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Homecoming

The works listed will allow your students to further explore the theme of The Need for Family and Home and other themes related to Homecoming:


Fiction
Bennet, James. Dakota Dream. New York: Scholastic, 1994. After growing up in foster homes, a teenage boy sets out to find a home of his own on a Sioux reservation. (challenge)

Fox, Paula. Monkey Island. New York: Orchard, 1991. Two men help an 11-year-old boy survive on the streets after the boy's mother disappears from their New York hotel room. (average)

Grant, Cynthia D. Kumquat May, I'll always Love You. New York: Athenaeum, 1986. When Livvy's mother abandons her, Livvy decides to keep her situation a secret and to take care of herself as long as she can. (average)


Nonfiction
Berck, Judith. No Place to Be: Voices of Homeless Children. Boston: Houghton, 1992. Children give a sensitive account of what it is like to be homeless and to live in poverty. (average)

Hyde, Margaret. Foster Care and Adoption. New York: Watts, 1982. This book examines the problems of the foster care system and what is being done to solve them.

Johnson, Joan L. Kids Without Homes. New York: Watts, 1982. This book presents the plight of homeless children, their struggles to survive, and society's roles and responsibilities related to homelessness. (challenge)