G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers Sugar Town Queens G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers Sugar Town Queens
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers Sugar Town Queens G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers Sugar Town Queens

Sugar Town Queens

By Malla Nunn

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Publication Date: August 2, 2022

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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. Now in paperback.

Fifteen-year-old Amandla’s mother has always been strange. For starters, she’s a white woman living in Sugar Town, one of South Africa’s infamous shanty towns. She won’t tell anyone, not even Amandla, about her past. And she has visions, including ones that promise the return of Amandla’s father—as if he were a prince in a fairy tale. But their difficult (even in the best of times) life in Sugar Town is no fairy tale and Amandla knows the truth—her father is long gone. He’s just another mystery and missing piece of her mother’s past and one of the many reasons people in Sugar Town give them strange looks—that and the fact that Amandla is Black and her mother is not.

Lately her mother has been acting even more strangely, so when Amandla finds a mysterious address at the bottom of her mother’s purse along with a large amount of cash, she decides it’s finally time to get answers. As she confronts devastating family secrets and even the devil himself, she’ll need her best friends at her side, her fellow Sugar Town Queens, if she hopes to help heal a pain that has lasted a generation.

About the Author

Malla Nunn was born and raised in Swaziland. Her adult crime books have earned her two Edgar nominations and a RUSA Award for Best Mystery Novel. Her first young adult novel, When the Ground Is Hard, won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature and the Josette Frank Award for Children’s Literature. After earning a master’s degree in theatre studies, she dabbled in acting in New York City and worked as a cocktail waitress, a nanny, a bookseller, and on film sets, but never at the same time. She also made short films and an award-winning documentary, Servant of the Ancestors,before surrendering to her passion: writing books. She married in a traditional Swazi ceremony. Her bride price was eighteen cows.

Author Residence: Sydney, Austrailia

Author Hometown: Swaziland

Format: Trade Paperback

Length: 336 pages

Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: August 2, 2022

ISBN: 9780525515623

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