emmejo, January 23, 2010 (view all comments by emmejo)
Maybe has lived on the street for a long time. She and a group of her friends live a day-to-day life; they worry about where to get the next meal from, how to get medicine when they are sick and whether they are going to freeze to death without warm clothes. But when they find a 12 year old girl called Tears, Maybe starts to wonder if maybe they can get off the streets, without giving up their rights to individuality and freedom.
This story is well written, as you read it you find the characters matter to you deeply and when they get hurt, even die from the harsh conditions it will make you sad. When there is some small victory, a meal given kindly, a person you thought gone who turns out to be safe, you will smile. Reading this book is hard at times, because it seems so wrong that these kids and young adults have to live in these harsh conditions. Although I have never been homeless I can well imagine that the events in this book are very true.
afsocsargesgirl, June 19, 2009 (view all comments by afsocsargesgirl)
I taught this book with my ninth grade students and THEY LOVED IT! I couldn't go anywhere in the school without a student stopping me to talk about the book! This book is FANTASTIC! Students will be engaged and will actually do the assigned reading!
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Simon Pulse -
by Denver Post,
"Strasser powerfully lays out the desperate realities of living on the street."
"Gritty and harsh..."
"After reading this book, you'll feel as if you spent a few hours in the shoes of a homeless kid."
The author of the powerful Give a Boy a Gun again focuses on an important social issue as he tells a thought-provoking, heart-wrenching story of young lives lost to the streets, and of a society that has forgotten how to care.
Her street name is Maybe. She lives with a tribe of homeless teens — runaways and throwaways, kids who have no place to go other than the cold city streets, and no family except for one another. Abused, abandoned, and forgotten, they struggle against the cold, hunger, and constant danger.
With the frigid winds of January comes a new girl: Tears, a twelve-year-old whose mother doesn't believe Tears's stepfather abuses her. As the other kids start to disappear — victims of violence, addiction, and exposure — Maybe tries to help Tears get off the streets...if it's not already too late.
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