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The Weight of Water

Written by Sarah Crossan

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A vivid portrayal of an ordinary Syrian family whose lives are shattered by war. Highly topical empathetic account will have a profound impact upon readers

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.

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Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK.

The Weight of Water Synopsis

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.

The Weight of Water Press Reviews

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

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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


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ISBN: 9781526606907
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781408830239
Publication date: 03/01/2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781408823002
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781408830239
Publication date: 3rd January 2013
Author: Sarah Crossan
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 256 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers
Genres: General Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks
Other Categories: All Shortlists and Winners

About Sarah Crossan

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 the University of Cambridge.  The Weight of Water and Apple and Rain were both shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal. In 2016, Sarah won the CILIP Carnegie Medal as well as the YA Book Prize, the CBI Book of the Year award and the CLiPPA Poetry Award for her novel, One.   Sarah is the go-to writer of the free verse novel in the UK and ...

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