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Keeping the night watch / Hope Anita Smith ; with illustrations by E.B. Lewis.

By: Smith, Hope Anita.
Contributor(s): Lewis, Earl B [illustrator.].
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2008Edition: 1st ed.Description: 73 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780805072020; 0805072020.Subject(s): Families -- Juvenile poetry | Fathers -- Juvenile poetry | African Americans -- Juvenile poetry | Novels in verse | Family life -- Fiction | Fathers -- Fiction | African Americans -- Fiction | African Americans | Families | Fathers | Novel in verse | Novel in verseGenre/Form: Novels in verse -- Juvenile fiction. | Novels in verse. | Juvenile works. | Poetry. | Novels in verse.DDC classification: [Fic] LOC classification: PZ7.5.S54 | Ke 2008
Contents:
We are family -- Family cooking instructions -- Pretending -- Sticks and stones -- Somebody's callin' my name -- Showdown at the O.K. Corral -- Family tales -- If you can't stand the heat ... -- Seven ways of looking at my father -- The night watchman -- Parents and teachers -- Unidentified family member (UFM) -- The jeweler -- Sign language -- A talk on the moon -- Mountain climbing -- The good stuff -- Crazy glue -- Place cards -- Man-to-man -- Maya's sonnet -- Preacher's sermon on the mount -- Tongue-tied -- Field trip -- Fences -- Lunch is a battlefield -- Row, row, row ... -- For real -- (Nick) Tuck -- Best-kept secret -- Can you hear me now? -- Zuri's ABCs -- Light at the end of the tunnel -- Blueprint -- Dance with me.
Awards: Coretta Scott King Honor, author, 2009. | Notable Children's Book (ALSC), Older Readers, 2009Summary: A thirteen-year-old African American boy chronicles what happens to his family when his father, who temporarily left, returns home and they all must deal with their feelings of anger, hope, abandonment, and fear.
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We are family -- Family cooking instructions -- Pretending -- Sticks and stones -- Somebody's callin' my name -- Showdown at the O.K. Corral -- Family tales -- If you can't stand the heat ... -- Seven ways of looking at my father -- The night watchman -- Parents and teachers -- Unidentified family member (UFM) -- The jeweler -- Sign language -- A talk on the moon -- Mountain climbing -- The good stuff -- Crazy glue -- Place cards -- Man-to-man -- Maya's sonnet -- Preacher's sermon on the mount -- Tongue-tied -- Field trip -- Fences -- Lunch is a battlefield -- Row, row, row ... -- For real -- (Nick) Tuck -- Best-kept secret -- Can you hear me now? -- Zuri's ABCs -- Light at the end of the tunnel -- Blueprint -- Dance with me.

A thirteen-year-old African American boy chronicles what happens to his family when his father, who temporarily left, returns home and they all must deal with their feelings of anger, hope, abandonment, and fear.

Middle School.

NP Lexile.

Coretta Scott King Honor, author, 2009.

Notable Children's Book (ALSC), Older Readers, 2009

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-This book picks up where The Way a Door Closes (Holt, 2003) left off. Now that C.J.'s father, who had left the family, has returned, the teen notes that dinners are like "a roomful of strangers" and that he feels weighed down by "brick heavy" questions. Wise beyond his years, eldest son C.J. felt it was his role to "keep the night watch" during his father's absence. Now, he feels displaced in his own home and seethes with anger and resentment. Gradually, everyone starts to move on: C.J. experiences the awkward elation of first love, tries his hand at shaving, and argues and makes up with his best friend. His little sister sends love notes to each family member, and, at book's end, C.J. and his family come together: "We dance on our tears." As in the previous book, Smith masterfully brings her characters to life from the inside out in straightforward free verse. Lewis uses his brilliantly composed, watercolor-and-ink paintings to underscore the strong emotions of the text. This hopeful book celebrates the power of families to heal and overcome hard times. It will speak to the hearts of many readers.-Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Author notes provided by Syndetics

<p> Hope Anita Smith is the author of The Way a Door Closes, the prequel to Keeping the Night Watch . A professional story-teller, Hope teaches poetry-writing workshops to all grade levels. She lives in Los Angeles, California.</p> <p> 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.</p>

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