Synopses & Reviews
andlt;Bandgt;Her street name is Maybeandlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt; 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. andlt;BRandgt; With the frigid winds of January comes a new girl: Tears, a twelve-year-old whose mother doesn't believe her 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...andlt;Bandgt;if it's not already too late.andlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Todd Strasser, author of the powerful and disturbing andlt;Iandgt;Give a Boy a Gunandlt;/Iandgt;, 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.
"Strasser powerfully lays out the desperate realities of living on the street."
-- Denver Post
"Gritty and harsh..."
"After reading this book, you'll feel as if you spent a few hours in the shoes of a homeless kid."
"Strasser's vibrant prose plunges young reads into Maybe's hard life, all without the use of profanity. A very welcome addition to the slice-of-life genre in YA literature that may help to change some real lives."—Kirkus Reviews
"A powerful and disturbing look at the downward spiral of despair that remains too common for too many teens."—School Library Journal
"A true-to-life novel that should hold strong appeal for teen readers--and help keep them off the streets."—Bookpage
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.
About the Author
Todd Strasser has written many critically acclaimed novels for adults, teenagers, and children, including the award-winning andlt;iandgt;Canand#8217;t Get There from Hereandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Give a Boy a Gunandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Boot Campandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;If I Grow Upandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Famousandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;iandgt;How I Created My Perfect Prom Dateandlt;/iandgt;, which became the Fox feature film andlt;iandgt;Drive Me Crazyandlt;/iandgt;. Todd lives in a suburb of New York and speaks frequently at schools. Visit him at ToddStrasser.com.