My best friend, Preacher, is being just that. His sermon today is on fathers and I am his congregation.
"Dads are light. They have no roots.
One strong wind, and they're gone.
Out of here. History."
With a click, a bang, a whisperor no noise at all. There are so many ways that a door can close, but it's not just the closing; it's the knowing. And thirteen-year-old CJ knows too muchabout losing his father, about his family's pain, and especially about what it means to hold things together when times are the toughest.
In this beautifully written and powerfully moving novel in poems, Hope Anita Smith tells the story of a young man's struggle to accept a father who has walked out on his family. Here, in CJ's words, is a portrait of hurt and healing, and finding the strength to open the door again.
The Way a Door Closes is the winner of the 2004 Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe New Talent Award and the 2004 Bank Street - Claudia Lewis Award and is a 2004 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
|Product dimensions:||6.30(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.30(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
HOPE ANITA SMITH didn't want to just tell the story of a father who disappears: "I wanted this story to have a different ending, an ending that proves wrongs can be righted and it's never too late to say 'I'm sorry.'" A native of Akron, Ohio, Ms. Smith now lives in Los Angeles, California. The Way a Door Closes is her first book for young readers.
SHANE W. EVANS has illustrated several highly regarded books for children, including Down the Winding Road and Osceola: Memories of a Sharecropper's Daughter, for which he received a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor. His artwork has been exhibited in Paris, Chicago, New York, and West Africa. A native of Upstate New York, Mr. Evans currently lives in Kansas City, Missouri.
Table of Contents
History Lessons 5
Interrogator Momma 6
The Whole World in His Hands 8
Twice Blessed 10
Diamond in the Rough 13
Close Your Eyes 14
Good White Things 15
The Dance 16
Job Hunt 18
The Way a Door Closes 19
Geography Lesson 21
Not Today 22
And One to Grow On 24
The Pull of the Moon 25
Photo Op 26
Little Man 27
The Power of One 29
Going, Going, Gone 30
Grandmomma's China Bowl 32
Telling Tales 33
Tell Me Something I Don't Know 34
When a Daddy Goes 38
Family Fire 40
Schoolyard Sermon 42
Winter Words 44
History Repeating (Almost) 46
Temp Job 48
Prodigal Son 51
Astronomy 101 52
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is poetry because their is a lot of feelings and emotions expressed in the words and lines. This is very loose form pf poetry because the lines don't rhyme and the lines are different. Each poem allows the reader to feel the emotions that are expressed.This is a unqiue style of writing because this book isn't a collection of poems, it is a story written in several poems. This provides variety and is a new twist on reading and writing.Media: Alkyds
This is a chapter book of poems that describes a thirteen year old boy's troubles when his dad leaves home.
In fifty pages, filled with magnificently illustrated pictures rendered in alkyds on Strathmore paper, with words chosen and placed so precisely on each page, the reader is effortlessly transported into the mind and heart of thirteen year old Cameron James. Hope Anita Smith centers the perceptive and insightful story told in prose and lyrical rhyming verse, around a father who leaves his family and the emotional turmoil and pain it causes his wife, his mother, and his three children. Shane W. Evans, fills the characters with life and depth, his carefully drawn images brimming with honest facial expressions and body language that speak off the pages. This book is a brilliant fusion of words and pictures that will have a profound and thoughtful impact on all readers.
This is a book featuring various forms of poetry that tell the story of a little boy and the other members of his family and how they cope with life after their father walks out the door and doesn't come back. The poetry is beautifully written and full of emotion, very powerful and moving. Several poems from this book could be used as an example of various forms of poetry. It could also be recommended for any student who is learning to adjust to life with an absent father.
This was a great book of poems written about a boy whose father walks out on him and his family.
Excellent book for middle school students to relate to life experiences through poetry.
Its funny how one word can be interpreted into many things, a touch can mean so much or nothing at all and how in Cameron¿s case the way a door closes can lead to a bad ending or a new beginning. The comfort we get when we hear a familiar sound, see a familiar face or smell a familiar scent makes life worthwhile. I love the ending of the story it was unexpected and very hopeful. I enjoyed the book.