Fighting Words (Large Print / Paperback)
Ten-year-old Della, short for Delicious, just got an ampersand tattoo on her wrist and her frouth grade teacher gives her the look, the same look many might tend toward, but Della has a story to tell you. It is vital that you listen, vital that you don't turn away from her, because the story of what happened to her is ugly, but she is not. It isn't an easy story; her mother is in prison, her sister Suki - who is her person, providing for and protecting Della - has secrets of her own that are tearing her apart. Della and Suki's foster mom, Francine, is the kind of woman who might just be able to help, and soon they find themselves with friends, people who ease the stories out by assuring the girls that their stories do not taint them. If the subject matter of this book makes you uncomfortable, it should, but Della and Suki are much more than what happened to them, and Fighting Words is a powerful path to opening this conversation.— Linda
Fall 2020 Kids Indie Next List
“Wow, wow, WOW. This book handles so many intense, difficult topics — addiction, sexual abuse, foster care, mental health, consent, poverty — in a sensitive, age-appropriate way. I can’t express how perfectly Kimberly Brubaker Bradley walks the line of telling the truth about these situations without ever getting explicit or unnecessarily graphic. I am astounded at how gracefully and carefully this story is laid out. Everyone everywhere should read Fighting Words.”
— Tory Hall, Chapters Books & Gifts, Seward, NE
About the Author
Kimberly Brubaker Bradley lives on a forty-two-acre farm in Bristol, Tennessee. She is the author of several middle grade novels, including the widely acclaimed Jefferson's Sons and the New York Times bestsellers The War I Finally Won and The War That Saved My Life, the latter of which earned a Newbery Honor and a Schneider Award.