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The weight of water

by Crossan, Sarah.

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Twelve-year-old Kasienka and her mother have immigrated to Coventry, England from Poland, searching for Kasienka's father, but everyone is unfriendly except for an African neighbor and a boy Kasienka meets at the swimming pool, which is her only refuge from an alien society.
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"
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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 Juvenile fiction
Mothers and daughters Juvenile fiction
Swimming Juvenile fiction
Alienation (Social psychology) Juvenile fiction
Novels in verse
Immigrants England Fiction
Mothers and daughters Fiction
Swimming Fiction
Race relations Fiction
Juvenile Literature
Juvenile Fiction
Coventry (England) Ethnic relations Juvenile fiction.
Coventry (England) Fiction.
England Fiction.
Electronic books.
Publisher New York :Bloomsbury Publishing2013
Edition 1st U.S. ed.
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Audience 11-14.
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Format: Adobe EPUB eBook
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Description 1 online resource
ISBN 9781619630475
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