Outstanding job by author Barbara O’Connor in creating an intimate and personal look at the crisis of homelessness through the eyes of a young person! The voice of the protagonist, Georgina, is realistically voiced in tone, dialogue, and perspective. Told in first person, the world is consistently experienced and seen through the eyes of a young girl. The reader feels Georgina’s frustration and desperateness to escape circumstances that are not of her own making. Although homelessness and poverty are difficult topic, this book is handled well and on point for the young audience it targets. It shows how easily families on the margin can slip into hard times; this gives readers a chance to sympathize with characters their own age. Along with way the main character learns some valuable lessons and ultimately the book ends on a hopeful note.
Mature Subject Matter:
Theft, Parental (Father) abandonment of family, Homelessness, Poverty/Economic Distress
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