The Knock - a Collection of Childhood Memories

This powerful and touching story provides a picture of family life when a parent is in the military. It’s a true story that gives children comfort in realizing they are not alone as they struggle with their emotions. Hopefully, the story will guide parents and children to talk openly about difficult situations. Every military family will feel a connection, and smile at the discovery that with discussion comes healing. It is all about the love that brings us together.
It’s hard not knowing if Dad or Mom is safe and coming home. Why did they have to fight those men in the war?
The Knock empowers those who are embracing deployment to understand those confusing reactions.
It supports feelings of compassion and love, and is a coping mechanism for kids and adults of any age.  
A short educational book for reluctant readers.  

Level 1 Reader for Ages 6-8

Level 2 Reader for Ages 9-12

The Knock empowers those who have to embrace the loneliness of military deployment.

“An inspirational memoir and a tribute to military families” — Katie Robinson, US Review of Books

The book is available as a Level 1 reader (for ages 6-8) or middle school reader Level 2 reader (for ages 9-12) and are written as a memoir describing a difficult time in the author’s life.

It was written to pay tribute to military families and to encourage open discussions within the family.

Grab your copy today. A great gift for military kids, memorial day, veterans day, or any day we want to understand what it is like to be separated from a loved one serving in the military.

The Knock 1 Title - 2 Levels - 12 Awards

“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

Reader Reviews

“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.

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.