Keeper of the Night

Paperback | September 27, 2011

byKimberly Willis Holt

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Isabel's mother died peacefully. At least that's what Isabel likes to think since no one in her family will talk about the truth. But in spite of their avoidance, in spite of their brave faces, the truth has a way of revealing itself at night, in her family's behavior. Her father sleeps curled up on the floor right where Mama's body was found. Olivia wets her bed and wakes repeatedly from nightmares, and Frank has started carving his anger into his bedroom wall. It's up to Isabel to help her family get beyond the pain and loss-to be the keeper of the night. But who will help Isabel?

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Isabel's mother died peacefully. At least that's what Isabel likes to think since no one in her family will talk about the truth. But in spite of their avoidance, in spite of their brave faces, the truth has a way of revealing itself at night, in her family's behavior. Her father sleeps curled up on the floor right where Mama's body wa...

Kimberly Willis Holt is the author of the many award-winning novels for young adults and children, including The Water Seeker, My Louisiana Sky, and When Zachary Beaver Came to Town, winner of a National Book Award for Young People's Literature. She is also the author of the bestselling Piper Reed series of chapter books, and picture ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.18 × 5.57 × 0.9 inPublished:September 27, 2011Publisher:Square FishLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0312661037

ISBN - 13:9780312661038

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read I read Keeper of the Night by Kimberly Willis Holt a while back but still remember it as if I read it yesterday. Overall, I found the storyline very different than those I typically read. It tells the story of a teenage girl named Isabel with a family trying to get over the loss of their mother due to suicide. Although there was a sad idea behind it, I found it very interesting to see how everyone grieves and moves on differently. If you choose to read this novel, you will quickly see how Isabel, her sister, her brother, and her father all deal with the pain of their mother’s loss. In addition to this, I found that the character of Isabel was very relatable. She is the average teenage girl dealing with boys, family, and friends. This added to the interest of the novel as I could picture myself in Isabel’s shoes. However, I found that the novel got a bit repetitive, as the same thing would happen every night. There was a great story behind it but some parts could have been removed. Overall, this novel tells a great story of getting over difficult life events and how much friends and family can help out during different times; whether it be through support or just having someone to talk to and spend time with. I would recommend this novel to anyone looking for an easy read that contains real-life characters and situations.
Date published: 2013-10-20

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Keeper of the NightA Dutiful DaughterMy mother died praying on her knees. Her rosary beads were still in her hands when we found her. She left no note, said no good-byes, gave no last hugs or kisses. Only the empty bottle of sleeping pills that had rolled under her bed proved that she'd meant to leave.I found her first. But I didn't know she was dead. I thought she was praying.That morning, I eased her door shut, tied on her apron, and made breakfast for my little brother and sister. I felt proud to scramble their eggs and butter their toast.Later I tied blue ribbons in Olivia's hair and dipped the comb into a glass of water before parting Frank's. I had no idea it was the first of many mornings I'd be doing that.KEEPER OF THE NIGHT. Copyright © 2003 by Kimberly Willis Holt.

Editorial Reviews

"Evocative . . . haunting . . . magic." -Publishers Weekly, Starred Review"Beautifully written." -School Library Journal, Starred Review"Exquisitely presented . . . stunningly beautiful." -Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review"Heart-rending. . . . [Holt] has created an endearing, complicated narrator in Isabel; she manages to sound both lyrical and like the eighth grader she is." -The New York Times Book Review"Holt's plain, direct prose belies the deep pain the narrator feels as she tries to understand her mother's life and death." -Bookpage"Beautifully written, this tale reaches into the heart of Guam and touches gold." -Seattle Times"[E]xtended families, unhurried lives, the wisdom of elders, the individual quirks and eccentricities and the deep love holding up the surface of everyday life will all be familiar to readers of Holt's previous work." -Times Picayune