Lives Turned Upside Down: Homeless Children in Their Own Words and Photographs

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A photographic essay, highlighted by firsthand accounts of life as a homeless child, captures the extraordinary and poignant worlds of four children from various parts of the country who are themselves living in that situation.

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Gr. 4^-7. Photojournalist Hubbard runs the Shooting Back program to give homeless children a chance to document their own lives through photographs. Here he presents the stirring first-person narratives and photographs of four young people. Sarah Lewis, 10, and Christina Coito, 9, live at a mission church in Santa Monica, California. Lennie, 12, moves all the time with his family and has lived in their car, in parks, and in public buildings. Brian Heflin, 9, is no longer homeless, but his family can't afford electricity in their house. Hubbard doesn't make the common mistake of crowding too many stories into one book. The design is spacious and accessible, and the black-and-white photos of homeless people are powerful. However, the narrative voices all sound the same, and the photos are neither captioned nor attributed. Especially in a book that personalizes the "homeless" stereotype, we want to know who's who in the pictures, who took them, and where. Which one is Lennie? Who took the picture? It's the heartbreaking particulars that will grab kids, especially the dreams of shelter and privacy, the yearning to have a house someday "with a fence around it and a dog in the backyard." Hazel Rochman

From School Library Journal :

Grade 4-8-As part of a project in which homeless children are given cameras and taught photography, four young people document their lives through their images and interviews with the author. The two girls live at a church mission in Santa Monica, California; one of the boys is still on the move, while the other's family currently lives in a house, but does not have enough money for electricity. What the four have in common is a poignant vision of the American dream-a house they can call a home, surrounded by a fence, with a playful dog in the yard. While their black-and-white photos are not of a professional caliber, they do capture the ambiance of their neighborhoods and living conditions. There are no statistics here, just youthful perspectives and observations. Because their insights are not overly brutal, this volume may be an appropriate introduction to the topic of homelessness. Pair this volume with Eve Bunting's Fly Away Home (Clarion, 1991) for an introduction to an increasingly pervasive topic.
Rosie Peasley, Empire Union School District, Modesto, CA
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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