A Knock on the Door by Amy Boaz

Heartbreaking, sad funny literary work about a sister-brother team living in Ohio searching for their lost father, who has disappeared during the Iraq War.

"Tremendous--a village here"--Hillary Clinton

  • Classification: Universal
  • Work is: Extract only on Authonomy
  • First submitted Nov. 29, 2012
  • Last updated Nov. 29, 2012
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  • Michelle Richardson's avatar
    Michelle Richardson wrote 2 years, 2 months ago

    Amy, my favourite books to read are those written for children that are equally enjoyable to adults, as they draw our own childhood emotions to the surface - A knock on the door did this and I would highly recommend it.
    Highly starred and I will continue to read.
    Michelle - 43 Primrose Avenue

  • Alice Barron's avatar
    Alice Barron wrote 2 years, 2 months ago
    Terrific. Now I understand why your book was chosen for "One To Watch On Wednesday". It's a good read and it's easy to identify with the characters. I imagine everyone has or had a teacher like Ms Greastrakes at some stage or another. A knock on the door is a very apt name for your book. With their father missing in action I'm sure the family live in trepetation of the dreaded knock on the door. Dad played with them ...
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    woolfoot [Retired] wrote 2 years, 2 months ago
    OK, Amy. Back having read through these first three chapters. So much that is specific to love - the phantom limb game, Edna the Tall, an amiable zodiac sign. Like the leaves on a colorful tree here at the beginning edge of a rather amazing forest. Pulling back from the leaves to the tree, the characterizations are really wonderful. Some will say your 11-year-old is too wise and knowing but you have given us enough of the backstory (near genius ...
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    Seringapatam wrote 2 years, 2 months ago
    Amy, I wouldnt normally stop and read something like this but I found it to be very enjoyable and I am glad that I did. There is a market for this kind of book within this genre and I think you would be a really good possibility of filling that hole. Brilliant voice here and such a nice flowing style to it. Great use of your characters in that you use them to set and maintain the pace of your ...
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  • Janet S. Colley's avatar
    Janet S. Colley wrote 2 years, 2 months ago
    Amy, After coming back and reading this a few more times, I thought I'd add a more lengthy comment. I don’t know if you’re still interesting in feedback from Authonomy, but I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed reading these three chapters. I hope you come back and add more. It is a compelling story with an interesting narrator. Because one purpose of this site is for feedback, I thought I’d leave an example of how the first ...
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    Janet S. Colley wrote 2 years, 3 months ago

    I don't see this as a children's book at all, but more of a fictional memoir. I love the voice.

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    melohd wrote 2 years, 5 months ago
    Hi, I write children's fiction too, and this is a great work for children of another time and another place. I say this because children of yesteryear had greater attention spans and a higher tolerance for highly intelligent and witty writing (which this is). Today's children do not (at least here in America). My own children would not like this because of the above two reasons, although I like it very much. Children of 6th grade and below need more ...
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  • amyboaz's avatar
    amyboaz Author wrote 2 years, 5 months ago

    super bon!