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Juvenile Fiction - Social Themes - Homelessness & Poverty
Author: Tara Sullivan | Narrator: Gisela Chipe
Release Date: February 23, 2021
A young girl must find a way to help her family survive in a desolate and impoverished Bolivian silver mining community in this eye-opening tale of resilience.Twelve-year-old Ana wants nothing more than to escape the future set for her and her classm...
Author: Danielle Svetcov | Narrator: Emma Galvin and Michael Crouch
Release Date: February 04, 2020
For fans of Rebecca Stead and Joan Bauer comes a scrappy, poignant, uplifting debut about family, friendship, and the importance of learning both how to offer help and how to accept it."A big-hearted novel with characters I wish were my friends in re...
Author: Melissa Sarno | Narrator: Monika Felice Smith
Release Date: June 05, 2018
Can you still have a home if you don't have a house? In the spirit of The Truth About Jellyfish and Fish in a Tree comes a stunning debut about a family struggling to find something lasting when everything feels so fleeting.Always think in threes and...
Author: Katherine Paterson | Narrator: Melba Sibrel
Release Date: December 05, 2017
From two-time Newbery award-winning author Katherine Paterson.When Lyddie and her younger brother are hired out as servants to help pay off their family farm's debts, Lyddie is determined to find a way to reunite her family once again. Hearing about ...
Author: Ann Dee Ellis | Narrator: Taylor Meskimen
Release Date: July 11, 2017
For fans of Ali Benjamin’s The Thing About Jellyfish and Katherine Applegate’s Crenshaw comes the humorous and heart aching story of one girl’s struggle to keep hope alive for her and her younger sister in Sunny Pines Trailer Park. ...
Author: Joan Bauer | Narrator: Brittany Pressley
Release Date: February 07, 2017
Newbery Honor winner Joan Bauer's new novel will touch your heart When twelve-year-old Sugar's grandfather dies and her gambling father takes off yet again, Sugar and her mother lose their home in Missouri. They head to Chicago for a fresh start, onl...
Author: Katherine Applegate | Narrator: Kirby Heyborne
Release Date: September 22, 2015
In her first novel since winning the Newbery Medal, Katherine Applegate delivers an unforgettable and magical story about family, friendship, and resilience.Jackson and his family have fallen on hard times. There's no more money for rent. And not muc...
Author: Patricia Reilly Giff | Narrator: Cynthia Holloway
Release Date: August 09, 2011
Rachel, Cassie, and Joey live in the city with their Pop, until Pop's search for work lands the family on a run down farm. Dreamy Rachel loves to read, and doesn't know much about the country. Times are hard there, too—the school and library ar...
Author: Margaret Sidney | Narrator: Bernadette Dunne
Release Date: May 24, 2011
She had seen with pride that couldn't be concealed, her noisy, happy brood, growing up around her, and filling her heart with comfort, and making the Little Brown House fairly ring with jollity and fun. Mrs. Pepper and her five lively children Ben, P...
Author: Patricia Reilly Giff | Narrator: Susan Lynch
Release Date: January 08, 2008
Nory Ryan's family has lived on Maidin Bay on the west coast of Ireland for generations, raising a pig and a few chickens, planting potatoes, getting by. Every year Nory's father goes away on a fishing boat and returns with the rent money for the Eng...
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Author: Elizabeth Winthrop | Narrator: Lili Gamache
Release Date: March 27, 2007
BONUS FEATURES: Exclusive author interview and a profile of Lewis Hine!1910. Pownal, Vermont. At 12, Grace and her best friend Arthur must leave school and go to work as a “doffers” on their mothers’ looms in the mill. Grace’s...
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Author: Pam Muñoz Ryan | Narrator: Trini Alvarado
Release Date: September 23, 2003
When Esperanza and Mama are forced to flee to the bountiful region of Aguascalientes, Mexico, to a Mexican farm labor camp in California, they must adjust to a life without fancy dresses and servants they were accustomed to on Rancho de las Rosas. No...
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