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Keeper of the Night (Paperback)
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?
About the Author
Twenty three years ago Kimberly Willis Holt stopped talking about wanting to be a writer and started to pursue her dream. Because of her family's Louisiana roots she considers herself a southerner, but her father's military career took her to places beyond the South, including Paris and Guam.
She's the author of more than fifteen books for a wide range of ages, many of which have won awards and honors. Her third novel, When Zachary Beaver Came to Town won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature. She writes and gardens in Texas.
“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