Favorite Quotes

"For my totem, the alley cat. We share the situation of small predators who easily become prey. I have my equivalent of claws and teeth, and indeed my arched back and loud hiss are my best defenses. When I need to hide my size and weakness, I can look fiercer than I am, but when I cannot talk or threaten or argue my way out of trouble, then I am in a lot of trouble. We are scavengers in the alleys and streets of a society we do not control and scarcely influence. We survive and perish both by taking lovers. Freedom is a daily necessity like water, and we love most loyally and longest those who allow us at least occasionally to vanish and wander the curious night. To them we always return from the eight deaths before the last."


from Braided Lives by Marge Piercy

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It's not easy

The Weight of Water

Title: The Weight of Water
By: Sarah Crossan

It's not easy moving to a new country, learning a new language, changing schools, making new friends, getting a new name because the teacher can't pronounce your given name. It's especially not easy when you are 12 going on 13 and your father has disappeared, maybe to the country you are moving to. The Weight of Water is a novel for young adults written in free verse. It is a quick read, but it will stay with you long after the last page.

Kasienka and her mother move from Poland to England with nothing but a suitcase and a laundry bag. They abandon the laundry bag on the luggage carousel at the airport because everything is so different and strange. Both mother and daughter have a difficult time adjusting, but the book is written in Kasienka/Cassie's voice. Will they learn English well, or just enough to get by? Will they find Kasienka's father? Do they really want to find him? Will Cassie make friends, be in the right grade in school, join the swim team, learn to love?

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Posted by ogradyj on June 14, 2014 at 8:30 a.m.
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