|aKeeping the night watch / |cHope Anita Smith ; with illustrations by E.B. Lewis
|aNew York : |bHenry Holt and Co., |c2008
|a73 p. : |bcol. ill. ; |c26 cm.
|aA 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
|aLewis, Earl B.|eill
|uhttp://www.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy0828/2007012372-b.html|3Contributor biographical information
So many unanswered questions weigh down thirteen-year-old C.J. as he struggles to understand why his father walked out. His father is back now, though C.J. is not as quick to forgive as the other members of his family. He still feels the weight of responsibility that fell on his shoulders when Daddy was gone, and he’s not prepared to give that up. But C.J.’s anger is making him a stranger in his own home, and instead of life seeming better now that Daddy has returned, it feels worse. Through powerful poems, Hope Anita Smith chronicles the nuanced emotions of a family that is slowly learning to heal and put the pieces back together. Keeping the Night Watch is a 2009 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book and a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
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. 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.