The best books on homeless youth and the challenges they face

Barbara Haworth-Attard Author Of Theories of Relativity
By Barbara Haworth-Attard

The Books I Picked & Why

Street Kids: The Tragedy of Canada's Runaways

By Marlene Webber

Book cover of Street Kids: The Tragedy of Canada's Runaways

Why this book?

Amazing non-fiction book featuring the real-life voices of homeless youth and the horrors they face from sexual exploitation to drug use, violence, and more.

I used this book for research for Theories. The stories from these kids broke my heart and made me determined to show the need for more resources for homeless youth. Leaves nothing to the imagination.


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Adam and Eve and Pinch-Me

By Julie Johnston

Book cover of Adam and Eve and Pinch-Me

Why this book?

A fictional story of Sara who is placed in foster home after foster home until she ends up with a farm family, The Huddlestons. I could feel Sara’s pain as she is rejected time after time, and feels she belongs nowhere and has no one to care for her. But I believe in hope and will not ever leave a book I have written without hope and this book did that for me. It is a touching novel of love and the meaning of family. 


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Anne of Green Gables

By L.M. Montgomery

Book cover of Anne of Green Gables

Why this book?

This book has been acclaimed worldwide. Written in 1908, an orphan girl, Anne is mistakenly sent to live with the Cuthberts in PEI. I have loved this story since I first read it when I was ten years old. It is still applicable today. What really touched me is how Anne did not let circumstances tear her down and once again, it is filled with hope. I really like that she brought the understanding of family to Matthew and Marilla.


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Good for Nothing

By Michel Noel

Book cover of Good for Nothing

Why this book?

In 1959, orphaned, fifteen-year-old Nipishish, a Metis, is kicked out of a residential school and returned to his reserve in northern Quebec. But there is nothing there for him but trouble and hopelessness. He is sent to a nearby town, billeted with a white family to attend high school. That doesn’t work out well either. This is an inspiring story bringing to light native issues and once again, showing how resilience and courage can overcome prejudice and hopelessness.


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Where the Crawdads Sing

By Delia Owens

Book cover of Where the Crawdads Sing

Why this book?

This book is beautifully written with exquisite language bringing to life a lush marshland near Barkley Cove, NC, where Kya lives alone. Abandoned by her family, and the town, who call her Marsh Girl, she lives alone in a shack. She attended school for one day, but received such abuse from the other students and teachers, she never went back. This is a brilliant story about being alone and surviving, and seeing the value in self. 


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