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All God's Children: Inside the Dark and Violent World of Street Families Hardcover – January 29, 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
Denfeld brings to light the elaborate structure and culture of the "families" that harbor the reported 1.5 million teenagers living on the streets of the U.S. Based on a decade of research, his intimate portrait of this fantasy-fueled, violent subculture—populated almost exclusively by teens from white, middle-class homes—is gory and shocking. He spares no details in describing cold characters, cultish rituals and murders, often from the perspective of those involved. Though the anecdotes are intriguing, and Denfeld brings some perspective to the psychology of these street families, he doesn't evaluate the larger cultural forces that have brought them together or their effect on society. Still, this is a powerful study of the dramatic measures that a growing number of lonely teenagers will take to feel like they belong. (Feb.)
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"A chilling look into the culture of feral teens that emerged nationwide in the 1990s" -- Elle Magazine
"All God's Children reminds us--and shames us--that these are our kids. And we are losing them." -- High Country News, January 22, 2007
"[a] riveting work of narrative nonfiction...[an] extensively researched and lyrical account reads as smoothly as any novel." -- Cincinnati City Beat, April 11, 2007
"a sharply written, fascinating, yet disturbing book." -- Time Out Chicago, February 15, 2007
"penetrates the violent, cultlike and secretive world of street kids" -- Portland Tribune , January 26, 2007
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Ms. Denfeld has undergone harsh criticism from homeless advocates & those who work in shelters, as have the parents of Jessica Williams, 1 of the murder victims. Both have done a great deed by putting this in writing & letting the truth be heard, by those who will listen.