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Shelter: Homelessness in Our Community (Orca Think #2)


Series
Orca Think

by
Lois Peterson
illustrated by
Taryn Gee

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Orca Book Publishers
Imprint
Orca
ISBN
9781459825536
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Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Reference or Discussion
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Part of the Orca Think series for middle-grade readers, this book answers the questions young people have about homelessness and its causes, effects, possible solutions and what we can all do help.

There are 150 million people experiencing homelessness worldwide, and that number is increasing every year. Homelessness is not a choice, yet it exists in almost every community. But why are people homeless? Who are they? What can you do? In Shelter: Homelessness in Our Community, readers will get answers to these complex questions. They’ll learn about the root causes of homelessness and its effects, and what people and organizations around the world are doing to address the problem. It shares the personal stories of people who live on the street and the adults and kids who work with them. As a former homeless-shelter worker, author Lois Peterson encourages young people to approach the issue with knowledge and compassion. She dispels some of the myths about homelessness and makes the case for why everyone deserves a safe, permanent place to call home.

Glossary. Suggested resources. Index. Full-color photographs and illustrations. 

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Reference or Discussion

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

120

Trim Size

9" x 7"

Dewey

362.5

AR

0: points 0

Lexile

1080L

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Feb 2022

Book Genres


Topics

Homelessness. Homeless people. Housing. Canada. United States. Social issues. Community. Poverty. 

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 4-8-Former homeless shelter director Peterson offers a well-rounded, empathetic overview of issues related to homelessness in North America. The majority of the book focuses on people who are unsheltered or in emergency shelters, although early chapters also define and describe being at risk of homelessness or provisionally accommodated. While the work considers experiences common among homeless people, such as trauma and discrimination, it avoids generalization, exploring instead the diverse reasons that people may become homeless, the experiences of high-risk groups (e.g., veterans, Indigenous peoples, LGBTQIA+ youth) and the varied pathways out of homelessness. It also presents a hopeful view of homelessness as an issue that many stakeholders-including non-profit organizations, volunteers, children, and homeless people themselves-are working hard to address. Systemic causes, such as the lack of affordable housing, low minimum wages, and housing discrimination are explored thoroughly in the book's second half. The layout is modern and visually appealing, with color photographs and illustrations; bright, bold headings; and sidebars on topics like common myths about homelessness and examples of ways that young people are helping in their communities. Unfamiliar terms are bolded in the text and defined in a glossary. Back matter offers recommended fiction and nonfiction titles as well as online resources. VERDICT An outstanding, sophisticated introduction to a complex topic, this book encourages readers to prioritize kindness towards and dignity for people experiencing homelessness. Recommended as a first purchase.-Elizabeth Giles

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 4-8-Former homeless shelter director Peterson offers a well-rounded, empathetic overview of issues related to homelessness in North America. The majority of the book focuses on people who are unsheltered or in emergency shelters, although early chapters also define and describe being at risk of homelessness or provisionally accommodated. While the work considers experiences common among homeless people, such as trauma and discrimination, it avoids generalization, exploring instead the diverse reasons that people may become homeless, the experiences of high-risk groups (e.g., veterans, Indigenous peoples, LGBTQIA+ youth) and the varied pathways out of homelessness. It also presents a hopeful view of homelessness as an issue that many stakeholders-including non-profit organizations, volunteers, children, and homeless people themselves-are working hard to address. Systemic causes, such as the lack of affordable housing, low minimum wages, and housing discrimination are explored thoroughly in the book's second half. The layout is modern and visually appealing, with color photographs and illustrations; bright, bold headings; and sidebars on topics like common myths about homelessness and examples of ways that young people are helping in their communities. Unfamiliar terms are bolded in the text and defined in a glossary. Back matter offers recommended fiction and nonfiction titles as well as online resources. VERDICT An outstanding, sophisticated introduction to a complex topic, this book encourages readers to prioritize kindness towards and dignity for people experiencing homelessness. Recommended as a first purchase.-Elizabeth Giles

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