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Parents' Guide to

The Weight of Water

By Joanna H. Kraus, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Moving free-verse tale of immigrant girl's new life in UK.

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age 11+

Based on 1 parent review

age 11+

May be inappropriate for kids under 11

My daughter is eleven. She read this book and really enjoyed it, but told be it talked a little bit about Kasienka's romantic feelings and had some kissing in it, parts where it is just her and her boyfriend alone in his room. I would recommend this to eleven-year-olds who are able to handle this topic.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1 ):
Kids say (3 ):

THE WEIGHT OF WATER is a coming-of-age novel in free verse. Author Sarah Crossan deals with heavy topics -- abandonment, bullying, adjustment to a life in a new country -- yet the narrative poem is lyrical, rich in sensory detail, and profoundly moving. About the missing father, Kasienka thinks, "Tata does not want to be found. He is in hiding -- he is hiding from us both,/ But I don't tell Mama this,/ Even when we're searching/ Night after night/ Street after street/ One door at a time/ and it's raining/ And I'm hungry,/ and teary,/ and tired. Because hope is all Mama has,/ And I cannot take it from her."

Crossan also gently treats Kasienka's awakening first love and emerging self-esteem.

Book Details

  • Author: Sarah Crossan
  • Genre: Family Life
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: July 23, 2013
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 10 - 14
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Available on: Paperback, Nook, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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