Keeping the Night Watch

by Hope Anita Smith
Illustrator E. B. Lewis, E. B. Lewis

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) | March 18, 2008 | Hardcover

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So many unanswered questions weigh down thirteen-year-old C.J. as he struggles to understand why his father walked out. His father is back now, though C.J. is not as quick to forgive as the other members of his family. He still feels the weight of responsibility that fell on his shoulders when Daddy was gone, and he's not prepared to give that up. But C.J.'s anger is making him a stranger in his own home, and instead of life seeming better now that Daddy has returned, it feels worse.
 
Through powerful poems, Hope Anita Smith chronicles the nuanced emotions of a family that is slowly learning to heal and put the pieces back together.
 
Keeping the Night Watch is a 2009 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book and a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children''s Book of the Year.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 80 pages, 4.09 × 2.72 × 0.18 in

Published: March 18, 2008

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0805072020

ISBN - 13: 9780805072020

Appropriate for ages: 8 - 12

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Keeping the Night Watch

by Hope Anita Smith
Illustrator E. B. Lewis, E. B. Lewis

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 80 pages, 4.09 × 2.72 × 0.18 in

Published: March 18, 2008

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0805072020

ISBN - 13: 9780805072020

About the Book

So many unanswered questions weigh down thirteen-year-old C.J. as he struggles to understand why his father walked out. His father is back now, though C.J. is not as quick to forgive as the other members of his family. He still feels the weight of responsibility that fell on his shoulders when Daddy was gone, and he's not prepared to give that up. But C.J.'s anger is making him a stranger in his own home, and instead of life seeming better now that Daddy has returned, it feels worse. Through powerful poems, Hope Anita Smith chronicles the nuanced emotions of a family that is slowly learning to heal and put the pieces back together.

From the Publisher

So many unanswered questions weigh down thirteen-year-old C.J. as he struggles to understand why his father walked out. His father is back now, though C.J. is not as quick to forgive as the other members of his family. He still feels the weight of responsibility that fell on his shoulders when Daddy was gone, and he's not prepared to give that up. But C.J.'s anger is making him a stranger in his own home, and instead of life seeming better now that Daddy has returned, it feels worse.
 
Through powerful poems, Hope Anita Smith chronicles the nuanced emotions of a family that is slowly learning to heal and put the pieces back together.
 
Keeping the Night Watch is a 2009 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book and a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children''s Book of the Year.

About the Author

Hope Anita Smith is the author of The Way a Door Closes, the prequel to Keeping the Night Watch. A professional story-teller, Hope teaches poetry-writing workshops to all grade levels. She lives in Los Angeles, California. 
 
E.B. Lewis has illustrated over 35 books for young readers, including Coming on Home Soon, for which he received a Caldecott honor, and His Talkin' About Bessie, winner of the Coretta Scott King Award. He teaches illustration at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and lives in Folsom, New Jersey.

Editorial Reviews

* "Beautiful." - Booklist, starred review
 
"A lovely melding of accesible beauty, hard truth, and aesthetic inspiration for young readers and budding writers." - The Bulletin of the Center for Children''s Books
 
"[an] affecting portrait of one family''s rebirth." - The Horn Book
 
 

Appropriate for ages: 8 - 12

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