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In a fascinating departure from her usual folksy Southern fiction, award-winning author Kimberly Willis Holt transports her readers to the island of present-day Guam, where thirteen-year-old Isabel’s family is broken by her mother’s suicide. Numbed by her mother‘s death, Isabel grimly plods through each day, while scribbling in her ever-present notebook. But existence on the colorful, richly cultured island hasn’t ended, and life keeps interrupting Isabel’s sorrow. Her best friend Terecita needs help in becoming the best female cock-fighter on Guam, her father’s fishing assistant, Roman, appears to be flirting with her, and Auntie Bernadette, the local healer, keeps trying to school her in the art of herbs. Meanwhile, Isabel is disturbed by the fact that her father has practically stopped speaking, and her brother Frank is beginning to cut himself when he thinks no one is looking. But Isabel sees, and her heart is hardened: "I may look like my mother, but I’m not like her...I’m not like my mother at all. I am here." Isabel’s challenge will be to learn how to heal, and with the help of her vibrant community, she will. Holt is a masterful plotter--each strand of Isabel’s story comes together beautifully. But that doesn’t mean Holt sacrifices description or character for storyline. Every nuance of the Guam landscape and culture is seen and heard, from the quirky native "eyebrow language," to the illegal thrill of cock fighting. An original and intriguing novel that will send students searching for Guam in the nearest atlas. (Ages 12 to 18) --Jennifer Hubert

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Grade 5-8-Since her mother's suicide, 13-year-old Isabel Moreno cleans up after her 7-year-old sister and watches and worries about her 12-year-old brother, who spends his nights carving "I hate you" on his bedroom wall. Their fisherman father spends long hours on his boat and has no time for his family. Now, Isabel feels as if she can't remember her mother. No one at her Catholic school or in her small Guam village mentions her name except her Aunt Bernadette, who tries to interest her niece in entering the fiesta-queen contest that her mother won two years in a row. Her brother's collapse, on the day of the fiesta, finally drives the family to get the help they need to work their way out of their grief. Isabel, an aspiring writer, tells her story in short chapters, as if they were entries in a journal. She comes through as a thoroughly believable eighth grader, still in need of support from friends and family, but becoming aware of her distinctive interests and talents as well. A broad range of friends and family is equally believable and sympathetically portrayed. Readers are drawn into Isabel's world and her determination to keep on going in the face of her overwhelming loss and responsibilities. They will welcome the way the adults in her world finally intervene, allowing her to return to middle-school concerns. A beautifully written description of sorrow and recovery that should appeal to a wide audience.
Kathleen Isaacs, Edmund Burke School, Washington, DC
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1st edition (May 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805063617
  • ASIN: B005OL915K
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,590,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm a Navy brat that lived all over the world including Guam, Paris and the New Orleans Westbank. Even though we moved a lot, my emotional home was always Forest Hill, Louisiana, a little town in the piney-woods where my grandparents lived. I married a Texan and have lived in Texas most of my adult life. Both states feel like home now. I like to say that Louisiana gave me roots and Texas gave me branches.

I started writing on yellow legal pads and didn't own a computer until after I'd been writing a year. Maybe that's why I still write my first drafts by hand.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Johannes on October 17, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Isabel was the first to come upon her mother's lifeless body and the empty bottle of sleeping pills. Since that day, Isabel's dad-her Tata-is emotionally haunted by the ghost of his dead wife to the point where he can no longer function as parent to his three young children, choosing instead to spend long hours our on his fishing boat.
Isabel's brother, Frank, has chosen to deal with his sorrow and anger through self-mutilation; and Isabel's little sister, Olivia, is now wetting her bed at night and waking up with nightmares.
Though she needs time to heal and find herself within the remains of her life, Isabel has discovered that her new role in life is of caretaker of the family. To make matters worse, a new American girl has arrived in Guam and threatens to take apart the comfort of Isabel's high school world, her native culture, and her traditional lifestyle-the last things that she felt she had ownership of.
The beauty of this book shows in the easy flow of the words, in the detailed descriptions of the island of Guam, and in the souls of the characters; yet it is unmistakable anguish seen in the pain of the children that stays with you long after the book has ended. The dialogue is honest, so honest that it almost feels as though the reader is invading the privacy of Isabel and her father-a father who still sleeps on the floor of his bedroom, comforted each night by the blanket his daughter lays over him once he has fallen to sleep.
There is nothing assuming or ridiculous about Isabel's thoughts on life, friends, or her mother's death. In fact, her feelings about her friendships leave the reader both annoyed with her childish ways and reminiscent of similar patterns from youth.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Library Lady on May 5, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I was prepared for another depressing teen angst tale, but instead found myself deeply touched by this book. It is both a wonderful coming of age tale and the story of a family overcoming tragedy and learning to face grief. It is also a fascinating window into the culture of Guam.
Few Americans will be familiar with many aspects of the daily lives of Isobel, her family and her neighbors, but there is a universal experience here for any reader.
Beautifully written in a style reminiscent of Karen Hesse's Into the Dust--not poetry, but yet with a wonderful internal rhythm of its own-- readers who pick up this book are in for a treat. This is young adult fiction as it was meant to be.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cameron M on August 18, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Although this book is made up of incredibly short chapters and very simple sentences, it has an almost poetic flow that is hard to describe. I'd want to call this book "beautiful".
Since her mother's suicide, Isabel has been in charge of the household and taking care of her siblings. Her father has withdrawn into himself, and her younger brother has found his own way of coping (with self mutilation). Meanwhile, she's making friends with precocious Mary Kelly, being pressured by her aunt to embrace her heritage by making the traditional recipe of Golai Hagun Sune, and another friend - Graziella - is preparing for a cockfight and beauty pageant!
The richly described setting is one of the best elements of the story - you feel like you're there, and the author gets completely inside the minds of all the characters and locals of the Pacific island. Come along for Isabel's journey of healing and acceptance, a fascinating glimpse of Guam and a heartwarming story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "muffy5960" on April 25, 2003
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Keeper of the Night by Kimberly Willis Holt is wonderful. Although this book is written differently than Holt's usual style, it works well. The book deals with a serious subject - suicide - but is neither too depressing or too happy. I also appreciate that at the end, the family is recovering, but not quite there yet. It shows how real life is - always a work in progress.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L on June 19, 2003
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You will not be disappointed by Keeper of the Night. The style is a bit different from Louisiana Sky and Zachary Beaver, but it is still poetic. It reminded me of A Step from Heaven, short vignette's from a young girl's view. The Guam setting makes for a perfect summer novel. Teen girls will especially enjoy this gem.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 15, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After reading the book Keeper of the Night by Kimberly Willis Holt, I thought it was the best book ever! This book is about a girl named Isabel who is 13 years old and has a little sister named Olivia, a little brother named Frank, and a dad that she calls Tata. This book is all about how Isabel struggles to protect her family after her mother's suicide. The theme of this book is very sad but it is also very beautiful because it shows how a young women uses her own love to protect her family. I loved how in this book it tells the different ways Isabel act like a mother. Kimberly Willis Holt wrote many books that you might recognize such as My Luisiana Sky and When Zachary Beaver Comes to Town. She writes many heart warming stories. Keeper of the Night is directed mostly towards young women who enjoy an interesting, heartwarming,and serious novel. So if you are interested in this type of reading, Keeper of the Night is an excellent choice for you. It also was awarded the National book award, and award winning author.
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