Fighting Words

Fighting Words

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
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...

  • 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...

  • Schizanthus Nerd

    I could always count on Suki. Suki fixed everything. Della has always been able to rely on Suki, her older sister. Suki has taken care of and protected Della her whole life. Now the sisters are in f...

  • Elizabeth?

    I read and loved The War That Saved My Life, so I was excited to receive an ARC of Brubaker Bradley's upcoming novel. Della and Suki are in the foster system. They land with Francine who seems to be s...

  • 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...

  • Franki Sibberson

    Such an important book. I read this one in 2 days and it will stay with me for a very long time. A must-read....

  • DaNae

    Oomph! This book bludgeons your heart. It serves up hard truths yet offers a pile of hope to wash them down....

  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    FIGHTING WORDS is the story of Della, a fourth grader living in foster care with her older sister Suki after their de facto stepfather molested them.Della is angry, rightfully so. She won’t show how...

  • Katrina

    So snowing good! Definitely hard topics, but perfectly executed. And I didn’t expect it to be so funny! I cried some, but I laughed a lot more and it ends on such a hopeful and triumphant note. ...

  • Becky

    I just finished reading FIGHTING WORDS by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. It’s an absolutely amazing and powerful story. My heart hurt for sisters, Della & Suki. Their bond and resilience is inspiring an...