Shelter

  • Illustrated By: Taryn Gee
  • Pages:120
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Themes:homeless shelters, poverty, substance abuse, mental health, affordable housing
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  • Pub Date:10/12/2021
  • Age Groups:Nonfiction Ages 9-12
  • Lexile:1080L
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:Y
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“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.”—School Library Journal, starred review

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.

“Balanced, up-to-date coverage...Students, teachers, and parents will appreciate these detailed and engaging offerings.”
– Booklist
“A very accessible and compact overview on the causes of homelessness in society and various ways to help those in need.”
– School Library Connection
“A thought-provoking book that is suited to the target audience. Recommended.”
– CM: Canadian Review of Materials
★ “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.”
– School Library Journal, starred review
“An insightful deep dive into a huge issue that is presented in a sympathetic and accessible way. Overall, the content makes for a well-written, thoughtful primer that would prove useful for children and adults alike.”
– Quill & Quire
A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection   | 2021  |  Commended
NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books List   | 2022  |  Commended