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The Weight of Water Hardcover – Jul 23 2013

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (July 23 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599909677
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599909677
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 1.9 x 20.3 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 A compellingly beautiful, utterly seductive debut novel ... Do not miss it and press it upon your friends and acquaintances The Scotsman 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9eaefab0) out of 5 stars 19 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e320dbc) 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
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)?
HASH(0x9e51c198) out of 5 stars This book is a very good book which I have read three times now April 20 2016
By Hailey Smith - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is one of my favorite books. I have read it three times already over the past few years.
The person who sold it to me did not mention that it was an editors copy, therefore I got an uncorrected proof copy of it. But for the price I would say that it was still a good deal.
I definitely recommend this book especially to coming of age teens.
HASH(0xa53b18dc) out of 5 stars As the story progresses (written in beautiful prose that shows a depth far greater than an ... Feb. 15 2016
By Kristy - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The Weight of Water encompasses so much: heartbreak, rejection, identity, emigration. It touches on an array of topics and yet is so poignant at the same time. There are many themes running throughout this book, but the ones that stood out to me the most were loneliness and alienation.

Kasienka is a young protagonist, 12 years old, when her mom and her emigrate from Poland to England in search of her dad who left them two years a go. From the beginning there is a feeling of hopelessness and rejection as Kasienka tries to navigate being in a new country and a new culture where the kids in her class don't accept her and her mom doesn't really see her.

As the story progresses (written in beautiful prose that shows a depth far greater than an average junior higher), the emptiness and abandonment Kasienka feels slowly dissipates as she gets involved in swimming. Here, she is more than just an outsider or invisible; she finds strength in swimming which gives her confidence and courage.

Suffering through a few heartbreaking situations, Kasienka's journey ends with her finding peace and acceptance in what is truly a moving and beautifully tragic story.
HASH(0x9e903c30) out of 5 stars a good read. It deals with some tough issues like ... Jan. 2 2016
By Mel Woods - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Overall, a good read. It deals with some tough issues like bullying. And I feel that the perspective is very honest which I appreciate. Even with topics that are difficult.

Why 3 stars? Because while it does have its positives the story just doesn't quite do it for me. There were moments where I felt very strongly about the story and it evoked an emotional response. But a lot of it failed to do that.

I do like the lead. She is charming. I think dealing with a father who leaves you would be very rough. But I feel things are resolved a little to easily.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e5efedc) out of 5 stars What a beautiful book June 17 2012
By Ruth Steven - Published on
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.