Shortlist year: 
2020
Shortlist category: 
Young adult literature
Published by: 
Allen & Unwin

About the book

'When the Ground is Hard' by Mall Nunn

Adele loves being one of the popular girls at Keziah Christian Academy, 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.

As they share Jane Eyre, Lottie's gruff exterior and honesty grow on Adele, and together they take on bullies and protect each other from the vindictive and prejudiced teachers. When a boy goes missing on campus, Adele and Lottie must work together to solve the mystery, in the process learning the true meaning of friendship.