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Weight Of Water, The [Hardcover]

Sarah Crossan

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July 23 2013
Carrying just a suitcase and an old laundry bag filled with clothes, Kasienka and her mother are immigrating to England from Poland. Kasienka isn't the happiest girl in the world. At home, her mother is suffering from a broken heart as she searches for Kasienka's father. And at school, Kasienka is having trouble being the new girl and making friends. The only time she feels comforted is when she's swimming at the pool. But she can't quite shake the feeling that she's sinking. Until a new boy swims into her life, and she learns that there might be more than one way to stay afloat.

The Weight of Water is a coming-of-age story that deftly handles issues of immigration, alienation, and first love. Moving and poetically rendered, this novel-in-verse is the story of a young girl whose determination to find out who she is prevails.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Juvenile US (July 23 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599909677
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599909677
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 13.7 x 2.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 281 g

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Poignant, powerful, just perfect Cathy Cassidy Succinct, with a gentle lyricism, the poems are telling about immigration, prejudice, self-delusion, families and first love, on the way to a life-changing conclusion Sunday Times 'Book of the Week' This poetic novel is sheer perfection - for adults as well as for teenagers. Being in Kasienka's head, the reader gains a new understanding of how alienation feels. I loved it Irish Examiner This is a unique and compelling read with sharp observations of human behaviour as Kasienka goes on a journey of discovery, encountering bullying and first love while trying to fit into a new life. Written in a unique poetic style that is at times humorous and often deeply moving The Bookseller, 'Bookseller's Choice' You've entered the young Polish girl's voice with a heartfelt conviction. I felt like I was watching a movie of her life in present time and at the same sharing in what's happening inside her head. What I especially like is that nothing is overstated, but there are so many pregnant issues there - prejudice, migration, language bias - but what's so disarming and charming is the way the girl reveals her inner self with a poetic and resonant simplicity John Agard

About the Author

Sarah Crossan is the author of the Breathe trilogy. She grew up in England and Ireland, has taught English in the United States, and now lives in London with her family. Visit her online at www.sarahcrossan.com

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5.0 out of 5 stars What a beautiful book June 17 2012
By Ruth Steven - Published on Amazon.com
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This is utterly lovely. Poignant without being sentimental and incredibly relatable. Easy to read and beautifully written. As a writer I'm jealous, as a reader consider my thought provoked.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant Verses Resonate March 28 2012
By JerryHoboken - Published on Amazon.com
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Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan is an emotional, authentic work aimed at adolescents. Crossan creates a complex protaganist, Kasienka, who narrates entirely in verse. As a 12-year-old Pole dragged to London, she experiences the on-set of physical change while her social structure is in chaos. Crossan steers clear of maudlin emotion and Kasienka emerges as a strong individual with quiet fortitude. There is no pandering to Kasienka nor to the reader. This gives the reader credit to be able capture the essence of a three dimensional character via a crumb trail of evidence, spread through page long poems.
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick Read March 27 2014
By Linda McHenry - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a very quick read partly because it is short, partly because it is a bit predictable. Enjoyable story but no surprises.
3.0 out of 5 stars Weight and water Jan. 20 2014
By international - Published on Amazon.com
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This. Is a beautiful little book. Worth multiple reads. In the end, however, the water was very light for this reader, and left me wishing for more. It was a ephemeral cloud where I wanted to feel a storm.
Beautifully written, a sort of immigrants' haiku. You will read this thinking you wanted more, and the after thoughts and images will complete the picture, as it continues to do for me.
3.0 out of 5 stars A thoughtful free verse novel about finding one's place in the world. Nov. 25 2013
By Heidi Grange - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Kasienka and her mother arrive in England prepared to search for her father who left them behind in Poland. They just received a check from him giving them an idea of where he is living, but Kasienka isn't sure he wants to be found. When she tries to convince her mother of this, her mother ignores her. As the search continues, Kasienka struggles to fit in at her school where she has been placed a year behind where she should be, just because her English isn't good enough. In addition to this, a group of girls starts bullying her for no reason she understands. But slowly Kasienka's confidence in herself grows as she finally makes a friend and pursues her passion for swimming. When a boy shows interest in her, she is excited about getting her first kiss but confused about how it is all supposed to work. Things come to a head however when Kasienka's father is found and it's clear that he wants nothing further to do with her mother.

Strengths: The characters are great including Kasienka, her mother, their neighbor Kanoro, and Will especially shine through. The plot is interesting revolving as it does around a young girl's love of swimming and how it helps her deal with the challenges in her life, including a mother who refuses to listen and accept what those around her tell her. Kasienka's struggles at school are unfortunately all to common, especially for immigrant children. The free verse is beautifully written.

Weaknesses: I'm not sure how many middle grade readers want to read free verse. The format means that a lot of details are left out, but this allows the reader to focus on Kasienka's feelings, which is not entirely a bad thing. I also have issues with 12 and 13-year-old's making out, especially French kissing such as Kasienka and Will engage in. Do we really want to encourage kids this age to engage in that kind of behavior without fully understanding the consequences (which are in no way explored in this book)?
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