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Teens & Homelessness

Fiction

Anonymous
Go Ask Alice
A fifteen-year-old drug user chronicles her daily struggle with drug addiction.
 
Blank, Jessica
Almost Home
After years of being shuffled from town to town by her divorced parents, twelve-year-old Leah finds it difficult to adjust.
 
Booth, Coe
Tyrell
Tyrell, who is living in a Bronx homeless she with his mother and younger brother, tries to avoid ending up in jail like his father.
 
Flake, Sharon G.
Money Hungry
All thirteen-year-old Rasberry can think of is making money so that she and her mother don't have to live on the streets again.
 
Hyde, Catherine Ryan
Becoming Chloe
A gay teenage boy and a fragile teenage girl meet while living on the streets of New York City.
 
Rapp, Adam
33 Snowfish
A homeless boy, running from the police gets a chance to make life better for himself.
 
Walters, Eric
Sketches
After running away from home, fifteen-year-old Dana finds friends on the Toronto streets, and eventually, a way to come to terms with what happened her.
 

Nonfiction

Erlbaum, Janice
Girlbomb: A Halfway Homeless Memoir
This is a raw, true story of a 15 year-old girl who runs away from home to escape violence, only to be confronted with it again on the streets and in shelters.
 
Kicked Out
Sassafras Lowrey, editor
HQ76.27.Y68 K53 2010x
A disproportionately large number of homeless youth identify as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, or queer. In this anthology many of those teens tell their story.
 
S. Tina
Living at the Edge of the World: A Teenager's Survival in the Grand Central Tunnels
HV4506.N7 S18 2000
An honest and gripping memoir about a girl living homeless with a group of teenagers in New York City.
 
Flowers, R. Barri
Street Kids: The Lives of Runaway and Thrownaway Teens
HV875.55 .F53 2010
Children who have been kicked out or forced into running away due to abuse or neglect make up a large portion of the homeless population. Once on the street, they often fall victim to more abuse or sexual exploitation. This book examines some of the laws and programs that aim to prevent further mistreatment of these teens.
 

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