“The Way a Door Closes” by Hope Anita Smith

Interest Level: Grade 3 – Grade 7    

Grade Level Equivalent: 4.0


Poetry and Rhymes

Verse Novels


African American


Feelings and Emotions

Understanding Self and Others

Summary: “The Way a Door Closes” is a book of poems that tell a story about a family in which a father suddenly leaves. C.J., a 13 year old boy and the rest of his family deal with grief and new reality the best they can. The poems are beautifully written with outpour of emotion on every page. This collection of poems had deservingly received Coretta Scott King Award in 2004.


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