The Way a Door Closes
by Hope Anita Smith, Illustrated by Shane W. Evans
Publication Date: Mar 15, 2011
List Price: $9.99
Format: Paperback, 64 pages
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
Imprint: Square Fish
Publisher: Macmillan Publishers
Parent Company: Holtzbrinck Publishing Group
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My best friend, Preacher, is being just that. His sermon today is on fathers and I am his congregation.
"Dads are light. They have no roots.
One strong wind, and they’re gone.
Out of here. History."With a click, a bang, a whisper—or no noise at all. There are so many ways that a door can close, but it’s not just the closing; it’s the knowing. And thirteen-year-old CJ knows too much—about losing his father, about his family’s pain, and especially about what it means to hold things together when times are the toughest. In this beautifully written and powerfully moving novel in poems, Hope Anita Smith tells the story of a young man’s struggle to accept a father who has walked out on his family. Here, in CJ’s words, is a portrait of hurt and healing, and finding the strength to open the door again.The Way a Door Closes is the winner of the 2004 Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe New Talent Award and the 2004 Bank Street - Claudia Lewis Award and is a 2004 Bank Street - Best Children’s Book of the Year.
- Juvenile Fiction / Family / Multigenerational
- Juvenile Fiction / Family / Parents
- Juvenile Fiction / People & Places / United States / African American
- Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings