I enjoyed the book, and would recommend it to anyone who wants a short but insightful, gentle book on a delicate subject. Very good in fine dust jacket. This book is about a girl named Isabel and her mom just past away. Holt makes the most of her Guam setting, subtly and inexorably involving readers in a way of life utterly foreign to most of them and getting it so thoroughly under their skin that taking in the story is like dreaming of the tropics. If you like sad,depressing but quite enjoyable books,this one is for you. Brief half- to three-page chapters capture the heroine's moods and memories as she takes on added responsibilities at home and struggles to reclaim a sense of normalcy.
Her mother ends up committing suicide and she has to deal with the consequences of that death. I desperately wanted to know what happened next--how Teracita sp? Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. Personal Response: Having grown up on an Island I loved the imagery and the personalities of the Island people. This was a short, almost slight book that nevertheless skillfully conveyed a strong sense of place and strong, complex characters. Frank is mutilating himself and his bedroom wall with a knife. Of cour If you like sad,depressing but quite enjoyable books,this one is for you.
I had a harder time liking this book. She resides in West Texas with her family. This text is about Isabel's brother, Frank, and how he suffers mentally the loss of his mother. But you can learn something from what your mother did. Set in Guam, the novel is also a lovely exposure to the people, culture, and traditions of this country.
This book is slow at times but the ending is worth is. Fortunately, there are friends and relatives who are willing to give her that help and, eventually, she is directed towards some professional help. Isabel is a young girl with a younger Olivia, her sister, and her brother, Frank, living on Guam. Because each chapter is so short, the book reads really quickly. Olivia wets her bed and wakes repeatedly from nightmares, and Frank has started carving his anger into his bedroom wall.
Stories about mental illness are certainly appreciated. My book is Keeper of the night by Kimberly willis holt. I liked the characters of this book and how they developed throughout it but i didn't like the chapter set up very much. It's a story about a girl whose mother committed suicide, and tries to cope with a grieving father and two younger siblings that she's forced to take care of. Because my mother is dead. Whenever I think of my mother, something fills up inside me like water filling a bucket.
Desp This book, which takes place in Guam, is interestingly written in short vignette style chapters. Teacher guide written by Betty Carter Betty Carter is Professor Emerita in the School of Library Information Studies at Texas Woman's University where she taught classes in children's and young adult literature. Please note that first editions are rarely first printings. But clearly not the best in my option. Olivia wets the bed and has nightmares. The book begins when the mother of a family has recently killed herself.
I didn't know much about Guam before I read this novel, and I'm not sure I know This was a short, almost slight book that nevertheless skillfully conveyed a strong sense of place and strong, complex characters. But who will help Isabel? I attended fiestas, explored caves, experienced typhoons and earthquakes. Olivia wets her bed and wakes repeatedly from nightmares, and Frank has started carving his anger into his bedroom wall. The main character of this book is Isabel, she runs the household and make sure everything goes smoothly after her mother's passing. The rest of the book is about how different members of the protagonist's family, a girl of about 14, handle that death. Orders to international addresses are dispatched from the United Kingdom. At least that's what Isabel likes to think since no one in her family will talk about the truth.
I skimmed through a lot of the middle sorry! She is best known for the novel When Zachary Beaver Came to Town, which won the 1999 U. I decided to read this book because it had an interesting cover to it and caught my attention. As things start to get better Frank is found in his room with blood everywhere. It seemed like the little chapters got right to the point and you only thought about that chapter and nothing else. In the opening chapter Isabel writes of finding her mother and of then getting her brother and sister off to school.