Misplaced: New York City's Street Kids

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For more than four years, journalist Alexia Lewnes reported on the daily lives of five homeless young people in New York City, meeting them day and night on street corners and subways, in parks, hospitals, and jail cells. These kids get pneumonia, overdose on heroin, are arrested, get beaten up, and are chased by people they owe money to. Some trade sex for food, drugs, shelter, companionship. In Misplaced, kids who are growing up as outcasts, speak honestly about their lives, their love for parents who beat them, their desire for relationships to ease their loneliness, their dreams of living in a house and having a dog, their fear of dying alone. Lewnes incorporates the perspectives of family members, social service providers, and friends to show how these kids' lives spiraled out of control. We are reminded that these kids don't suddenly grow up into responsible adults. What happens to them affects us all.

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ALEXIA LEWNES developed an interest in children's issues while working as a reporter in Cairo, Egypt, in the early 1990's. Since then, she has worked as a writer and editor for the United Nations Children's Fund and as a freelancer for magazines. Lewnes has written stories ranging from the impact of privatization on Egyptian women and children, to helplessness in New York City, to the child rights movement in Brazil. A graduate of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, she has spoken at international conferences and at journalism schools on media ethics and the reporting of child and adolescent issues. In 1997, she was awarded a Prudential Fellowship for Children and the News. She lives in New York City.

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Lewnes sugarcoats nothing... [Misplaced] is a valuable chronicle of the gritty reality of life on the street, a contribution toward a deeper understanding of these young people and hopefully a strong motivator for those who will have an opportunity to be a positive force for change in troubled lives like these. --Youth Today, Review of Books, Fall 2002.

... Freelance journalist Lewnes supplies a heart-wrenching portrait of five of them: a young couple feeding their heroine habit on the Lower East Side; a transgendered foster kid who pays the brutal price for refusing to act straight and a pair of young men scraping by at the Port Authority. The book's considerable power is in its detail, a relentless immersion in the lives of street kids and the often heartless bureaucracies and nonprofits that fail them. --City Limits - New York's Urban Affairs News Magazine, June 2002

... Lewnes' compassionate storytelling will stop you in your tracks. Only with Lewnes' book, you won't want to walk away. --Washington City Paper, July 16, 2002

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