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Fighting words / Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781984815682
  • ISBN: 1984815687
  • ISBN: 9780780497603
  • Physical Description: 259 pages ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: New York, New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, [2020]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Includes author's note with discussion questions.
Summary, etc.:
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.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 10+ Dial Books for Young Readers
Grades 4-6 Dial Books for Young Readers
Young adult
Study Program Information Note:
Accelerated reader AR MG+ 3.6 7.0
Accelerated Reader AR MG+ 3.6 7 509591.
Awards Note:
Newbery Honor, 2021.
Truman Readers Award nominee, 2022-2023.
Subject: Sisters > Juvenile fiction.
Middle school students > Juvenile fiction.
Suicidal behavior > Juvenile fiction.
Children of prisoners > Juvenile fiction.
Sex crimes > Juvenile fiction.
Foster children > Juvenile fiction.
Genre: Domestic fiction.
Psychological fiction.
Missouri Truman Readers.

Available copies

  • 56 of 64 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Marshall. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Marshall Public Library.


  • 1 current hold with 64 total copies.
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Marshall Public Library JF FAM BRA (Text) 33391000189664 Readers Awards Display Available -

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