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The Weight of Water

By Sarah Crossan

The Weight of Water
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  • Published in USA  Jul 2013,
    224 pages.
    Age range: Children


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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 boy swims 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.

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"Starred Review. [Crossan's] verse packs a punch as she examines the power that difference - but also determination - can wield. Ages 10–14." - Publishers Weekly

"[A] taut portrayal of the immigrant experience...Memorable. Ages 10-14." - Kirkus

"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." - School Library Journal

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Sarah Crossan teaches English at a small private school near New York City and has her Masters in creative writing. In 2010, she received an Edward Albee fellowship for writing. She lives in New Jersey. This is her debut novel. Visit her online at www.sarahcrossan.com

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