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STREET CHILD, A Memoir [Kindle Edition]

Justin Reed Early
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 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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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,382 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 Poignant, brutally honest and a must read for all
I was drawn to this book as a former professional in the mental health field, however my experience paled in comparison to Justin Early's life and that of his family of origin and... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Cassandra Redwine
5.0 out of 5 stars An Engrossing And Heartbreaking Book
This is a truly amazing book.The author tells of his heartbreaking childhood,which leads him to homelessness,abuse and drug addiction. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Rusti Yankowsky
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing and empowering read
The many challenges that Justin overcame are astounding and inspiring. The book was very well written and I would encourage everyone to read it, whether it is for awareness or... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Alicia Broyles
5.0 out of 5 stars A Powerful Read - a survival story at its best.
I couldn't put this book down and read it in one sitting. It is amazing that against all odds, Justin has survived and truly succeeded in life.
Published 13 days ago by Heather
5.0 out of 5 stars You Must Read This, No Second Thoughts
Honest, scary, heartbreaking, inspiring, REAL! From the moment I started, I couldn't stop. I was amazed and disgusted from moment to moment, but I was compelled forward. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Mary Illin
5.0 out of 5 stars inside look at child homelessness
Unbelievable page turner describing how a middle class child ends up homeless at age 10. I couldn't put this down!
Published 17 days ago by Holly
4.0 out of 5 stars A heartfelt portrait of despair and hope.
Justin Early is not afraid to share the reality of his desperate struggle to survive as a young homeless child and adolescent and young adult. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Miguel Carvajal
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good story...Sad that children live on the street.
Published 25 days ago by Linda E. McCord
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story of a rough life... be ...
Interesting story of a rough life...be warned, however. It contains lots of fairly explicit details about the author's homosexual experiences and also has grammatical errors.
Published 26 days ago by dcook
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story
Amazing read about a street child survivor. Real look at the real world. This book kept me on my toes.
Published 26 days ago by Erinn
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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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