Best Teen & Young Adult Homelessness & Poverty Issues Books

Here you will get Best Teen & Young Adult Homelessness & Poverty Issues Books For you.This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.

1. I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives

Author: by Martin Ganda
416 pages

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The New York Times bestselling true story of an all-American girl and a boy from Zimbabwe and the letter that changed both of their lives forever. It started as an assignment. Everyone in Caitlin’s class wrote to an unknown student somewhere in a distant place.

Martin was lucky to even receive a pen-pal letter. There were only ten letters, and fifty kids in his class. But he was the top student, so he got the first one. That letter was the beginning of a correspondence that spanned six years and changed two lives.

In this compelling dual memoir, Caitlin and Martin recount how they became best friendsand better peoplethrough their long-distance exchange. Their story will inspire you to look beyond your own life and wonder about the world at large and your place in it.

2. Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea

Author: by Sungju Lee
Amulet Paperbacks
344 pages

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Every Falling Star, the first book to portray contemporary North Korea to a young audience, is the intense memoir of a North Korean boy named Sungju who was forced at age twelve to live on the streets and fend for himself.

To survive, Sungju creates a gang and lives by thieving, fighting, begging, and stealing rides on cargo trains. Sungju richly recreates his scabrous story, depicting what it was like for a boy alone to create a new family with his gang, his brothers, to daily be hungry and to fear arrest, imprisonment, and even execution.

This riveting memoir allows young readers to learn about other cultures where freedoms they take for granted do not exist.

3. Three Little Words: A Memoir

Author: by Ashley Rhodes-Courter
336 pages

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An inspiring true story of the tumultuous nine years Ashley Rhodes-Courter spent in the foster care system, and how she triumphed over painful memories and real-life horrors to ultimately find her own voice.”Sunshine, you’re my baby and I’m your only mother.

You must mind the one taking care of you, but she’s not your mama.” Ashley Rhodes-Courter spent nine years of her life in fourteen different foster homes, living by those words. As her mother spirals out of control, Ashley is left clinging to an unpredictable, dissolving relationship, all the while getting pulled deeper and deeper into the foster care system.

Painful memories of being taken away from her home quickly become consumed by real-life horrors, where Ashley is juggled between caseworkers, shuffled from school to school, and forced to endure manipulative, humiliating treatment from a very abusive foster family. In this inspiring, unforgettable memoir, Ashley finds the courage to succeed – and in doing so, discovers the power of her own voice.

4. Street Life: Poverty, Gangs, and a Ph.D.

Author: by Victor M. Rios
126 pages

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Victor Rios grew up in Oakland, California in a single parent household, in poverty and on welfare. He joined a gang at the age of thirteen and by age sixteen he had dropped out of school and had been incarcerated several times.

Having witnessed the tragic murder of his best friend by gang rivals, Victor hit a critical juncture in life at which point he made the decision to transform. With the support of educators and mentors, Victor redirected his attitude towards life, and returned to school to eventually acquire a Ph.D.

From the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Rios uses his personal story, and 10 years of research experience, to discuss how personal and institutional “illusions” contribute to academic failure. He speaks about how society gives young people little choice but to use their “attitude” to solve their problems and how this strategy often leads to detrimental consequences.

He discusses practical pathways to transformation relevant to the lives of students. Dr. Rios speaks about his own personal transformation by taking advantage of the support that teachers and programs provided him and discusses how these efforts can be replicated.

5. Reaching Out

Author: by Francisco Jiménez
208 pages

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From the perspective of the young adult he was then, Francisco Jimnez describes the challenges he faced in his efforts to continue his education. During his college years, the very family solidarity that allowed Francisco to survive as a child is tested.

Not only must he leave his family behind when he goes to Santa Clara University, but while Francisco is there, his father abandons the family and returns to Mexico. This is the story of how Francisco coped with poverty, with his guilt over leaving his family financially strapped, with his self-doubt about succeeding academically, and with separation.

Once again his telling is honest, true, and inspiring.

6. Free Lunch

Author: by Rex Ogle

5 hours and 52 minutes

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A distinctive new voice: Rex Ogle’s story of starting middle school on the free lunch program is timely, heartbreaking, and true. Free Lunch is the story of Rex Ogle’s first semester in sixth grade. Rex and his baby brother often went hungry, wore secondhand clothes, and were short of school supplies, and Rex was on his school’s free lunch program.

Grounded in the immediacy of physical hunger and the humiliation of having to announce it every day in the school lunch line, Rex’s is a compelling story of a more profound hunger – that of a child for his parents’ love and care.

Compulsively listenable, beautifully crafted, and authentically told with the voice and point of view of a sixth-grade kid, Free Lunch is a remarkable debut by a gifted storyteller.

7. Homeless by Choice: A Memoir of Love, Hate, and Forgiveness

Author: by Roy Juarez Jr.
230 pages

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At the age of 14 years old, Roy found himself homeless due to domestic violence. He moved from house to house to survive. With only a duffle bag to call home, he was at the mercy of the streets. After navigating his way to college, Roy swore to never return to that life again.

However, one dream would change it all. This riveting memoir journeys through Roy’s decision to live homeless once again, but this time, Homeless by Choice, with a mission to inspire youth to never give up on life, their dreams and understand the power of higher education.

This journey would lead him to uncover the hidden issues that plague America’s youth. Surprised by what he finds, Roy is forced to face his own childhood and the demons that have haunted him for years. Just because you have a house doesn’t mean you have a home.

Are you homeless by choice?

8. Aging Out

Author: by Alton Carter
The RoadRunner Press
207 pages

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While still a little boy, Alton Carter walked away from his violent, drug- and alcohol-riddled childhood home believing the worst life had to offer was behind him. He was sorely mistaken. After surviving a troubled foster care system and becoming the first in his family to graduate from high school – with a college scholarship in hand no less, he found himself at age eighteen, as so many young people do on the cusp of life: scared, lonely, and all on his own.

This is the story of how he aged out of the foster care system only to have his college dreams shattered, and how he found the courage to face his past and dare to take the steps to the life and family he always dreamed he would one day have.

9. When They Call You a Terrorist (Young Adult Edition): A Story of Black Lives Matter and the Power to Change the World

Author: by Benee Knauer
Wednesday Books
272 pages

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Patrisse Khan-Cullors’ and asha bandele’s instant New York Times bestseller, When They Call You a Terrorist is now adapted for the YA audience with photos and journal entries! A movement that started with a hashtag-#BlackLivesMatter-on Twitter spread across the nation and then across the world.

From one of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement comes a poetic memoir and reflection on humanity. Necessary and timely, Patrisse Khan-Cullors’ story asks us to remember that protest in the interest of the most vulnerable comes from love.

Leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement have been called terrorists, a threat to America. But in truth, they are loving women whose life experiences have led them to seek justice for those victimized by the powerful. In this meaningful, empowering account of survival, strength, and resilience, Cullors and asha bandele seek to change the culture that declares innocent black life expendable.

10. The Teen Guide to Global Action: How to Connect with Others (Near & Far) to Create Social Change

Author: by Barbara A. Lewis
144 pages

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Kids everywhere are deciding they can’t wait to become adults to change the world. They’re acting right now to fight hunger and poverty, promote health and human rights, save the environment, and work for peace. Their stories prove that young people can make a difference on a global scale.

Like Barbara Lewis’s groundbreaking The Kid’s Guide to Social Action, this book includes real-life stories to inspire young readers, plus a rich and varied menu of opportunities for service, fast facts, hands-on activities, user-friendly tools, and up-to-date resources kids can use to put their own volunteer spirit into practice.

It also spotlights young people from the past whose efforts led to significant positive change. Upbeat, practical, and highly motivating, this book has the power to rouse young readers everywhere.

11. The Boy Who Carried Bricks: A True Story of Survival (Middle-Grade Cover)

Author: by Alton Carter
Roadrunner Press
192 pages

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Abandoned by his father, neglected by his mother, shuttled between foster homes and a boys ranch for most of his formative years, a young man refuses to succumb to the fate that the world says should be his. Early on, Alton decides he wants a “normal life”-even if that means standing up to abusive relatives and being teased by his siblings and cousins.

Along the way, he keeps an eye out for those who might help lighten the load, never losing hope that such people exist.

12. The Dust Bowl Through the Lens: How Photography Revealed and Helped Remedy a National Disaster

Author: by Martin W. Sandler
Bloomsbury USA Childrens
96 pages

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The Dust Bowl was a time of hardship and environmental and economic disaster. More than 100 million acres of land had turned to dust, causing hundreds of thousands of people to seek new homes and opportunities thousands of miles away, while millions more chose to stay and battle nature to save their land.

FDR’s army of photographers took to the roads to document this national crisis. Their pictures spoke a thousand words, and a new form of storytelling- photojournalism-was born. With the help of iconic photographs from Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Arthur Rothstein, and many more, Martin Sandler tells the story of a nation as it endured its darkest days and the extraordinary courage and spirit of those who survived.

13. The Boy with Two Lives (The Abbas Kazerooni Memoirs)

Author: by Abbas Kazerooni
August 26, 2015

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When ten-year-old Abbas arrives in England to start a new life – having just fled conscription into the Iranian army and survived almost three months alone in Istanbul, Turkey, waiting for a visa – little does he know that his troubles have only just begun.

Abbas’s cousin packs him off to boarding school, and infrequent phone calls are his only contact with his beloved mother in Iran. Things get worse when Abbas is threatened with deportation and forced to work through the nights during his school holidays to repay his ‘debt’, and worse still when, at the age of thirteen, he finds himself homeless.

Abbas’s extraordinary resilience in the face of overpowering odds makes this story based on true events from the internationally bestselling author of On Two Feet and Wings inspiring and unforgettable.

14. Faerie War (Titania Academy Book 4)

Author: by Samaire Wynne
July 15, 2020

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They want a war, they’ll get it! It’s bad enough that they’re interrupting my classes at Titania Academy. This semester, classes include Concealment and Heredity, and I’ll learn about my true Fae Folk form. And Advanced Glamour, and Herbology.And Flying!

I’m supposed to be kissing Chance – yes, he’s my boyfriend now! Under the moonlight.But noooooooooooo. Instead, I have to FIGHT because this “Faction” as they now call themselves, has decided to DECLARE WAR?A faerie war? What does that even mean?

Well, I’m from New York, and I know how to survive. I don’t want to fight, but since they insist… They’ve already kidnapped my uncle, The Oak King. I’m sure they’re going to use his power to try to take back the Elfen Lands and to take over the entire Faerie realm.

And I’m just as sure they want to kill my father, The Holly King. And probably everyone else I care about, too. Do you think I’m going to let that happen?I don’t THINK SO. I may be just 15, but they have no idea who they’re messing with.