Roam

C. H. Armstrong

eBook - 2019

Seventeen year-old Abby Lunde and her family are living on the streets. They had a normal life back in Omaha but, thanks to her mother's awful mistake, they had to leave what little they had behind for a new start in Rochester. Abby tries to be an average teenager-fitting into school, buoyed by dreams of a boyfriend, college and a career in music. But Minnesota winters are unforgiving, and so are many teenagers. Her stepdad promises to put a roof over their heads, but times are tough for ev...eryone and Abby is doing everything she can to keep her shameful secret from her new friends. The divide between rich and poor in high school is painfully obvious, and the stress of never knowing where they're sleeping or where they'll find their next meal is taking its toll on the whole family. As secrets are exposed and the hope for a home fades, Abby knows she must trust those around her to help. But will her friends let her down the same way they did back home, or will they rise to the challenge to help them find a normal life?

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[United States] : Central Avenue Publishing 2019.
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English
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1 online resource
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Mode of access: World Wide Web.
ISBN
9781771681520
1771681527
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AVAILABLE FOR USE ONLY BY IOWA CITY AND RESIDENTS OF THE CONTRACTING GOVERNMENTS OF JOHNSON COUNTY, UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, HILLS, AND LONE TREE (IA).
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C. H. Armstrong (author)
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Review by Booklist Reviews

When her mother makes a reckless mistake and the family falls on financial hardship, Abby Lunde finds herself in Rochester, Minnesota, as her family tries to get back on their feet. Abby anxiously faces the challenges of a new school, but as nervous as she is about meeting new people, she's more worried about keeping her family's secret: they are homeless. As the rough Minnesota winter approaches, returning to normal proves harder than Abby or her family ever thought it would be. With a setting similar to Natalie D. Richards' What You Hide (2018), this exposes the importance of community assistance and empathy for homeless families. Armstrong seamlessly combines the challenges that teens normally face in daily life with the struggles of being homeless in a new environment. This emotional read with an inspiring and heart-wrenching message encourages readers to walk a mile in another's shoes before passing judgment. Grades 8-10. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When Abby and her family find themselves living on the streets, she must decide if she trusts her new friends at school to help her find a normal life.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

2020 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers—YALSA/ALA'An empathetic tale that treats homelessness with respect and makes it visible.'—Kirkus ReviewsSeventeen-year-old Abby Lunde and her family are living on the streets. They had a normal life back in Omaha but, thanks to her mother's awful mistake, they had to leave behind what little they had for a new start in Rochester. Abby tries to be an average teenager—fitting in at school, dreaming of a boyfriend, college and a career in music. But Minnesota winters are unforgiving, and so are many teenagers.Her stepdad promises to put a roof over their heads, but times are tough for everyone and Abby is doing everything she can to keep her shameful secret from her new friends. The divide between rich and poor in high school is painfully obvious, and the stress of never knowing where they're sleeping or where they'll find their next meal is taking its toll on the whole family.As secrets are exposed and the hope for a home fades, Abby knows she must trust those around her to help. But will her new friends let her down like the ones back home, or will they rise to the challenge to help them find a normal life?"We, her readers, are drawn in from the first page. This lovely book has tremendous heart.'—Brandon Hobson, author of Where the Dead Sit Talking

Review by Publisher Summary 3

2020 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers—YALSA/ALA“An empathetic tale that treats homelessness with respect and makes it visible.”—Kirkus ReviewsSeventeen-year-old Abby Lunde and her family are living on the streets. They had a normal life back in Omaha but, thanks to her mother's awful mistake, they had to leave behind what little they had for a new start in Rochester. Abby tries to be an average teenager—fitting in at school, dreaming of a boyfriend, college and a career in music. But Minnesota winters are unforgiving, and so are many teenagers.Her stepdad promises to put a roof over their heads, but times are tough for everyone and Abby is doing everything she can to keep her shameful secret from her new friends. The divide between rich and poor in high school is painfully obvious, and the stress of never knowing where they're sleeping or where they'll find their next meal is taking its toll on the whole family.As secrets are exposed and the hope for a home fades, Abby knows she must trust those around her to help. But will her new friends let her down like the ones back home, or will they rise to the challenge to help them find a normal life?"We, her readers, are drawn in from the first page. This lovely book has tremendous heart.”—Brandon Hobson, author of Where the Dead Sit Talking