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Weight Of Water, The [Hardcover]

Sarah Crossan

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Book Description

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
Format:Hardcover
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
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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 Short and sweet July 23 2014
By Caroline Greyling (Author of Five: Maor book one) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
When Kasienka’s mother decides to leave their Polish home in search of the father that left them for England two years ago, she is devastated. She finds it hard to fit in at school and doesn’t understand why her mother is so obsessed with finding a man that didn’t love them enough to stick around. While Kasienka tries to make new friends, she must also deal with her mother’s loneliness and make a new home in a strange land.

Short and sweet is the best way to describe this lovely coming of age novel. The writing style is unique and unexpectedly effective, almost like little diary excerpts. It is a story about new beginnings and dealing with change, and is as much about Kasienka’s mother as it is about her. This novel is definitely more for the young adult market – not really new adult, as Kasienka’s character is still fairly immature but it is a wonderfully refreshing work of fiction.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book May 13 2014
By anna o'sullivan - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was really full of emotion. The girl, cassie goes through all kinds of struggles, and in the end, well, you'll have to read the book.
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick Read March 27 2014
By Linda McHenry - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is a very quick read partly because it is short, partly because it is a bit predictable. Enjoyable story but no surprises.

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