Keeper of the Night

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Thorndike Press, 2004 - Death - 318 pages
A National Book Award-winning AuthorIsabel's mother died peacefully. At least that's what Isabel likes to think, since no one will talk about the truth. Kimberly Willis Holt has written a painfully beautiful story, set on the lush island of Guam, about a young woman's struggle to protect her family after her mother's suicide. At once disturbing and honest, devastating and hopeful, Isabel's voice is aching to be heard - because some wounds can't heal until the truth has finally been spoken.

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A solid young adult selection that addresses issues kids and adults alike need to read and talk about the concept of family depression suicide tradition and poverty. As a high school language arts ... Read full review


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In a series of exquisitely presented snapshots, a young teen struggles to cope with the aftermath of her mother's suicide. Her grief-stricken father having effectively abdicated his responsibility ... Read full review


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Kimberly Willis Holt was born in Pensacola, Florida September 9, 1960, but spent most of her childhood in Forest Hill, Louisiana. Kimberly is a children's writer, most famous for writing When Zachary Beaver Came to Town, which won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature in 1999. She has also won, or been shortlisted, for a number of prestigious awards: Mister and Me, My Louisiana Sky, Dancing in Cadillac Light, Keeper of the Night, Waiting for Gregory, Part of Me, Skinny Brown Dog, Piper Reed Navy Brat, Piper Reed the Great Gypsy, and Piper Reed Gets a Job. Kimberly lives in Amarillo, Texas.

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