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Fighting Words

  • Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • Offered By: Thorndike Striving Reader
  • ISBN-10: 1432881213
  • ISBN-13: 9781432881214
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: 1.00 lbs ( .45 kgs)
  • 352 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released September 2020

About

Overview

A #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
A Newbery Honor-Winning Author
A Kirkus Prize Finalist

Ten-tear-old Della has always had her older sister, Suki: When their mom went to prison, Della had Suki. When their mom’s boyfriend took them in, Della had Suki. When that same boyfriend did something so awful they had to run fast, Della had Suki. Suki is Della’s own wolf — her protector. But who has been protecting Suki? Della might get told off for swearing at school, but she has always known how to keep quiet where it counts. Then Suki tries to kill herself, and Della’s world turns so far upside down, it feels like it’s shaking her by the ankles. Maybe she’s been quiet about the wrong things. Maybe it’s time to be loud.

In this powerful novel that explodes the stigma around child sexual abuse and leavens an intense tale with compassion and humor, Kimberly Brubaker Bradley tells a story about two sisters, linked by love and trauma, who must find their own voices before they can find their way back to each other.

Age Range: 10-12 | Grade Level: 5-6 | Lexile Measure: 480L

Reviews

Customer Reviews

“This story, no PSA, is an honest slice of a difficult life unvarnished, painful, and raw, [and] Della is a powerhouse of a protagonist . . . Prepare to read furiously.”

— Booklist (starred)

“Della’s tough, straightforward narration pulls no punches as she learns the power of using her ‘big mouth’ and inspires others to tell their stories when and how they are able. Sharp characterizations by Newbery Honoree Brubaker Bradley create an essential, powerful mirror and window for any reader.”

— Publishers Weekly (starred)

“Believable and immensely appealing, Suki, Francine, and especially Della light up [the] story . . . Readers will root for these sisters along every step of their daunting journey. Refusing to soft-pedal hard issues, the novel speaks with an astringent honesty, at once heartbreaking and hopeful.”

— Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“Despite the horrors the sisters have endured, there is humor and warmth in this multifaceted, brave novel. Bradley creates fully developed, believable characters that readers will root for. . . . Raw and honest, this ultimately empowering novel is an important book for readers of all ages.”

— School Library Journal (starred)