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Fighting Words (2020)

por Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

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Juvenile Fiction. Juvenile Literature. HTML:*Newbery Honor Book*
*
Odyssey Honor Audiobook*
 
A candid and fierce middle grade novel about sisterhood and sexual abuse, by two-time Newbery Honor winner and #1 New York Times best seller Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, author of The War that Saved My Life
Kirkus Prize Finalist
Boston Globe Best Book of the Year
Horn Book Fanfare Best Book of the Year
School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
Booklist Best Book of the Year
Kirkus Best Book of the Year
BookPage Best Book of the Year
New York Public Library Best Book of the Year
Chicago Public Library Best Book of the Year
Golden Kite Honor Book
Rise: Feminist Book Project Selection
ALSC Notable Book
Cooperative Childrens Book Center (CCBC) Choices Selection
Junior Library Guild Selection
 
"Fighting Words is raw, it is real, it is necessary, a must-read for children and their adultsa total triumph in all ways." Holly Goldberg Sloan, New York Times bestselling author of Counting by 7s
Ten-year-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 wolfher 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.
 
"Dellas matter-of-fact narration manages to be as funny and charming as it is devastatingly sad. . . . This is a novel about trauma and the scars it leaves on bodies, minds and hearts. But more than that, its a book about resilience, strength and healing." New York Times Book Review
"One of the most important books ever written for kids."Colby Sharp of Nerdy Book Club
"One for the history books....One of the best of the year."Betsy Bird for A Fuse #8 Production/SLJ
"Gripping. Life-changing...I am awe-struck."Donna Gephart, author of Lily and Dunkin
"Compassionate, truthful, and beautiful."Elana K. Arnold, author of Damsel
"I am blown away. [This] may be Kimberly Brubaker Bradley's best work yet."Barbara Dee, author of Maybe He Just Likes You
"A book that lets [kids] know they have never been alone. And never will be."Kat Yeh, author of The Truth About Twinkie Pie
"Meets the criteria of great children's literature that [will] resonate with adults too."Bitch Media
* "At once heartbreaking and hopeful."Kirkus (starred review)
* "Honest [and] empowering...An important book for readers of all ages."SLJ (starred review)
* "Sensitive[,] deft, and vivid."BCCB (starred review)
* "Prepare to read furiously."Booklist (starred review)
* "An essential, powerful mirror and window for any....
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Gr 5 Up—Sisters Della, 10, and Suki, 16, are put in foster care after escaping a sexually abusive home. Readers
experience their initial recovery through Della's perspective as she finds strength in herself but sees Suki declining.
This book is searingly honest with an ultimately hopeful resolution. Readers are strongly urged to experience this
text with a trusted adult, as there is a great deal to unpack in the narrative. Gut-wrenching, hopeful, and necessary.
  BackstoryBooks | Apr 2, 2024 |
In Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, we meet sisters Della and Suki. It is immediately apparent that theses sisters have faced some serious problems – and that they have faced them together. For much of her life, Della has known that her sister Suki will protect her.
Each girl is trying to cope with a world that is continually turned upside down by adults that should have been there for them and cared for them. Instead, these sisters have had to fend for themselves for food, safety, and comfort. They have also earned to keep secrets.
Their love and loyalty to each other have been enough until a terrible event has pushed both to the edge – an assault against Bella from the same man who has sexually abused Suki. While not spelled out in the novel, it is apparent that both girls are dealing with depression, guilt, anger, and trauma – so much that Suki tries to kill herself. After this, Bella finds herself lost and without her only protection. Gradually Bella realizes that she does have another tool at her disposal. Through support of her therapist, foster mother, and friends, Bella realizes that words – fighting words and not necessarily fists – can also help her fight back and protect herself and her sister. Although both sisters remain traumatized and face a difficult road ahead, Bella and Suki take steps towards healing.
This book is not an easy read. Although there is humor and hope, the characters deal with intense issues such as poverty, abuse, violence, incarceration, drug addiction, harassment, and homelessness. While Fighting Words is geared to middle grade readers, it might not be suitable for some. Still this novel is important and can be source of hope and a lifeline for those surviving sexual abuse:
“If you’ve been hurt, tell someone. Tell your parents if you can, or your teacher, or your doctor, or any other adult you trust. If that person doesn’t help you, tell someone else. Keep talking until you get the help you need.”
-- from the Author’s Note
( )
  AnnesLibrary | Jan 28, 2024 |
I meant to read just the first few chapters last night, but I stayed up until 3 a.m. finishing the whole book. Obviously this takes on a very difficult topic -- sexual abuse of children -- but it does so in a sensitive and balanced way. By "balanced" I mean that this book has funny and joyful parts. Readers will see that trauma has a huge impact on Della and Suki's lives, but it doesn't define them.

I also want to say that the last page of this book is perfect. ( )
  LibrarianDest | Jan 3, 2024 |
Praise for this novel regarding child abuse and how it affects families. Websites for assistance can also be found here. ( )
  DebbyTaufernerVa3492 | Aug 5, 2023 |
You want to talk about an incredible book--this book is....WOW.

As the author herself says, it is a novel for 10 year olds featuring sexual abuse, a suicide attempt, foster care, homelessness, meth addition, mental health, and eighty-six uses of the word "snow" (in place of another word ;)) This book is timely. It's about consent and standing up, finding ways to be brave in the midst of fear.....it's a book of Della and Suki's sisterly bond and how sometimes the people that are busy protecting us often need protecting themselves.

It is quite the story. I can see parents struggling with it due to its nature and sensitive material. And yes, we do find out the extent of the sexual abuse (but only a portion). Still, I know this book will reach necessary audiences. The author also admitted it was HER story. What a story. It begs to be hold. I encourage parents to have conversations with their kids. Read this book together. Have those tough conversations. As we talk about sexual assault, consent, mental health, we remove the stigma!

I cannot recommend this book enough! ( )
  msgabbythelibrarian | Jun 11, 2023 |
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Juvenile Fiction. Juvenile Literature. HTML:*Newbery Honor Book*
*
Odyssey Honor Audiobook*
 
A candid and fierce middle grade novel about sisterhood and sexual abuse, by two-time Newbery Honor winner and #1 New York Times best seller Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, author of The War that Saved My Life
Kirkus Prize Finalist
Boston Globe Best Book of the Year
Horn Book Fanfare Best Book of the Year
School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
Booklist Best Book of the Year
Kirkus Best Book of the Year
BookPage Best Book of the Year
New York Public Library Best Book of the Year
Chicago Public Library Best Book of the Year
Golden Kite Honor Book
Rise: Feminist Book Project Selection
ALSC Notable Book
Cooperative Childrens Book Center (CCBC) Choices Selection
Junior Library Guild Selection
 
"Fighting Words is raw, it is real, it is necessary, a must-read for children and their adultsa total triumph in all ways." Holly Goldberg Sloan, New York Times bestselling author of Counting by 7s
Ten-year-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 wolfher 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.
 
"Dellas matter-of-fact narration manages to be as funny and charming as it is devastatingly sad. . . . This is a novel about trauma and the scars it leaves on bodies, minds and hearts. But more than that, its a book about resilience, strength and healing." New York Times Book Review
"One of the most important books ever written for kids."Colby Sharp of Nerdy Book Club
"One for the history books....One of the best of the year."Betsy Bird for A Fuse #8 Production/SLJ
"Gripping. Life-changing...I am awe-struck."Donna Gephart, author of Lily and Dunkin
"Compassionate, truthful, and beautiful."Elana K. Arnold, author of Damsel
"I am blown away. [This] may be Kimberly Brubaker Bradley's best work yet."Barbara Dee, author of Maybe He Just Likes You
"A book that lets [kids] know they have never been alone. And never will be."Kat Yeh, author of The Truth About Twinkie Pie
"Meets the criteria of great children's literature that [will] resonate with adults too."Bitch Media
* "At once heartbreaking and hopeful."Kirkus (starred review)
* "Honest [and] empowering...An important book for readers of all ages."SLJ (starred review)
* "Sensitive[,] deft, and vivid."BCCB (starred review)
* "Prepare to read furiously."Booklist (starred review)
* "An essential, powerful mirror and window for any....

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