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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 8
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (July 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599909677
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599909677
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 6-9-Kasienka and her mother have left their home in Poland to find the father and husband who left them a few years before. They arrive in the UK with some meager possessions and only a vague notion of where to find a man who may not wish to be found. Kasienka feels "all wrong," a feeling that only gets worse when she finds herself in the crosshairs of one of her school's alpha girls. On top of the bullying, she must travel door to door each night acting as her mother's voice in a demeaning search for her father. Kasienka tells her tale through graceful, effortless verse that succinctly captures the immigrant experience in a way that anyone who has ever felt left out could easily embrace. This is a sweet, well-paced tale not without a silver lining; Kasienka finds happiness and the stirrings of first love in an unexpected place-the swimming pool. Those who have wished for an older version of Carolyn Marsden's The Gold-Threaded Dress (Candlewick, 2002) or Eleanor Estes's The Hundred Dresses (Harcourt, 1944) need look no further. The Weight of Water will more than fill the hole.-Jill Heritage Maza, Montclair Kimberley Academy, Montclair, NJα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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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. Grades 5-8. --Sarah Bean Thompson

More About the Author

Sarah Crossan is Irish. She graduated with a degree in Philosophy and Literature before training as an English and Drama teacher at Cambridge University and worked to promote creative writing in schools before leaving teaching to write full time.

She completed her Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Warwick in 2003 and in 2010 received an Edward Albee Fellowship for writing.

The Weight of Water, published by Bloomsbury in January 2012, is her first novel.

Breathe will be published by Greenwillow and Bloomsbury in October 2012.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ruth Steven on June 17, 2012
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JerryHoboken on March 28, 2012
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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.
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By Linda McHenry on March 27, 2014
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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.
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By international on January 20, 2014
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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.
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