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Do you know a child who has been separated from a parent? I know how that feels. I’ve been there and I wrote this story for that young person. This personal account will help that child and that family talk about this difficult issue.

The Knock: A Collection of Childhood Memories

Coping With Departures And Absences

Through her book, The Knock, author Carolyn Watkins opens up the discussion of departures and absences with sensitivity and compassion. In relating her own story of separation from her father during his military service, Watkins encourages the reader, young and old, to share their own feelings of fear and loss, hope and love. In a world were stoicism and enduring is often applauded, The Knock offers readers tools and ways in which to articulate their own story. ~ SusanR

Reader Reviews

“Carolyn has written a touching story about the tender ties between parent and child, and the feelings of love and loss brought on by long military separations.” —Grace Lessner, New Hampshire editor

“The Knock is an honest reflection of the realities most military families must work through. Although the setting takes place over 50 years ago, the raw feelings can be understood by every little girl or boy who has ever had a military parent leave home. Military service is a sacrifice felt by entire families, not just individuals. The Knock connects children of every age and background around the world who remains at home and waits for their parents’ return from fulfilling their military service.” —Michelle B. Mastrobattista, Captain, US Army

“This is a caring and sensitive story which describes, in heartfelt detail, what it’s like for a young girl when her dad is deployed to a faraway place on active military duty. Day-to-day family coping skills, the strength of supportive relatives, and the worries about her seriously wounded father after his return home are all voiced by a child who lived this scenario. The story’s positive outcome will bring comfort to children in similar circumstances. Highly recommended for parents and children to read together, The Knock will surely stimulate some constructive and helpful family conversations.” —Cathleen C. Beaudoin, Library Director, Dover Public Library

Author Helping Children Cope


The Knock is an autobiographical reflection of a military family learning to cope with the stress of a long deployment and its eventual consequences.3

Tell us Your Story

I encourage you to write your own story, as I did, so you can get through lonely times. Please share your story here, and tell me what you think about mine

A review from Ryleigh, age 9:

“Thanks for the book. I really like it, it makes me feel special inside because my other dad is on a boat serving the country. Oh, and thanks for the book I LOVE IT SO MUCH!

Love, Ryleigh

PS: And if you make a unicorn book please send me one!”