Keeper of the Night by Kimberly Willis Holt

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A powerful new novel from the award-winning author of When Zachary Beaver Came to Town.

Isabel’s mother died peacefully. At least that’s what Isabel likes to think since no one will talk about the truth. But the truth has a way of revealing itself at night. Ta`Ta sleeps curled up on the floor right where Mama’s body was found. Olivia wets her bed and wakes repeatedly from nightmares, and Frank starts 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 be there for Isabel and help her through to the other side?

Set on the lush island of Guam, Kimberly Willis Holt has written a painfully beautiful story about a young woman’s struggle to protect her family after suicide hits home.


About Kimberly Willis Holt

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Kimberly Willis Holt is the author of the other books in the Piper Reed series and has written many acclaimed novels, including The Water Seeker. She lives in West Texas. Christine Davenier has illustrated many books for young readers, as well as the books in the Piper Reed series. She lives in Paris, France.
Published September 27, 2011 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 337 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This narrative technique takes readers in and out of memory, showing how Isabel’s mother’s depression had repercussions that began in the past and echo loudly into the present.

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Holt smoothly juxtaposes here-and-now segments with haunting recollections of Isabel's "sad and beautiful" mother, whose image starts to fade in the narrator's mind over time.

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Kimberly Willis Holt details the rituals, family relationships, foods, and festivals of small-town Guam, and Isabel befriends an American girl whose life and attitudes are contrasted with Isabel's.

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