No Place to Be: Voices of Homeless Children

No Place to Be: Voices of Homeless Children

by Judith Berck
     
 


The stories and poems of actual homeless children--including fourteen-year-old Kareem, who lives in a city shelter -- depict the reality of homelessness in America, illustrating what it means to be deprived of the things most people take for granted.See more details below

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The stories and poems of actual homeless children--including fourteen-year-old Kareem, who lives in a city shelter -- depict the reality of homelessness in America, illustrating what it means to be deprived of the things most people take for granted.

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"With meticulous notes and an impressive bibliography of adult materials, this ground-breaking book may encourage other more fortunate children to contemplate their role in a society that has failed to provide for so many of its children." Horn Book

"With meticulous notes and an impressive bibliography of adult materials, this ground-breaking book may encourage other more fortunate children to contemplate their role in a society that has failed to provide for so many of its children." Horn Book Guide

School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up-- The foreword of this volume puts forth a strong indictment of the society that allows so many of its youngsters to be without a secure place to call home. The body of the book further develops this theme. Over 30 homeless children in New York City, ages 9 to 18, were interviewed; their comments are interspersed with a third-person narrative into which Berck has incorporated quite a few facts and figures. Citations are in the back notes; sources are primarily from the late 1980s, but include some as recent as 1991, making this useful for reports. The chapters deal with why and how children become homeless, the three major types of temporary housing , stress, and the impact of homelessness on children's education and self-identity. The simplicity of the writing style makes this accessible to the intermediate grades; however, many difficult terms are used without definition (consumer price index, evicted, bureaucratic, etc.). While some of the black-and-white photographs are clear, others are so small or so poorly reproduced that the impact is lost. Almost all of them feature black children. Berck's approach is one-sided in that she never blames the adults responsible for these children; government and society are the sole culprits. Readers will close the book with fear, revulsion, and perhaps guilt, as they consider the degradation, discomfort, shame, and danger that is part of these young Americans' lives. --Rosie Peasley, Empire Union School District, Modesto, CA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395533505
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/28/1992
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.16(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile:
940L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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