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
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|Library of Congress
||Mothers and daughters, Novels in verse, Swimming, Alienation (Social psychology), Young adult fiction
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.
Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings
Short-listed for Carnegie Medal 2013
||'Poignant, powerful, just perfect' Cathy Cassidy
||Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)
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