No Laughter Here
by Rita Williams-Garcia
Publication Date: May 25, 2021
List Price: $10.99
Format: Paperback, 132 pages
Target Age Group: Young Adult
Imprint: Quill Tree Books
Parent Company: News Corporation
In this groundbreaking novel, Coretta Scott King Award winner Rita Williams-Garcia uses her vividly realistic voice to highlight an often taboo practice that affects millions of girls around the world every year, and to explore a perspective not often depicted in YA fiction.
Even though they were born in different countries, Akilah and Victoria are true best friends. But Victoria has been acting strange ever since she returned from her summer in Nigeria, where she had a special coming-of-age ceremony. Why does proud Victoria, named for a queen, slouch at her desk and answer the teacher’s questions in a whisper? And why won’t she laugh with Akilah anymore?
Akilah’s name means intelligent, and she is determined to find out what’s wrong. But when she learns the terrible secret Victoria is hiding, she suddenly has even more questions. The only problem is, they might not be the kind that have answers.
Previously available only as an ebook, this remarkable novel is now back in print!
- Young Adult Fiction / Girls & Women
- Young Adult Fiction / People & Places / United States / African American
- Young Adult Fiction / Social Themes / Friendship