Wheelers Books

The Weight of Water

The Weight of Water

Jaqueline Wilson meets Sharon Creech. Like an intimate diary, this remarkable book reveals one girl's coming of age. First love, friendship and quiet courage combine in a spare and beautiful story about leaving your home to start life in another country

Sorry, title is now out of print.

Quick Reference

ISBN 9781408823002
Barcode 9781408823002
Published 25 January 2012 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format Hardback
Alternate Format(s) View All (6 other possible title(s) available)
Author(s) By Crossan, Sarah
Availability Out of print

... view full title details below.

Full details for this title

ISBN-13 9781408823002
ISBN-10 1408823004
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint Bloomsbury Childrens Books
Publication Date 25 January 2012
International Publication Date 5 January 2012
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Crossan, Sarah
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Award Winning
Children's and Educational
Number of Pages 240
Dimensions Width: 111mm
Height: 160mm
Spine: 21mm
Weight 226g
Interest Age 9-11 years
Reading Age 9-11 years
Library of Congress Mothers and daughters, Novels in verse, Swimming, Alienation (Social psychology), Young adult fiction
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code 823.92
Catalogue Code 242920

Description of this Book

Armed with a suitcase and an old laundry bag filled with clothes, Kasienka and her mother leave Poland and head for the UK to find her father. Life is lonely for Kasienka. At home her mother's heart is breaking and at school Kasienka finds it impossible to make new friends. While the search continues, Kasienka is kept afloat by William, a boy she meets at the local pool who understands what it means to lose someone and who swims with Kasienka towards her new life. The Weight of Water is a startlingly original piece of fiction; most simply a brilliant coming of age story, it also tackles head-on the alienation experienced by many young immigrants. Moving, unsentimental, and utterly page-turning, we meet and share the experiences of a remarkable girl who shows us how quiet courage prevails.

^ top

Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Short-listed for Carnegie Medal 2013
NZ Review 'Poignant, powerful, just perfect' Cathy Cassidy
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

^ top

Author's Bio

Sarah Crossan has lived in Dublin, London and New York, and now lives in Hertfordshire. She graduated with a degree in philosophy and literature before training as an English and drama teacher at Cambridge University. Since completing a masters in creative writing, she has been working to promote creative writing in schools.The Weight of Water and Apple and Rain were both shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal. In 2016, Sarahwon the CILIP Carnegie Medal as well as the YA Book Prize, the CBI Book of the Year award and the CLiPPAPoetry Award for her novel, One. http://www.sarahcrossan.com/ @SarahCrossan

^ top