Lives Turned Upside Down: Homeless Children in Their Own Words and Photographs

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Four children tell, through their own photos and heartfelt narration, what it's like to be homeless. Jim Hubbard, founder of Shooting Back, an education and media center that enables homeless children to learn photographic skills and document their world, chose children from various parts of the country with differing views of what it means to be homeless. The resulting photo essay provides an emotionally powerful, personal view of an issue that affects us all. 39 ...
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Four children tell, through their own photos and heartfelt narration, what it's like to be homeless. Jim Hubbard, founder of Shooting Back, an education and media center that enables homeless children to learn photographic skills and document their world, chose children from various parts of the country with differing views of what it means to be homeless. The resulting photo essay provides an emotionally powerful, personal view of an issue that affects us all. 39 black-and-white photos.

Two girls and two boys, ages nine to twelve, talk about their own personal experiences with homelessness and life in shelters.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
Using many striking black and white photos and their own, first person texts, four kids ranging in age from 9 to 12 show and tell us how it feels to be homeless, with its accompanying problems of poverty, rootlessness and insecurity. While three of the kids live in a shelter now and one lives in his own home, (but without electricity), all have experienced what it's like to move around a lot and to have to live in one's car or in parks. This worthwhile book is the result of The Shooting Back Project, an effort by the author-photographer to bring something positive to the lives of these homeless children by giving them cameras and teaching them to document their way of life through photos and narrative. Information on the project and about other resources for the homeless is included at the end of the book.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-As part of a project in which homeless children are given cameras and taught photography, four young people document their lives through their images and interviews with the author. The two girls live at a church mission in Santa Monica, California; one of the boys is still on the move, while the other's family currently lives in a house, but does not have enough money for electricity. What the four have in common is a poignant vision of the American dream-a house they can call a home, surrounded by a fence, with a playful dog in the yard. While their black-and-white photos are not of a professional caliber, they do capture the ambiance of their neighborhoods and living conditions. There are no statistics here, just youthful perspectives and observations. Because their insights are not overly brutal, this volume may be an appropriate introduction to the topic of homelessness. Pair this volume with Eve Bunting's Fly Away Home (Clarion, 1991) for an introduction to an increasingly pervasive topic.-Rosie Peasley, Empire Union School District, Modesto, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416968382
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 11/28/2007
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 1,493,478
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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