A Door Near Here
By Heather Quarles
(Laurel Leaf, Mass Market Paperback, 9780440227618, 240pp.)
Publication Date: January 11, 2000
Other Editions of This Title: Prebound
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Without even noticing, 15-year-old Katherine has become the head of her household. She hasn't had time to notice. Her single mother, an out-of-work alcoholic, has been in bed for weeks, leaving Katherine and her three younger siblings to band together and fend for themselves. But it has gotten harder and harder to maintain any sort of stability. There's no time for housework, food and money are running out, and the kids' teachers are starting to get suspicious. Worst of all, Katherine's youngest sister, Alisa, seems to be losing her grip on reality; she is obsessed with finding a door to the imaginary land of Narnia. And the longer they all struggle to maintain their pretense of normality, the more they have to fear--and to lose.
Heather Quarles received her M.F.A. from Emerson College. A Door Near Here was her master's thesis.
"Sad, powerful, and compelling."
--VOYA, starred review
"This story of siblings trying their best to survive without a functioning parent [will] pull in almost every YA reader. . . . Memorable."
--KLIATT, starred review
"A painful, authentic story."
"Katherine's hard-edged and driven narration will draw teens."