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Title:
Homeless children
Author:
O'Connor, Karen, 1938-
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Publication Information:
San Diego, CA : Lucent Books, [1989]

©1989
Physical Description:
79 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Summary:
Discusses the causes and prevention of homelessness and what is being done to help solve this problem.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781560061090
Format :
Book

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Discusses the causes and prevention of homelessness and what is being done to help solve this problem.


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Booklist Review

Gr. 6-8. Increased homelessness promises to be a nagging problem of the nineties, and there are few books for children on the subject. This short, six-chapter book focuses on the causes and experiences of homeless children. It contends that the vicious cycle of poverty, fueled by cutbacks in federal funds in welfare and housing as well as increasing unemployment and a low minimum wage, exacerbate the problem. (Published before the passage of the new minimum wage law, the book is already out of date.) Runaways, sometimes as young as nine and often abused, turn to drugs and sex just to get a meal. The education of these youngsters is often interrupted or nonexistent. The special schooling facilities for homeless children available in Salt Lake City and in San Diego's Summit Schools are shining stars in an otherwise dark and cold night. Although statistics change continually and some of the percentages are poorly presented in this book, candid comments from homeless children and haunting black-and-white photos portray a slice of life that will convince readers of the timeliness and complexity of this issue. This volume appeals to the individual to become informed and collect canned goods, clothing, and toys for shelters. Bibliography, lists of names, and addresses of organizations and newsletters appended. --Deborah Abbott