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29 May 2008 @ 09:41 am
a Humpty Dumpty family  
Ever since CJ's father left the family (THE WAY A DOOR CLOSES tells this part of the story), he has been the guardian of the house. Now Dad is back and CJ does not know how to act. He keeps his anger bottled inside him, refusing to allow his father to become close to him, closing himself off from possible hurt and betrayal. Little by little, CJ has to learn how to trust and give up KEEPING THE NIGHT WATCH. I had the good fortune to meet and talk to author/poet Hope Anita Smith shortly after her first book, THE WAY A DOOR CLOSES, began to garner awards. She is a gifted writer whose poems speak volumes more than the scant words they contain. Of course, following up one book with a sequel of sorts is a challenge. Smith meets that challenge head-on. There is not a beat missed though time has surely passed between the events of the first book and this one. But it is as if we never left CJ and the rest of his family.

Given how many kids have experiences with absent family members, this is a novel in verse that will speak to many readers.

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coebooth on May 29th, 2008 04:48 pm (UTC)
Ooh. I'm excited to read this book! I loved THE WAY A DOOR CLOSES. I even used it for my MFA thesis! She really is a wonderful writer; I'm glad she has a new book coming out.