fast-paced narrative is a compelling read that is difficult to put down and will likely fly off library shelves.—Ruth Quiroa, National Louis Univ., Lisle, IL

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