Numerous interviews with teenage runaways inform a close-up look at the plight of the more than one million youngsters under eighteen living on the streets of America, accompanied by tips on help available, minors' legal rights, AIDS awareness, and coping strategies.
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Grade 7-9-- Switzer's book has a slightly different focus than other titles about homelessness because it is a plea for teens considering living ``anyplace but here'' to reconsider. A combination of anecdotal stories, personal experiences, facts, laws pertaining to minors, and a few statistics make for a highly readable yet informative treatment. The author bases her data on over two years of research, primarily with homeless teens whom she was able to convince to talk with her about their plight. Through her book, she tries to offer alternatives that will allow them to remain at home, or at least close to home, whatever their problems. She deals with many myths commonly held by teenagers in an effort to prepare them for, and dissuade them from, a life on the streets. This book, along with Stavsky's The Place I Call Home (Shapolsky, 1990), designed for a slightly older audience, should be available in all libraries that serve young adults. --Rosie Peasley, Empire Union School District, Modesto, CA
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Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing. Library Binding. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Cover Missing. Very good condition book with only light signs of previous use. Bookseller Inventory # G0689316941I4N01
Book Description Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 1992. Book Condition: Fair. This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside.This book has hardback covers. In fair condition, suitable as a study copy. Bookseller Inventory # 3407445
Book Description Atheneum, 1992. Library Binding. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0689316941