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The weight of water

by Crossan, Sarah,

Format: Print Book 2013
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 5 of 5 copies
Available (5)
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CLP - Main Library Teen Department - Teen Fiction TEEN FICTION Crossan
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Teen Department - Teen Fiction
Call Number  TEEN FICTION Crossan
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Fiction j CROSSAN SARAH
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Fiction
Call Number  j CROSSAN SARAH
Penn Hills Library Juvenile Fiction j CRO
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
Call Number  j CRO
Penn Hills Library Juvenile Fiction j CRO
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
Call Number  j CRO
Pleasant Hills Public Library Juvenile Juv Fic Cro
Location  Pleasant Hills Public Library
Collection  Juvenile
Call Number  Juv Fic Cro

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 boyswims 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.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In this emotional novel in verse, 12-year-old Kasienka emigrates from Poland to Coventry, England, to search for her missing father. Kasienka has a difficult transition as she and her mother move into a crumbling studio apartment, she is unfairly bumped down to sixth grade because of her broken English, and she is teased by the girls at school for being different. While her mother searches door-to-door each evening for her missing husband, Kasienka finds refuge in swimming. The sparse nonrhyming format gives the novel an extra emotional punch as Kasienka struggles with her mother's depression, her strained relationship with her father, and the bullying she is subjected to at school. No easy answers present themselves as Kasienka's story unfolds, though she does learn to stand up for herself and fight back. (A first romance thankfully adds a tender element to the story.) A powerful coming-of-age novel about family and discovering how to be true to yourself.--Thompson, Sarah Bean Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Written in verse, in the voice of a Polish girl forced to move to England with her mother, this is a wrenching but hopeful story of displacement, loneliness, and survival. In their one-room rental, Kasienka, nearly 13, watches helplessly as her mother unravels, determined to track down the husband who abandoned them. Her school life is also bleak: she's initially placed with younger students because of her poor English, teachers are patronizing, her classmates shun her, and the one girl who befriends her suddenly turns on her. Kasienka's observations are insightful and hard-hitting ("I am not an English girl in Gdansk./ I'm a Pole in Coventry./ And that is not the same thing./ At all"), and her resilience prevents her from being a victim. She finds solace in swimming ("Water is another world:/ A land with its own language./ Which I speak fluently"), in the friendship of a neighbor from Kenya, and in her first love. Crossan's (Breathe) verse packs a punch as she examines the power that difference-but also determination-can wield. Ages 10-14. Agent: Sarah Davies, Greenhouse Literary Agency. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Immigrants -- England -- Coventry -- Fiction.
Mothers and daughters -- Fiction.
Swimming -- Fiction.
Alienation (Social psychology) -- Fiction.
Novels in verse.
Coventry (England) -- Ethnic relations -- Fiction.
Young adult fiction.
Publisher New York :Bloomsbury,2013
Language English
Description 211 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9781599909677 (hardcover)
1599909677 (hardcover)
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