"Almost Home is that rare and special book that inspires us to make a difference."
—Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, New Jersey
Almost Home tells the remarkable true stories of six young people as they struggle to find home, stopping along the way at Covenant House, the largest charity serving homeless, trafficked, and runaway youth in the Americas. This book offers a glimpse into the lives of the 1.6 million young people in North America who run away or are kicked out of their homes each year, grappling with issues such as family violence, prostitution, teen parenthood, rejection based on sexual orientation, and aging out of foster care without a family. Full of hope, compassion, and practical suggestions on how to fight youth homelessness, Almost Home shows us how to help young people attain the bright futures they deserve.
"With narrative precision and journalistic detail, the heartbreaking trajectory from abandonment and abuse to teen homelessness is laid bare in this book. . . . The compassionately told stories of survival are almost miraculous."
"The trick of engaging readers on public policy matters is to tell human stories. Suddenly, the person we dismiss, fear, or even judge is alive before us and utterly familiar, and we learn, as we do in this powerful and inspirational book, the true meaning of courage, grace, and hope."
—Steve Lopez, New York Times bestselling author of The Soloist
"The moving stories here offer a sense of promise, a belief that with guidance, empathy, and some semblance of home even the most wounded teens can thrive."
—Alex Kotlowitz, bestselling author of There Are No Children Here
"Almost Home accomplishes something very rare in a book about the homeless—it is both descriptive and prescriptive. A vital read for anyone who cares about the future of our society."
—Dale Maharidge, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of And Their Children After Them
A great read for caregivers of foster children . This book lays out the plight of the homeless in our world today. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Gwenn Munroe
This book goes into great detail of the stories of how young adults find themselves homeless. It inspired me to start taking action to help the homeless.Published 3 months ago by Gail Walls
Wonderful read..... very inspiring, kids in this book have a lot to be proud of. Makes you want get out there and help them reach there goals.Published 9 months ago by sarah mueller
True stories about kids trying to make their way living on the streets and the changes that Covenant House made in their lives. I can't imagine how hard that life must be.Published 9 months ago by Peggy Thuman
A bit depressing, I can think of so many more books that leaving you feeling good when you read or finish.Published 11 months ago by Phil P
If you are interested in authentic research on homeless youth in America, this is the read. The terrific combo of research and real life is riveting. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Betty Womack
Very touching and inspirational book. I work at Covenant House NY and could not wait to read what our great Kevin Ryan had written! I was not let down! Read morePublished 16 months ago by Brea Bennett
This book did a great job explaining the barriers that homeless teens face, but also gave the reader ways to try to help teens who have survived unbearable lives,.Published 17 months ago by Kristine Harris
Excellent read, factual without being too emotive.
Restores hope in the human condition
Let's hope that those now cutting funding for those most in need ..... Read more