The Weight of Water

By Sarah Crossan

Carrying only a suitcase and an outdated laundry bag full of outfits, Kasienka and her mom are immigrating to England from Poland. Kasienka is not the happiest lady on the earth. At domestic, her mom is struggling with a damaged middle as she searches for Kasienka's father. And in class, Kasienka is having hassle being the hot woman and making neighbors. the one time she feels comforted is while she's swimming on the pool. yet she cannot particularly shake the sensation that she's sinking. until eventually a brand new boy swims into her existence, and she or he learns that there could be multiple method to remain afloat.

The Weight of Water is a coming-of-age tale that deftly handles problems with immigration, alienation, and primary love. relocating and poetically rendered, this novel-in-verse is the tale of a tender lady whose selection to determine who she is prevails.

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Arlene indicates me the message: wager what Cassie woz doin with Will on the swimming pool?! SLAG!!! Now I’m scared to speak to William, or perhaps examine him, In case they suspect It’s actual. whilst i am going into the cloakroom, the entire women from my classification cease speaking and Stand with their fingers folded, obvious. Clair is there, after all. within the center. and he or she is just smiling. ‘Why won’t you check with me? ’ William asks at lunch. he's frowning on the ground. I can’t solution. i'm ashamed Of the rumours; i would like them to forestall. i would like them to forestall greater than i need him To kiss me. while Boys struggle A drove of spectators circles them Baying for bruises and blood And chanting Like soccer lovers Or soccer hooligans – struggle. struggle. struggle. And nobody stops this straightforward leisure – they simply promote extra tickets. while boys struggle they're like Warring walruses: They plough into one another Thumping and cracking, Faces tight, fists curled, and so they don't cease until eventually there's a winner, till there is not any extra have to struggle. occasionally it can't finish this manner. If a instructor indicates up it ends after they are pressured aside and brought, in all their bloody glory, To the headteacher the place they're spoken to approximately combating, approximately utilizing their fists To settle squabbles. And both approach, it sort of feels a greater repair Than whispers and giggles. So might be what I may still do is Hit Clair – Knock her down And shall we brawl within the playground too, With each person observing. Then humans may recognize I’d been in a conflict. past due Nights there's a flu epidemic – outdated individuals are unwell with feverish coughing, So Mama works past due; she is helping nurses switch beds, mop vomit, carry nutrients round the wards. For a couple of excellent days We don’t seek the streets, and i'm thankful. Mama asks Kanoro to observe me. We sit down at the flooring in his room consuming meat rolled in flat bread, Guzzling tall glasses of chilly milk. Kanoro recollects tales Of elephants and tribal chiefs. they're myths and histories intended to entertain, they aren't his personal truths, now not for me. but I inform him approximately William. I inform him all approximately William and the Tumblings in my tummy, And he nods with a figuring out That makes me blush. after which I talk about Tata, wreck the sugary fiction Mama has attempted to show into fact. I inform him, ‘In Poland there's a asserting: operating away makes you to blame. i'm frightened of what we are going to locate, Kanoro, if we ever locate Tata. ’ And he says, ‘I informed Ola, I advised your mom, don't stick with someone who's operating away, yet she's going to no longer pay attention. She doesn't comprehend. She loves your Tata, i believe. ’ Kanoro shakes his head and provides me extra peppery lamb Which I take and consume, Chewing at the gristle And swallowing it. existence Saver we're in an empty swimming pool. The water is hot and for a few cause there's solar on my face. i'm within the deep finish donning arm bands to forestall me going lower than. William is there too. yet he isn’t within the pool. He’s within the lifeguard’s chair looking at as I fight to stick afloat. eventually he jumps into the pool instantly from the chair.

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