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"Strasser powerfully lays out the desperate realities of living on the street."--Denver Post

"Gritty and harsh."--VOYA

"After reading this book, you'll feel as if you spent a few hours in the shoes of a homeless kid."--YM

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Todd Strasser has written many critically acclaimed novels for adults, teenagers, and children, including the award-winning Can’t Get There from Here, Give a Boy a Gun, Boot Camp, If I Grow Up, Famous, and How I Created My Perfect Prom Date, which became the Fox feature film Drive Me Crazy. Todd lives in a suburb of New York and speaks frequently at schools. Visit him at ToddStrasser.com.

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Can't Get There From Here March 18 2006
By S. Chen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Can't Get There From Here

By: Tod Strasser

Reviewed By: S.Chen

Period: P.3

The book "Can't Get There from Here" is a story about a pack of street kids that are struggling to get food and shelter. Maybe is one of the main characters. She is a kind hearted person and she always cares for her "gang." She is trying to get Tears, another street girl that ran away from home, to a safe shelter area. While Maybe tries to find food around the city, she meets a librarian who is kind to her. He always assures her to stay off the streets. Day by day, month by month, her "gang" disappears. Many of them died from, suicide, from AIDS, violence, and suicide. In the end, everyone in Maybe's gang dies but Tears and OG and of course Maybe. Maybe helps Tears back to her grandmother's house and Maybe returns back to the city. Anthony suggested to Maybe that she should go live in a group home. The book ends with Maybe thinking to herself that even she might become a better person.

I REALLY liked this book. It made me realize how lucky I was. Every time you open the book it felt as you were in a different world. When you read this book, you will really get to know how the homeless live everyday. The book was very descriptive. It included so many details that made you feel like you were a homeless kid. I also like how the book doesn't tell you where Maybe goes and what does she do with the rest of her life. I couldn't stop reading this book because it was so exciting and intense to read. This book made you have a different view point on how homeless struggle to survive.

My favorite part of the book is when Maybe realizes that living on the streets IS NOT GOOD. She finally realizes that she could die living out on the streets. I also like the part where Maybe helps Tears get out of the streets before BOTH OF THEM DIE. Here are two quotes from the book that I liked very much. "My feet felt numb and I couldn't stop shivering. But the funny thing was, I had a feeling I wouldn't get sick. I might even get better." Another quote I found interesting in this book was, "How come she cares so much about a dog?" Tears asked. "What about us?" "Nobody cares about us," I said." These quotes I found interesting because it grabbed my attention and it gave me a different perspective on how the homeless lived and how they thought no one cared about them.

My favorite part of the book was when Maybe got to live with Anthony. Maybe and Tears were both living in Anthony's house and he was so nice to them. He would let them sleep on his bed and he slept on the floor mattress. He is one of those nice people that treat all kinds of people nice, even if it's two homeless girls trying to find a place in the world. Maybe would always have a nice place to stay and would get food or water when she was with Anthony. My favorites parts of the book were when Maybe was with Anthony. He actually cared for her and treated her with respect. I liked the part where Anthony helped Tears back to grandparents. A person with such a kind heart is truly a dear person to Maybe. I really enjoyed this book and it really does give you a different perspective on how you look at homeless people.
can't get there from here is a great book June 5 2006
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
the book i read was can't get there from here. it was a book about homeless kids there names were tears, maggot, rainbow,2 moro, jewel,and country club. no one really liked them because of the fact that they were homeless. everyone but one person his name was anthony. he was the kindest person they met and he liked them even though they were homeless.

i liked it and i didn't like it. when people were dying like rainbow died, 2 moro died, and country club die is when i didn't like it. but when the kids were back with there families. and when maybe was with anthony and anthony said there are different ways to live and the streets aint one of them. he knew that it was time to get off the streets and get better in a group home is when i liked it.

by:jo-lin ratchford
Can't Get There From Here May 21 2012
By A. DeNeal - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is well out of my normally preferred fantasy reading but it was a powerful well written story that will touch your heart. It is the story of a street kid that calls herself Maybe and a "tribe" of other homeless kids that she lives with. Maybe found herself on the street when her mother kicks her out, because Maybe is the oldest and her mother has to many children to care for. The characters in this story are realistic and easy to relate to and the writing style is absolutely brilliant, both dark and exciting. But be warned this book will have you in tears. After you read this book you feel like you have just watched a privet moment in some one's life, and you will wonder why you never knew about these kids before and what can you do.
My book review May 17 2006
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book i read was called Can't get there from here. And this book is mostly about young kids that live on the streets because their family don't exect them the way they are. When i read this book i get very interested in it because it tells about how they try to survive out on thier own, the problem in this book was that the kids that ran away really never had any food so they ate garbage sometimes it made them very sick. The main person's name in this book is Maybe She Is a Young girl that lives on the streets and doesn't Know her real name or age. The girl is stuck thinking that she can just always survive on her own. When some of her friends die, she gets very scared and feels down.
Life on the tough streets Aug. 30 2012
By Heidi G - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Maybe is a homeless teen trying to survive on the streets of New York City, the only constant in her life being the other homeless teens who are in the same boat as Maybe. A couple deaths occur amongst the group members and Maybe fears that may be her future. A kindly librarian offers clothing and a safe place to warm up, and even helps reunite one of Maybe's friends with family members. Todd Strasser delivers a no-holds-barred look at life on the street through the eyes of a girl whose immediate goals are simply to find food and shelter. Outstanding! Thanks to Puget Sound Council for the review copy.


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