Fighting Words

Fighting Words

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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.

Title:Fighting Words
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781984815682
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    Fighting Words Reviews

  • Betsy

    As a child I had absolutely no interest in reading books that contained any kind of trauma. I had a kind of sixth sense about it, so throughout the years I studiously avoided Bridge to Terabithia, Ju...

  • Bookishrealm

    It took me a really long time to sit down and write this review. And quite honestly I'm not sure what to say; however, I do know that this is one of the best middle grade books that I've read in a ver...

  • Elyse  Walters

    Audiobook…. read by the author ….6 hours and 31 minutes Kimberly Brubaker Bradley is **brilliantly talented** [Newbery Honor and Schneider award winning author]….. ….geared for middle school...

  • Lisa Vegan

    I loved the other three books I’ve read by this author (The War That Saved My Life and The War I Finally Won, and Halfway to the Sky) but this one didn’t immediately grab me and I wasn’t sure ho...

  • Rachel Reads Ravenously

    Intense subject matter, but a really beautiful and wonderful story. ...

  • Hilary

    This was a gripping read, I instantly loved Della, I couldn't stop reading this one and ended up reading it in two sittings, I had to keep going to find out what happens to these characters. Della and...

  • Anne Bogel

    I adored Bradley's most recent historical novels, The War That Saved My Life and The War I Finally Won, and I've long been looking forward to reading more of her work. This new middle grade novel just...

  • Katie Ziegler (Life Between Words)

    Incredible. And also incredibly difficult. This book tackles sensitive, horrific subject matter and does it with grace and wisdom and grit. But it is NOT a story for everyone. It’s a middle grade bo...

  • Phil Jensen

    This book was waiting to be written, and Kim Brubaker Bradley was the right person to write it.If it is possible to write a direct, child-appropriate book about sexual abuse, then this is it. This boo...

  • Asma

    This is middle grade book is difficult but important and I think the author deals with the subject matter appropriately (even though it may not be for every middle grader). It deals with topics like c...