The Weight of Water

Bloomsbury Publishing USA
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Carrying just a suitcase and an old laundry bag filled with clothes, Kasienka and her mother are immigrating to England from Poland. Kasienka isn't the happiest girl in the world. At home, her mother is suffering from a broken heart as she searches for Kasienka's father. And at school, Kasienka is having trouble being the new girl and making friends. The only time she feels comforted is when she's swimming at the pool. But she can't quite shake the feeling that she's sinking. Until a new boy swims into her life, and she learns that there might be more than one way to stay afloat.

The Weight of Water is a coming-of-age story that deftly handles issues of immigration, alienation, and first love. Moving and poetically rendered, this novel-in-verse is the story of a young girl whose determination to find out who she is prevails.
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Sarah Crossan is the author of the Breathe trilogy. She grew up in England and Ireland, has taught English in the United States, and now lives in London with her family. Visit her online at
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Bloomsbury Publishing USA
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Jul 23, 2013
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Juvenile Fiction / General
Juvenile Fiction / Love & Romance
Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Bullying
Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Emigration & Immigration
Juvenile Fiction / Stories in Verse
Juvenile Nonfiction / Poetry / General
Juvenile Nonfiction / Social Topics / General
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In this four-color illustrated journey that is part travelogue and part theological investigation, bestselling author and acclaimed Bible scholar John Dominic Crossan and his wife Sarah painstakingly travel throughout the ancient Eastern church, documenting through text and image a completely different model for understanding Easter’s resurrection story, one that provides promise and hope for us today.

Traveling the world, the Crossans noticed a surprising difference in how the Eastern Church considers Jesus’ resurrection—an event not described in the Bible. At Saint Barbara’s Church in Cairo, they found a painting in which the risen Jesus grasps the hands of other figures around him. Unlike the Western image of a solitary Jesus rising from an empty tomb that he viewed across Eastern Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, the Crossans saw images of the resurrection depicting a Jesus grasping the hands of figures around him, or lifting Adam and Eve to heaven from Hades or hell, or carrying the old and sick to the afterlife. They discovered that the standard image for the Resurrection in Eastern Christianity is communal and collective, something unique from the solitary depiction of the resurrection in Western Christianity.

Fifteen years in the making, Resurrecting Easter reflects on this divide in how the Western and Eastern churches depict the resurrection and its implications. The Crossans argue that the West has gutted the heart of Christianity’s understanding of the resurrection by rejecting that once-common communal iconography in favor of an individualistic vision. As they examine the ubiquitous Eastern imagery of Jesus freeing Eve from Hades while ascending to heaven, the Crossans suggest that this iconography raises profound questions about Christian morality and forgiveness.

A fundamentally different way of understand the story of Jesus’ rebirth illustrated with 130 images, Resurrecting Easter introduces an inclusive, traditional community-based ideal that offers renewed hope and possibilities for our fractured modern society.

Un relato precioso y esperanzador sobre la soledad de una chica de trece años.

Una historia sobre el poder redentor del amor.

Una historia llena de emociones, que te hará reír y llorar.

Cuando la madre de Apple regresa después de once años de ausencia, Apple se siente feliz de nuevo, y por fin puede tener respuesta a la pregunta que la ha acompañado durante tanto tiempo: ¿por qué te fuiste? Ahora tendrá a alguien que entiende de verdad qué significa ser adolescente, a diferencia de Nana, quien parece no comprenderla. Pero del mismo modo que la noche en la que su madre la abandonó, el regreso a casa de esta se acaba convirtiendo en algo agridulce, y Apple se preguntará de nuevo quién está realmente cuidando de quién.

Apple se encuentra con alguien más perdido que ella y empieza a comprender cómo son las cosas en realidad.

Ganadora del YA Prize y del CBI Book of the Year Award

Finalista de la Carnegie Medal

Finalista del Irish Book Award

Seleccionada para The Guardian Children's Prize

«Una novela conmovedora y realista que te enseña a aprender a amar y a asumir responsabilidades, y que nos recuerda cómo los poemas siempre dicen la verdad.» Sunday Times, Pick of the Week

«Un retrato de la adolescencia sutil y humano.» Irish Times

«Una novela inspiradora.» Irish Examiner

"Los adultos poco fiables, las amistades complejas y los lazos familiares son explorados con gran sensibilidad en esta historia finamente elaborada.» The Bookseller (Booksellers Choice)

«Una historia sobre el poder redentor del amor. Maravillosamente escrito. Me ha hecho llorar y reír.» Bookbag

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