Saturday, June 14, 2014
It's not easy
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?