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Those Who Wander

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A very timely important book.Ripped right from today’s headlines the homeless community is at an all time high & the young group of homeless are to me the saddest and most in danger.A book that would be perfect in classroom&bookclub discussions.A heart wrenching read.#netgalley#littleA
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A story about the homeless community in San Francisco and how more violent it is becoming is a book everyone needs to read
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This book had a promising premise and one that I would love to read more about - I felt that Those Who Wander was repetitive and not as meaningfully investigated as I was expecting.
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Journalist Vivian Ho tackles this true crime book with compassion and really digs deep into the subculture of street kids. The book covers the Bay Area murders of Audrey Carey and Steve Carter who were killed by three young drifters. As the local community began to fear all of the local homeless and outcasts, the community of runaways and transient became vulnerable. In this book, the journalist really dives deep into why the kids were on the street in the first place and really tried to understand how they ended up there, how to help them stay off the street and how the system fails them. They were victims of the foster system, poor parenting, mental illness, drug abuse and abuse. She also profiled some people who try to help them. With the income disparity in San Francisco at an all time high, getting housing is next to impossible. But without housing it is hard to get the help they need. Without painting them as innocent, and while still respecting the victims of their senseless crime, she really made me understand how and why this occurs. Highly recommend.
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Wow!  This is so brilliantly written that I felt like I was reading fiction, but it unfortunately is accounts of what life is like for those who are homeless and not quite adults.  Unfortunately many of these individuals have been written off by society and they spend their days wandering the streets.  This is a must read for anyone that works with children.  I read this in one sitting, as it was that good.
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