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STREET CHILD, A Memoir [Kindle Edition]

Justin Reed Early
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"The books the world calls immoral, are the books that show the world its own shame." - Oscar Wilde

"Street Child is not for the faint of heart" - THE SEATTLE TIMES

Street Child is the shock-inspiring story of a young boy who escapes his increasingly dysfunctional and violent middle class home. Remanded into state custody at ten years old, he embarks on a journey through the foster care system only finding safety from unlikely skid-row heroes on downtown streets of Seattle and San Francisco - where children are victims and victims are considered criminals.

While dodging serial killers and predators, including a juvenile court judge who oversees his custody, these children develop familial bonds while protecting each other in an increasingly dangerous - yet invisible world. By telling these authentic stories with often times devastating outcomes, he articulates the stark reality of life on the streets for countless young people.

Many of the children in Street Child were featured in the movie STREETWISE which was nominated for an Academy Award.

Street Child is a powerful and intimate depiction into these homeless children’s actual lives during their most desperate times of survival. Their sweet camaraderie, funny antics, and intimate relationships will move your heart and soul into a new understanding and personalization of their noble plight.

Author Justin Reed Early cultivates hope while bringing new life to his childhood friends. The children portrayed are real and these stories are authentic.

Street Child is a journey no child should ever have to endure.



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About the Author

Justin Reed Early resides in Los Angeles, CA. He is an avid supporter of homeless and at-risk youth and advocates implementing national social service protocols for youth in crisis as well as equal educational opportunities for marginalized children. He provides books at no cost to age appropriate children in crisis and in homeless shelters. Please go to www.streetchildmemoir.com for additional information.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3588 KB
  • Print Length: 303 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1482323567
  • Publisher: Street Team; 2 edition (February 9, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ICCX410
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,850 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent May 30, 2013
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I've worked with these youth, including Justin, for 40 plus years. It is accurate and well written. And a powerful story.

If you find this book interesting, you might also want to watch the Academy Award nominated documentary called STREETWISE (Justin Early) is in it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving, inspiriing, and funny too July 9, 2012
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I highly recommend this book-Mr Early is an excellent, evocative writer. I've seen the Streetwise documentary and am familiar with Seattle. The doc is good, but seemed staged. I was around Seattle in the 80's and the language of Streetchild is authentic to my ears.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story of survival January 14, 2014
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Im so touched by this story. thank you for sharing and teaching us something very valuable. May God continue to bless you.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am obsessed with this book! October 17, 2013
By Yasmin
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This is truly a life changing book. There are so many lessons to learn from this book. I finished this book some time ago and I still can not stop thinking about Justin's story. I literally could not put it down when I was reading it. What an amazing story and what an amazing person. You will not be disappointed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ladyt November 5, 2013
By Lady T
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This book was eye-opening. I never knew the extent that people went through just to survive. My heart goes out to everybody going through this ordeal. This book was well-written, and I applaud the author. No wonder your mother is so proud of you. I am too and I don't even know you!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book January 13, 2014
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Very emotional and sometimes hard to read because of having trouble seeing through the tears. I very highly recommend this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very inspiring January 4, 2014
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gives a whole new perspective to the street scene. Very inspirational and moving. makes you want to help someone in need
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book July 6, 2011
By Stace
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I loved this book. I loved the characters, the stories they told. It was a hard book to put down.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars an amazing memoir
Justin Early had every chip stacked against him from day one, an amazing story and so glad he shared it. Can't believe his cruel parents would turn him out at 10 years old. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read!
Although this is a very sad story, I highly recommend it for anyone who grew up in that time frame or lived in the Seattle area. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Julia D. Bove
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read
Published 8 days ago by tanya
5.0 out of 5 stars A touching, heart wrenching story of massive neglect.
I was touched by Justin's will to survive against the odds. As a child from an abused background and the author of my own memoir, I personally understand the torment and... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Sandi Gamble
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
I definitely recommend this book. It is great for those of us that want to make a difference. The story is completely real.
Published 14 days ago by E. Joyce
5.0 out of 5 stars I could not put it down!
I found this book a boy escaping his dysfunctional family life at age 10 to be shocking and yet, by the end, filled with hope. Read more
Published 17 days ago by T. Meerschaert
5.0 out of 5 stars His life was full of such sadness and strife but how wonderful that he...
How tragic to be a child on the street. After reading this book I had the feeling even a loving "normal" family would not have kept the author at home because he was not... Read more
Published 19 days ago by db:)
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring story
This memoir is inspiring. It opens your mind to some of the crazy and tragic issues this country faces. Beautifully written and a very good read! And to the author... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Missy
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read
If you live in this place we call "living", and have or know of anyone going thru tough times or not. You must read this VERY real and true story of Life.
Published 26 days ago by Remeberingwhen
3.0 out of 5 stars Street Life
Pretty good description of life on the street. Interesting to see it through the eyes of someone who lived through it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by jagger
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More About the Author


Justin Reed Early is a successful professional, Author and Public Speaker who at onetime spent more than half of his life as a homeless person. Born in Bellingham, WA, most of his childhood homeless years were spent in Seattle, San Francisco and NewYork. Justin currently resides in the Bay Area with his dog "Biggy Smallz". He works in financial services (Private Wealth Management) and advocates solutions for homeless and disadvantaged youth and adults.

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