The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan

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It is fitting that some of the last poems are entitled “Metamorphosis” and “Forgiveness.” The Epilogue, “Butterfly,” offers good advice for living: “[P]ull, / Push, / Recover.” Memorable.
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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.
 

About Sarah Crossan

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Sarah Crossan taught high school English and creative writing before becoming a full-time writer. She has also been a freelance magazine writer, a book reviewer, and an educational writer. She lives in in New Jersey. You can visit her online at www.sarahcrossan.com.
 
Published July 23, 2013 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens. 225 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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It is fitting that some of the last poems are entitled “Metamorphosis” and “Forgiveness.” The Epilogue, “Butterfly,” offers good advice for living: “[P]ull, / Push, / Recover.” Memorable.

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