Hardcover Bloomsbury, 2013
Price: USD 15.77
Description: 211 pages ; 21 cm
Dewey: -Fic-; Audience: Middle School; Reading Level: 4.6
AR 4.7 MG+ 2 159789EN; RC 5.2 6; LEX NP
From the publisher: Grades 5-8; Ages 10-14
From Booklist: Grades 5-8; Kirkus: Ages 10-14; PW: Ages 10-14; SLJ: Gr 6-9; read the full-text reviews


From Follett

Twelve-year-old Kasienka and her mother have immigrated to Coventry, England from Poland, searching for Kasienka's father, but everyone is unfriendly except for an African neighbor and a boy Kasienka meets at the swimming pool, which is her only refuge from an alien society.

From the Publisher

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.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury
  • Publication Date: July 23, 2013
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dewey: -Fic-
  • Classifications: Fiction
  • Description: 211 pages ; 21 cm
  • ISBN-10: 1-59990-967-7
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-59990-967-7
  • Follett Number: 0886MGX
  • Reading Level: 4.6
  • Audience: Middle School
  • Grades: 5-8
  • Ages: 10-14
  • Booklist: Grades 5-8
  • Kirkus: Ages 10-14
  • Publishers Weekly: Ages 10-14
  • School Library Journal: Gr 6-9
  • ATOS Book Level: 4.7
  • AR Interest Level: MG+
  • AR Points: 2
  • AR Quiz: 159789EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 5.2
  • Reading Counts Points: 6
  • Lexile: NP

Reviews & Awards
  • Booklist, 07/01/13
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, 09/01/13
  • Horn Book Magazine, 07/01/13
  • Horn Book Magazine, 04/01/14
  • Kirkus Reviews, 06/01/13
  • Library Media Connection starred, 10/01/13
  • Publishers Weekly starred, 06/10/13
  • School Library Journal, 06/01/13

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (July 2013 (Vol. 109, No. 21))
Grades 5-8. In this emotional novel in verse, 12-year-old Kasienka emigrates from Poland to Coventry, England, to search for her missing father. Kasienka has a difficult transition as she and her mother move into a crumbling studio apartment, she is unfairly bumped down to sixth grade because of her broken English, and she is teased by the girls at school for being different. While her mother searches door-to-door each evening for her missing husband, Kasienka finds refuge in swimming. The sparse nonrhyming format gives the novel an extra emotional punch as Kasienka struggles with her mother’s depression, her strained relationship with her father, and the bullying she is subjected to at school. No easy answers present themselves as Kasienka’s story unfolds, though she does learn to stand up for herself and fight back. (A first romance thankfully adds a tender element to the story.) A powerful coming-of-age novel about family and discovering how to be true to yourself.

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