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Keeping the Night Watch

Keeping the Night Watch

Hope Anita Smith; illustrated by E. B. Lewis

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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.

American Library Association Notable Children's Books, ALA Notable Children's Books, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), IRA Children's Book Award Notable Book, School Library Best Books of the Year, Coretta Scott King Honor, Author, Booklist Editors' Choice, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, CPL: Chicago Public Library Best of the Best


Keeping the Night Watch: ALA Book Talk

Cindy Dobrez talks about Keeping the Night Watch by Hope Anita Smith In this stunning free verse follow-up to The Way a Door Closes, CJ learns to cope with life after his absentee father returns home. Keeping the Night Watch is a 2009 Coretta Scott King Honor Book. Buy it now wherever books are sold.

Praise for Keeping the Night Watch

“* 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


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Hope Anita Smith; illustrated by E. B. Lewis

Hope Anita Smith is the author of The Way a Door Closes, the prequel to Keeping the Night Watch. A professional storyteller, 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.

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