A Door Near Here

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Thorndike Press, Oct 1, 2000 - Juvenile Fiction - 315 pages
4 Reviews
Delacorte Press Prize

After Katherine Donovan's alcoholic, divorced mother is fired from her job and takes to her room for weeks, Katherine is left with sole responsibility for her three younger siblings. Determined to keep her family together, Katherine decides not to tell anyone primarily because Alisa, the youngest child, does not have the same father that the older children have and Katherine fears she would be sent to a foster home. Food runs low, money disappears quickly, and Alisa is sent home from third grade because she wanders off in search of Narnia where she knows she'll find help for her mother. A teacher eventually discovers Katherine's situation and arranges to send all the children to the older childrens' father.

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User Review  - mrsdwilliams - LibraryThing

When her mother, lost in an alcoholic stupor, gives up caring for herself and her family, the burden falls on fifteen year old Katharine. Katharine tries to care for her younger siblings, but the ... Read full review

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User Review  - andreapx2014 - LibraryThing

This book is probably one of the best teenage novels that I have read. You can feel that the author is writing from her heart. The story is mostly gloomy, but it's fascinating. I recommend this book to anyone who likes teenage novels that are closer to reality. (: Read full review


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Quarles received her B.A. from Gordon College, and her M.F.A. from Emerson.

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