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Sugar Town Queens



by
Malla Nunn

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Penguin Random House
Imprint
G.P. Putnam's Sons
ISBN
9780525515609
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Strong Language , Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes , Violence: General , Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism
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From Los Angeles Times Book Prize Award winner and Edgar Award nominee Malla Nunn comes a stunning portrait of a family divided and a powerful story of how friendship saves and heals.

When Amandla wakes up on her fifteenth birthday, she knows it’s going to be one of her mother’s difficult days. Her mother has had another vision. This one involves Amandla wearing a bedsheet loosely stitched as a dress. An outfit, her mother says, is certain to bring Amandla’s father back home, as if he were the prince and this was the fairytale ending their family was destined for. But in truth, Amandla’s father has long been gone—since before Amandla was born—and even her mother’s memory of him is hazy. In fact, many of her mother’s memories from before Amandla was born are hazy. It’s just one of the many reasons people in Sugar Town give them strange looks—that and the fact her mother is white and Amandla is Black.

When Amandla finds a mysterious address in the bottom of her mother’s handbag along with a large amount of cash, she decides it’s finally time to get answers about her mother’s life. What she discovers will change the shape and size of her family forever. But with her best friends at her side, Amandla is ready to take on family secrets and the devil himself. These Sugar Town queens are ready to take over the world to expose the hard truths of their lives.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Strong Language , Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes , Violence: General , Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

320

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

4.6: points 11

Lexile

HL680L

Genre

Fic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Dec 2021

Book Genres

Realistic Fiction

Topics

Racially mixed people. Poverty. Secrets. Family life. South Africa. Single mothers. Mothers and daughters. Squatter settlements. Friendship. Best friends. Visions. Family secrets.

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

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

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

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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