Gail Stewart The Homeless (Other America)

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The Homeless (Other America)

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9781560063315: The Homeless (Other America)

Presents first-person accounts of individuals and families who are living as homeless persons in America's cities.

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Gr 6 Up--In these series entries, Stewart allows her subjects to speak for themselves. In Teen Mothers, she also reveals that many teens who become pregnant have suffered from sexual abuse in the past and are part of a cycle of dysfunction. Each of the four young woman interviewed expressed varying degrees of dissatisfaction with her premature motherhood: the complications of continuing her education, her lack of normal teen social life, increased disruption in her family life, and despair for the future. Worse, in some cases, was a lack of love and bonding with the newborn or resentment of its presence. So powerful are these stories that it is hard to imagine any YA taking teen motherhood lightly. In The Homeless, the author's interviews present a cross section of people for whom illness, substance abuse, family instability, teenage pregnancy, political exile, and just plain bad luck account for their situations. In each title, the author provides enough history and background information to set the stage for the interviews. This case-study approach is effective and makes for compelling, if at times rather grim reading. Black-and-white photos lend a personal tone to the narratives.

Sylvia V. Meisner, Allen Middle School, Greensboro, NC

Copyright 1996 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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