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Keeper of the Night

Keeper of the Night

Kimberly 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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Keeper of the Night

A Dutiful Daughter
My 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...

Praise for Keeper of the Night

“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


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Kimberly Willis Holt

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 books including Waiting for Gregory and Skinny Brown Dog. Holt was born in Pensacola, Florida, and lived all over the U.S. and the world—from Paris to Norfolk to Guam to New Orleans. She long dreamed of being a writer, but first worked as a radio news director, marketed a water park, and was an interior decorator, among other jobs. She lives in West Texas with her family.

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