The Weight of Water
WINNER of the CBI Eilís Dillon Award
WINNER of the Coventry Inspiration Book Award (Read It Or Else) for best book for 11-14 year olds
WINNER of the WeRead Prize 2013
WINNER of the UKLA Book Award for 7-11 year olds
SHORTLISTED for the CLPE Poetry Award
Armed with a suitcase and an old laundry bag filled with clothes, Kasienka and her mother head for England. Life is lonely for Kasienka. At home her mother's heart is breaking and at school friends are scarce. But when someone special swims into her life, Kasienka learns that there might be more than one way for her to stay afloat.
The Weight of Water is a startlingly original piece of fiction; most simply a brilliant coming of age story, it also tackles the alienation experienced by many young immigrants. Moving, unsentimental and utterly page-turning, we meet and share the experiences of a remarkable girl who shows us how quiet courage prevails.
'Succinct, with a gentle lyricism, the poems are telling about immigration, prejudice, self-delusion, families and first love, on the way to a life-changing conclusion' The Sunday Times - Children's Book of the Week
'Poignant, powerful, just perfect' Cathy Cassidy
'...there are so many pregnant issues... prejudice, migration, language bias - but what's so disarming and charming is the way the girl reveals her inner self with a poetic and resonant simplicity' John Agard
'Narrating in image-rich free verse that packs an emotional punch, Kasienka desribes what life is like for a new arrival while also exploring universal themes of abandonment, loyalty, bullying and first love... Memorable' Kirkus
'...this is a wrenching but hopeful story of displacement, loneliness, and survival... Crossan's verse packs a punch as she examines the power that difference—but also determination—can weild' STARRED REVIEW* Publishers Weekly
'Exquisetly and touchingly written' Irish Times
'The Weight of Water is a moving story... The beauty of swimming is superbly drawn. Written in verse in the form of Kasienka's own poems, the story has immediacy and freshness' Irish Independent
'...a compellingly beautiful, utterly seductive debut novel' The Scotsman
'This poetic novel is sheer perfection - for adults as well as teenagers... I loved it' The Irish Examiner
'This is a unique and compelling read with sharp observations of human behaviour as Kasienka goes on a journey of discovery, encountering bullying and first love while trying to fit into a new life. Written in a unique poetic style that is at times humourous and often deeply moving' The Bookseller—'Bookseller's Choice'
'The free-verse narrative presents Kasienka's feelings with economical precision, reflecting her distress but also her resilient nature as she endures bullying, delights in the physical sensations of kissing William, and finally finds her fatherand accepts his new life. The book realistically depicts modern-day middle school dynamics for an outsider of any kind' Horn Book
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SHORTLISTED for the Coventry Inspiration Book Award (Read It Or Else) for best book for 11-14 year olds
NOMINATED for the Carnegie Medal 2014
In a world without air, what would you do to breathe? In a barren land, a shimmering glass pod houses the survivors of the Switch, the period when oxygen levels plunged and the green world withered. A state lottery meant a lucky few won safety, while the rest suffocated in the thin air. And now Alina, Quinn, and Bea—an unlikely trio, each with their own agendas, their own longings and fears—walk straight into the heart of danger. With two days of oxygen in their tanks, they leave the pod—and everything they know—behind. What will happen on the third day?
Set in a perilous, devastated world, Breathe is a novel of adventure, revolution, yearning, and of opening your eyes and rising to your greatest potential.
'An amazing story! Sit down. Inhale. Now, while you still can' Kathleen Duey - author of National Book Award finalist Skin Hunger
'An imaginative, convincing dystopian world dominates this intriguing debut' Kirkus Reviews
'the story is well-executed, with characters readers will grow to care about' Publishers Weekly
'The all-action plot and hinted-at romantic triangle will keep the reader's interest to the end' Irish Examiner
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Resist - Breathe #2
'intelligent and absorbing' Kirkus Reviews
'Crossan effectively portrays hope as a feral, desperate thing that keeps people fighting against oxygen depletion to remain alive and that fuels the book's romances, betrayals, alliances, and battles. The conlusion is tragic yet cathartic, a fitting end to a complex story set in a fraught world.' Horn Book Review
Resistance to the pod leadership has cme apart. The Grove has been destroyed but so has the ministry. Quinn, Bea and Alina separately must embark on a perilous journey across the planet's dead landscape in search of the rumoured resistance base Sequoia. The welcome they receive at Sequoia is not what they expect, and soon they are facing a situation that seems as threatening as that of the Pod inhabitants.
Meanwhile the former Pod Miniter's son, Ronan, is beginning to have his doubts about the regime but as a member of an elite force he is sent out of the pod to hunt down the Grove's survivors. In a world in which the human race is adapting to survive with little air, the stakes are high. This action-packed sequel to Breathe is every bit as nail-biting and satisfying as its predecesor - OUT NOW!
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