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Note: All call numbers are for the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
J Ackerman, Karen The Leaves in October
After her mother leaves them, nine-year-old Livvy struggles to understand and forgive as her father loses his job and takes her and her younger brother to live in a shelter for homeless people.
J BALLI BAlliett, Blue Hold Fast
On a cold winter day in Chicago, Early's father disappeared, and now she, her mother and her brother have been forced to flee their apartment and join the ranks of the homeless--and it is up to Early to hold her family together and solve the mystery surrounding her father.
J BAUER Bauer, Joan Almost Home
Sixth-grader Sugar and her mother lose their beloved house and experience the harsh world of homelessness.
J PAPERBK BRENN Brenner, Summer Ivy: Homeless In San Francisco
When Ivy and her father are evicted from their San Francisco apartment, they feel lucky to finally wind up at the home of their friends, Eugenia and Oscar Orr.
J CLEME Clements, Andrew Room One: A Mystery or Two
Ted Hammond, the only sixth grader in his small Nebraska town's one-room schoolhouse, searches for clues to the disappearance of a homeless family.
J Creel, Ann Howard A Ceiling of Stars
In a series of letters and journal entries, twelve-year-old Vivien describes being abandoned by her mother and struggling to survive on the streets of a big city while searching for her family.
J GRIME Grimes, Nikki. Rich
Free is excited about a local poetry contest because of its cash prize, but when he and Dyamonde befriend a classmate who is homeless and living in a shelter, they rethink what it means to be rich or poor.
J Luger, Harriet Madelay Bye, Bye, Bali Kai
As her once-comfortable world becomes more and more frightening, eleven-year-old Suzie is almost as worried about losing her best friend as she is about her family being evicted from their apartment.
J OCONN O'Connor Barbara How To Steal a Dog
Living in the family car in their small North Carolina town after their father leaves them virtually penniless, Georgina, desperate to improve their situation and unwilling to accept her overworked mother's calls for patience, persuades her younger brother to help her in an elaborate scheme to get money by stealing a dog and then claiming the reward that the owners are bound to offer.
J Powell, E. Sandy A Chance to Grow
When Joe, his sister Gracey, and their mother are evicted from their apartment and left homeless, they live in shelters and on the streets, looking for work and a permanent home.
J RHUDA Rhuday-Perkovich, Olugbemisola 8th Grade Superzero
After half-heartedly joining his church youth group's project at a homeless shelter near his Brooklyn middle school, eighth-grade "loser" Reggie McKnight is inspired to run for school office on a platform of making a real difference in the community.
J Wilson, Jacqueline Elsa, Star of the Shelter!
Noisy, brash, and a troublemaker, ten-year-old Elsa uses her loud voice to warn of a fire at the homeless shelter where she lives with her family.
J Wittlinger, Ellen Gracie's Girl
As she starts middle school, Bess volunteers to work on the school musical in hopes of fitting in, but when she and a friend get to know an elderly homeless woman, Bess changes her mind about what is really important.
J362.5 AGNES Agness, Phyllis No Place at the Table: America's Homeless Children
"According to the Institute for Children and Poverty and other reliable sources, every night over one million children in the United States are homeless. This is a devastatingly large problem, yet homeless children are a hidden population within a prosperous country. The lives of these homeless/transient children are different from most children living in poverty."--Cover back.
J362.5 LYNET Lynette, Rachel What To Do When Your Family Loses Its Home
Tough topics such as having to move into a shelter are dealt with in a sensitive and encouraging manner. This book also gives some ideas of what to expect when a family moves in with relatives while they get back on their feet.
J362.5 Wolf, Bernard Homeless
Fortunately, Mikey and his family are referred to the Henry Street Settlement Urban Family Center on the Lower East Side in New York City, where they get a temporary rent-free apartment and help in the search for permanent housing. Bernard Wolf tells the story of their stay at Henry Street in first-person narrative and vivid full-color photographs.
J362.7 Berck, Judith No Place to Be: Voices of Homeless Children
Details the grave situation facing homeless children and their parents who live in shelters and welfare hotels.
J362.7 Chalofsky, Margie Changing Places: A Kid's View of Shelter Living
This book captures the voices of eight homeless children, ages 6 to 13.
J362.7 Greenberg, Keith Elliot Erik Is Homeless
J362.7 Hubbard, Jim Lives Turned Upside Down
J362.7 Kimiko Home Is Where We Live: Life in a Shelter Through a Young Girl's Eyes
J363.348 KALMA Kalman, Bobbie Living in Shelters
This book examines what life is like for children living in relief shelters after natural disasters.
J363.58 Weitzman, Elizabeth Let's Talk About Staying in a Shelter
JB J2342W Wheeler, Jill Lebron James
JB T2145P Pearce, Q L Hannah Taylor: Helping the Homeless
JE Bunting, Eve December
JE Bunting, Eve Fly Away Home
JE COLE Cole, Brock Good Enough to Eat
JE daCosta Nunez, Ralph Our Wish
JE DAY Day, Marie Edward, the "Crazy" Man
JE DICAM DiCamillo, Kate Great Joy
JE KING King, Stephan Michael Mutt Dog!
JE Nunez, Ralph da Costa Cooper's Tale
JE PETER Peters, Bernadette Broadway Barks
JE Spangler, Ruth Mandy's House: The Story of a Homeless Family Who Finds a New Place to Live
JE WILLI Williams, Laura E. The Can Man
After watching a homeless man collect empty soft drink cans for the redemption money, a young boy decides to collect cans himself to earn money for a skateboard until he has a change of heart.
JER STEGA Stegall, Billy Pat and Pea Soup

Non-Print Materials

Note: All call numbers are for the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
PLAYAWAY J CLEME Clements, Andrew Room One
PLAYAWAY J VOIGT Voigt, Cynthia Homecoming


Fort Wayne Rescue Mission

Fort Wayne Vincent Village

Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Fort Wayne

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