Sarah Crossan


Apple and Rain 

When Apple's mother returns after eleven years of absence, Apple feels whole again. She will have an answer to her burning question - why did you go? And she will have someone who understands what it means to be a teenager - unlike Nana. But just like the story Christmas Eve when she left, her mother's homecoming is bitter sweet, and Apple wonders who is really looking after whom. It's only when Apple meets someone more lost than she is, that she begins to see things as they really are.  

  • SHORTLISTED for the CBI Book of the Year Award 2015
  • SHORTLISTED for a IBW Award 2015 
  • SHORTLISTED for the We Read prize 2015
  • LONGLISTED for the Guardian Children's Prize 2015



‘This poignant, realistic tale is about learning to love and taking responsibility, and how poems can tell the truth’ –  Sunday Times, Pick of the Week

'The is a powerful and poignant story with a perfect ending' - Carnegie judges comments 

‘a portrayal of adolescence that is subtle and humane’ – Irish Times

‘An inspiring tale’  – Irish Examiner

‘Unreliable adults, complex friendships and family ties are explored with sensitivity in this finely crafted story’ – The Bookseller (Booksellers Choice)

‘Crossan's characters are fully realised and emotionally engaging; the story is both gripping and moving –  Inis Mag Autumn 2014

‘a moving and memorable read’ –  Editor's Choice - CBI Recommended Reads 

‘A story of the redeeming power of love. It's beautifully written and it made me cry but it also made me laugh’ –  The Bookbag


The Weight of Water

Weight of WaterArmed 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.

  • WINNER of the COVENTRY INSPIRATION BOOK AWARDS (Read It Or Else) for best book for 11-14 year olds 2013
  • WINNER of the WeRead Prize 2013
  • WINNER of the UKLA Book Award  for 7-11 year olds
  • SHORTLISTED for the CLPE Poetry Award
  • WINNER of the LUCHS PRIZE for FEBRUARY 2014 



'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

'a unique and compelling read... 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

'a wonderfully uplifting and emotional story of first love and friendship' Carousel

'a poignant and moving book' - Books For Keeps - 5* review

'carefully and elegantly written' Children's Books Ireland - Recommended Reads 2012

'lovely, moving, heartbreaking and very special' The SL

'this is an important book... but also entirely enjoyable' Inis Mag

'WOW, what a debut! The phrase 'couldn't put it down' is so overused, but once the opening pages of Sarah Crossan's first novel have been read, there really is no alternative but to devour the lot' Evening Echo 



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The Breathe series: Breathe and Resist 

BreatheIn 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. 

NOMINATED for the Carnegie Medal 2014

SHORTLISTED for the Coventry Inspiration Book Award (Read It Or Else) for best book for 11-14 year olds

NOMINATED for the YALSA Best Fiction for YA

SHORTLISTED for the Hounslow Teen Read Award



'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

'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

'As with John Wyngham's Day of the Triffids, the best science fantasy has that crucial element of the plausible amid the unlikely, and it puts this book up there with the best of modern fiction for young adults' Evening Echo

'This is an amazing book well worth the read' First News

'intelligent and absorbing' Kirkus Reviews (for Resist)

'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  (for Resist)  


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