Fighting Words

Paperback / softback

Main Details

Title Fighting Words
Authors and Contributors      By (author)   Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Physical Properties
Format:Paperback / softback
Dimensions(mm): Height 158,Width 129
CategoriesBullying, Violence and Abuse
ISBN 9781922330628
Teenage / Young Adult

Publishing Details

Publisher Text Publishing
Imprint The Text Publishing Company
Publication Date 1 September 2020
NZ Release Date 1 September 2020
Publication Country Australia


Bestselling author Kimberly Brubaker Bradley's confronting, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting story for young adults. Della can't work out why her adored older sixteen-year-old sister Suki screams in her sleep. Suki has always been Della's protector, especially after their mother went to prison and her boyfriend took the sisters in. But who has been protecting Suki? Della is in trouble at school for having a big mouth, but after she stands up to the class bully other girls rally to her cause. When Suki tries to kill herself, Della decides it's time to tell their secrets and speak out about the terrible things that happened to Suki. Bound by love and trauma, these two sisters must find their own voices before they can find their way back to each other. Based on the author's personal experience, this gripping and essential story explodes the stigma around child sexual abuse. Written from the heart, with tenderness, compassion and humour, Fighting Words is about finding the words to talk about the most difficult things in young adults' lives.

Author Biography

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley is a Newbery Honor winner and a #1 New York Times bestselling author. She earned her degree from Smith College in 1989. She is popular for her fiction and nonfiction.


'This is an important and beautifully written story that is ultimately uplifting but should be given to a young person with the awareness that further discussion and support may be needed.' * Readings * 'Fighting Words meets the criteria of great children's literature that manages to resonate with adults, too.' * Bitch Media * 'Magnificent...An award-worthy tale about a feisty survivor, Fighting Words is a story readers will draw strength from, and Della is a heroine they'll be unlikely to forget.' * Bookpage (starred review) * 'Sharp characterizations by Newbery Honoree Brubaker Bradley (The War That Saved My Life) create an essential, powerful mirror and window for any reader' * Publishers Weekly (starred review) * 'We need more books like this. Unflinching, funny and important, Fighting Words is for all the forgotten kids, the ones who don't fit in, the ones who are hurt. An exceptionally written story that takes you to dark places but where you never feel unsafe, a story to make you laugh and cry and wish for a better world. I could not put it down.' * Eleni Hale, author of Stone Girl * 'Fighting Words deftly guides readers through some very dark places and safely back into the light. Della's voice is feisty and true, her emotional journey compelling. Respecting its readership, this beautifully written novel deals in an unflinching but age-appropriate way with difficult material and will prompt important conversations. Highly recommended.' * Fiona Wood, author of Cloudwish * 'Fighting Words has so many important things to say about girls and their bodies, about agency, power and consent. Della and Suki's story of sisterhood and found family can be challenging and affecting-it's also funny, uplifting and ultimately triumphant. Books like this can change lives.' * Vikki Wakefield, author of This Is How We Change the Ending * 'I wish all children were lucky enough that the first time they encountered dark and difficult things, it was not through a swift and sudden rift in their real lives, but within the safe pages of a story. This beautiful, heartbreaking, and hopeful book is a place where readers can build strength and resilience, page by page, with the gift of opening, closing, and discussing in their own time and at their own pace. And for those who have, till now, felt alone in their hurtful past, this is a book that lets them know they have never been alone. And never will be.' * Kat Yeh, award-winning author of The Truth About Twinkie Pie * 'Absolutely magnificent...I cannot get Della out of my head or my heart. Fighting Words is raw, it is real, it is necessary.' * Holly Goldberg Sloan, author of Counting by 7s * 'I am blown away. This is a powerful, necessary book about a difficult subject, written with honesty, tenderness, and consummate craft. Della's story will burrow deep into your heart. Fighting Words may be Kimberly Brubaker Bradley's best work yet.' * Barbara Dee, award-winning author of Maybe He Just Likes You * 'Rather than shielding her readers, Kimberly Brubaker Bradley arms them with Fighting Words, a compassionate, truthful, and beautiful story about the trauma of sexual abuse and the remarkable power of sisterhood.' * Elana K. Arnold, Printz Honor-winning author of Damsel * 'Gripping. Life-changing. Essential. Fighting Words is a testament to the power we have when we stand up, speak up, and stick together. Kimberly Brubaker Bradley's talent is extraordinary. I am awe-struck.' * Donna Gephart, award-winning author of Lily and Dunkin *