A Door Near Here

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Thorndike Press, Oct 1, 2000 - Juvenile Fiction - 315 pages
28 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  - TheLibraryOfSarah - Goodreads

Very good! I love how the character kept notebooks, I love when characters write. It was so interesting seeing how each sister mentally survived and how they made it from one day to the next. Read full review

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User Review  - Tara Hale - Goodreads

This book really hits home, I grew up with an alcoholic mother and had many of the same struggles. It's the first book I have ever read that stuck with me. I'll always remember it. 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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