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by J.L. Powers
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When her beloved grandmother dies, 17-year-old Khosi must learn to survive on her own. A sequel to Powers’ award-winning This Thing Called the Future, Under Water picks up 3 years later.

Product Details

10-digit ISBN1-941026-04-8
13-digit ISBN978-1-941026-04-8
Also Available InHardcover
Page Count256
Publication DateFebruary 28, 2019
RightsAll Rights Available

"a captivating narrative"—Kirkus Reviews

"raw and honest"—Booklist, Advanced Review

When her beloved grandmother dies, 17-year-old Khosi must learn to survive on her own. She has to take care of her little sister Zi, make a living as a traditional healer, and somehow try, despite everything, to finish school. When her beloved Imbali—an urban township in South Africa—flares up in violence, Khosi finds herself at the center of the storm.

A taxi war threatens the safety of every person in Imbali, including Khosi’s best friend and boyfriend Little Man. A murdered man is dumped on her doorstep. And accusations of witchcraft swirl around her, despite her every effort to keep her healing practice aboveboard. When Little Man chooses the wrong path, Khosi finds herself caught up in a new romance. But her past just might catch up to her.
Kirkus Reviews
"This slowly building novel avoids stereotype, offering a captivating narrative with nuanced perceptions of death, love, and cathartic self-discovery."
- November 7, 2018  Visit Website
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Horn Book Reviews, advanced review
".. the treasures at the heart of this story are Khosi’s relationships—with her sister, whom she would do anything to protect; and with the ancestors, whose interference in her life is at times helpful, at times exasperating."
- December 1, 2018 
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Booklist, Advanced Review
“…Powers’ story is engaging. The depiction of life in Imbali is raw and honest, the struggles of the characters elicit sympathy, and Khosi’s questions about what she’s meant to do in life will ring familiar with young adult readers.”
- Florence Simmons, January 10, 2019  Visit Website
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“For young adult readers, this is a book that will not sugar coat and will provoke thoughtful conversation about many difficult topics.”
- January 3, 2019  Visit Website
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