'As though a word could change the truth.'
"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 homer 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."
First Line: "The wheels on the suitcase break
Before we've even left Gdansk Glowny."
This is a wonderful book that I read in one sitting. It deals beautifully with both big, difficult ideas such as immigation and identity but also celebrates the small wonders of growing up. Despite the novel being written in verse, and therefore being sparse on long descriptions and dialogue, Crossan gives us a cast of characters that are real and sympathetic especially in our lovely heroine, Kasienka. It also has a beautiful cover designed by Oliver Jeffers.
Why I read it: It was on the Carnegie longlist, and has since been announced as making the shortlist (which I predicted, and hoped, that it would).
Who I would recommend it to: If you enjoyed The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce or The Midnight Zoo by Sonya Hartnett.