Coretta Scott King-John Steptoe New Talent Award Winner
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.
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 whisper—or 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 much—about losing his father, about his family's pain, and especially about what it means to hold things together when times are the toughest. 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.
King/Steptoe New Talent Award - Author, Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award - Author, Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Honor Book, NCTE Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts, Bank Street Claudia Lewis Award, Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Honor, Judy Lopez Memorial Award for Children's Literature (Women's National Book Association), NYPL Books for the Teen Age, Books for the Teen Age, New York Public Library, NCTE Notable Child. Bks in Lang. A , Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year
Praise for The Way a Door Closes
“Smith and Evans have created a wonderful way to introduce young readers to the world of poetry.” —Black Issues Book Review
“Hope Smith's voice is vivid and evocative, I'm glad her words are in the world.” —Jacqueline Woodson
“Good poetry touches the heart, and this offering does just that.” —School Library Journal, Starred Review
“Evans's illustrations are characteristically powerful, the naturalistic renderings carrying great emotion.” —Kirkus Reviews