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Children's LiteratureEight-year-old Dorothy Day lived in Oakland, California, when the great San Francisco earthquake hit in 1906. As thousands of homeless poured into Oakland from across the bay, every Oakland family gladly did what they could to help their less fortunate neighbors. This spirit of generosity made a huge impression on Dorothy, one that stayed with her through the years, and would define her life's work. Growing up on the edge of poverty herself, Dorothy became a leader in the fight for human rights and dignity in our nation. Guided by a deep-rooted commitment to social justice, she dedicated her life to the service of others. She is best known as the founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, and for the establishment of "houses of hospitality," or as we call them today, homeless shelters and soup kitchens. Complete with black and white photographs of Dorothy and her contemporaries, this comprehensive biography tells her story of service to the poor without sugarcoating. Often drawing on Dorothy's own words from her autobiography, she is presented in her entirety, with no attempt to exclude the darker parts of her life, including decisions and actions she would come to regret later in life. Her out of wedlock cohabitation, abortion, short-lived marriage, affiliations with socialism and communism, and her imprisonments are all covered. By the end, readers will feel that they have met Dorothy personally rather than just in the pages of a book. 2004 (orig. 1996), Eerdmans Book for Young Readers, Ages 12 up.