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The Weight of Water
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Julia Eccleshare's comment:
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2013 The Weight of Water is a startlingly original piece of fiction written in verse; most simply a brilliant coming of age story. First love, friendship and quiet courage combine in this spare and beautiful story that will leave you sad, happy and wanting more from this fantastic new voice in children's fiction. It tackles the alienation experienced by many young immigrants. Moving, unsentimental and utterly page-turning, we meet and share the experiences of a remarkable 12 year old girl who shows us how quiet courage prevails. A truly special and remarkable read that should not be missed and, Bloomsbury the publisher has done a wonderful job on the book itself - the best things come in small packages - and this is abslutely no exception, so buy the physical book and not the ebook.
The full CILIP Carnegie Medal 2013 shortlist:• The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan
• A Greyhound Of A Girl by Roddy Doyle
• Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
• In Darkness by Nick Lake
• Wonder by RJ Palacio
• Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick
• A Boy And A Bear In A Boat by Dave Shelton
• Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are the UK's oldest and most prestigious children's book awards. Often described by authors and illustrators as 'the one they want to win' - they are the gold standard in children's literature.The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded by children's librarians for an outstanding book for children and young people. The winner of the 2013 Carnegie Medal will be announced on Wed 19th June 2013.
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SynopsisThe Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan
Armed with a suitcase and an old laundry bag filled with clothes, Kasienka and her mother head for England. Life is lonely for Kasienka. At home her mother's heart is breaking and at school friends are scarce. But when someone special swims into her life, Kasienka learns that there might be more than one way for her to stay afloat. The Weight of Water is a startlingly original piece of fiction; most simply a brilliant coming of age story, it also tackles 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.
I think that The Weight of Water is a book which will grip you from start to end. It is about a girl who comes to our country to start her life here. All the way through the book it tells you more of what happens to her and why. This is an amazing book and I would recommend it to anyone. Georgia, Aberdare Girls School
Poignant, powerful, just perfect Cathy Cassidy
Succinct, with a gentle lyricism, the poems are telling about immigration, prejudice, self-delusion, families and first love, on the way to a life-changing conclusion
Sunday Times- Book of the Week
This poetic novel is sheer perfection - for adults as well as for teenagers. Being in Kasienka's head, the reader gains a new understanding of how alienation feels. I loved it Irish Examiner
A compellingly beautiful, utterly seductive debut novel ... Do not miss it and press it upon your friends and acquaintances The Scotsman
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 has been working to promote creative writing in schools since. She teaches English at a small private school near New York. She completed her Masters in creative writing at the University of Warwick in 2003 and in 2010 received an Edward Albee Fellowship for writing.
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