Teens are always fascinated by the idea of running life on their own, free of parental interference. But what happens when reality sets in--when the laundry piles up, the sink overflows, you run out of money for food, and your little sister starts getting very sick? In A Door Near Here, winner of the annual Delacorte Prize for Best First Young Adult Novel, Heather Quarles shows readers that "no parents" is no fun. The mother of the four Donovan kids has taken to her bed and bottle, only stumbling out of her pigsty of a room occasionally in search of more vodka. Katharine, the eldest at 15, tries to keep her brother and sisters clean and fed and in classes, but things are slipping out of her control--especially when 8-year-old Alisa decides to run away from school in search of the kingdom of Narnia. Katharine can't turn to their cold and selfish father for help, so the four siblings cling to their secrets--terrified that an adult, seeing beneath the appearances they are desperately trying to uphold, will alert Social Services. When a kindly teacher begins to ask questions, Katharine panics and lashes out with an accusation that could well destroy this concerned man--only to be met with an act of breathtaking forgiveness. Both teens and adults will find the poignant resolution of this compelling novel utterly engrossing. (Ages 12 and older) --Patty Campbell --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
PW's starred review said, "A candid narrative voice joins with skillful pacing" for this story of 15-year-old Katherine, who tries to conceal her alcoholic mother's incapacity from authorities to prevent the family from being split up. Ages 12-up. (Jan.)
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This is an excellent book. It is meant for teenagers but can really be appreciated by adults of any age. It is particular recommended for fans of the Narnia series. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
A Door Near Here
By Heather Quarles
Four kids live with their single mother near Washington, DC. Read more
I read the 2000 release book A Door Near Here not long after my parents split up, which may have some slight impact on why it means so much to me. Read morePublished on January 20, 2011 by Laura R.
Things are going extremely badly in Katherine's life. It really all started back when she was five years old. Her brother Douglas was four and her sister Tracey was three. Read morePublished on June 4, 2007 by A. Luciano
Here is a story of what we would all like to hope is what every teenager's life is NOT like. Let us pray that teenagers (smoking ones, by the by) will not be forced to take control... Read morePublished on May 16, 2007 by Biblibio
This book is beautifully written with a heartwenching plot. The story pulls you in as Katherine (the oldest of four kids) struggles to keep the household working. Read morePublished on March 14, 2007 by Louie
Being the oldest daughter of a sudden alchoholic mother isn't all that easy. Katherine, being the oldest, struggles to keep her family of three other siblings together. Read morePublished on October 25, 2006
This book is about a girl who is only [...] & she's acting as the mother of the house. Her mom is an alcoholic, who hasen't gotten out of bed in months! Read morePublished on June 5, 2006
The book "A Door Near Here" was about a girl named Katherin and her 2 sisters and 1 brother. Their mother is an alcholic and does not take care of her children. Read morePublished on June 5, 2006