A Door near Here

A Door near Here

by Heather Quarles
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A Door near Here by Heather Quarles

Without even noticing, 15-year-old Katherine has become the head of her household. She hasn't had time to notice. Her single mother, an out-of-work alcoholic, has been in bed for weeks, leaving Katherine and her three younger siblings to band together and fend for themselves. But it has gotten harder and harder to maintain any sort of stability. There's no time for housework, food and money are running out, and the kids' teachers are starting to get suspicious. Worst of all, Katherine's youngest sister, Alisa, seems to be losing her grip on reality; she is obsessed with finding a door to the imaginary land of Narnia. And the longer they all struggle to maintain their pretense of normality, the more they have to fear—and to lose.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440227618
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 01/28/2000
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 4.49(w) x 6.87(h) x 0.82(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Heather Quarles received her M.F.A. from Emerson College. A Door Near Here was her master's thesis.

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A Door near Here 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had me from the begining. There were a few if any times I got board. I was sad when it ended, I didn't know really what was going to happen untill the end and it really makes you rethink your whole perspective about God.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this when I was in 6th grade and I'm now a junior in high school. I've read this book numorous time yet I can still read it many more times because it's that good. It shows a teenager that took charge when an adult couldn't
Guest More than 1 year ago
when you pick this book up, you can't put it down until you finish it. It pulls you into the story and you feel like you are fighting to survive instead of the character. I loved this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story keeps you holding your breath to find out what happens next. It is one of the best books that I have ever read. It brings tears to your eyes and you could almost cry a river. I think that it is one of those books that will have you thinking all night and day about what is going to happen next and I highley reccomend this book to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like to read a lot of books and because I have so many and a small bookshelf, I tend to rotate books through so I can have space for new ones. If I don't like a book or get tired of re-reading it, I put it in boxes. A Door Near Here will NEVER be in a box. I plan to keep in on my shelf until I graduate from college. It's a great story about a shattered family run by a 15 year old girl trying to stick together. From the first paragraph you are hooked. At the end, you hold your breath as characters show new sides and there are enormous changes. My copy of this book is dog-eared. Let it be a sign of greatness in a book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a story about a girl named Katherine, who is just trying to keep her two younger sisters and younger brother together. They all live in a shabby house with their drunk mother, who never goes out to buy food. Now Katherine must make a choice between letting a close teacher in on their situation, and risk being split up from her siblings, or she can try and keep the problem hidden, while making home life as easy as possible. This book may not suspened you at the edge of your seat, but will leave a warm feeling in your heart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Heather Quarles has captured the reality of life within an alcoholic, broken family in a way that highlights the devastation and hope involved with such an upbringing. In the midst of some of the most unbelievable suffering children can experience, the power of the love of an individual and the love of God is displayed and revealed to be TRUE. Have you suffered? Then this book is for you. I cried throughout most of this book. I started the book at 11:00 PM and did not put it down until I finished it. But I also turned to God and thanked Him for the amazing ways He reveals Himself - especially in the midst of tragedy. This is a book that I will read again and again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was excellant. I think it was probably one of the best books I have ever read. It seems like a very real situation and keeps you in suspence. I would recommend any one who wants a good book to read to read this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is incredible. The story is easy to picture and the images are vived. This story is like an incredible journy to the right way of life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this book was totaly awesome though very sad, but it showed that anyone can do what they have to if they really have to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a very real story about children surbviving without the care of an adult. they're doing fairly well too until a teacher finds out their situation. but they dont want his help. tis an awesome book that everyone should read. i totally reccomend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Body of Christopher Creed by Carol Plum, is a wonderful mystery that keeps the reader in suspense. Christopher Creed, a nerdy boy that gets on everyone¿s nerves, disappeared. His disappearance turns their little town against each other. 16-year-old Torey Adams stumbles upon a note written by Creed before he disappears. Torey, bully Bo Richerdson, and Bo¿s girlfriend, Ali McDermott decide to try and find Creed. Was Creed murdered, did he commit suicide or did he simply run away? That¿s the question Torey and his friends try to figure out in this thrilling and exciting story. Cassie R.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this book is the best book to read it realtes to real life. This book really makes you think. I had to do it for a report in my 9th grade english class, and i thought the book was really going to be stupid but it turned out to be very interesting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was really great. The storyline dealt with totally real issues, not at all corny like some young adult novels. And the main character is someone you can totally relate to, not some perfect barbie doll who has it made. I totally recommend this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved this book!! it was soo good. i had to do it for a book report and thought it would suck but when i actually read it oh man was i wrong!!! i would advise every1 read this book
Guest More than 1 year ago
OK. I read this book and it made me think. About parents and about how drugs and alcohol can change a whole family's life. I loved this book. I hope that you want to read it...