The Way a Door Closes

The Way a Door Closes




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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312661694
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication date: 03/15/2011
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: NP (what's this?)
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

Golden 3

Legacy 4

History Lessons 5

Interrogator Momma 6

The Whole World in His Hands 8

Twice Blessed 10

Audition 12

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

Dream 37

When a Daddy Goes 38

Family Fire 40

Schoolyard Sermon 42

Winter Words 44

History Repeating (Almost) 46

Temp Job 48

Forgetfulness 50

Prodigal Son 51

Astronomy 101 52

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