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No Known Address

by Barwin, Steven
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 3
tagged: homelessness & poverty, runaways, general (see also headings under social themes)

Teen homelessness is not always connected to poverty and crime. Sometimes there's more to the story. No Known Address follows a teen named Tyler from a privileged family in Victoria, British Columbia, who is kicked out of his home by his abusive dad after being blamed for bringing prescription narcotics to a party. This novel brings to light the se …


When Molly Drew Dogs

by Deborah Kerbel, illustrated by Lis Xu
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: 2 to 5
tagged: emotions & feelings, dogs, imagination & play, runaways, depression & mental illness

On the night before the first day of school, a pack of stray dogs moves into Molly’s head. They are friendly, but a bit wild. They scamper through her thoughts, yap at the door to her dreams, and scratch at her brain, begging to be let out. So Molly starts to draw them.
When Molly draws dogs, she feels better—but not everyone can see the valu …


Far Himalaya, The

by Phillip Ernest
edition: eBook
tagged: coming of age, runaways

Young and homeless on the streets of Toronto, a fugitive from an unquiet past that has followed him from his hometown in Northern Ontario, Benjamin Doheney is sustained by unusual sources of strength: his devotion to Sanskrit, the ancient literary language of India; the love he shares with Aditi, a PhD student in Sanskrit at the University of Toron …



by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Jon Klassen
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook Paperback
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: friendship, foxes, environment, survival stories, runaways, adolescence, boys & men

New York Times Bestseller * National Book Award Longlist 

Finally in paperback! This handsome edition features French flaps.

From bestselling and award-winning author Sara Pennypacker comes a beautifully wrought, utterly compelling novel about the powerful relationship between a boy and his fox. Pax is destined to become a classic, beloved for genera …


Almost Invisible

by Maureen Garvie
edition: eBook
  • age: 11 to 13
  • Grade: 6 to 8
tagged: friendship, homelessness & poverty, runaways

Jewel is on the run from an abusive home situation and furtively living at school. After Maya discovers her classmate’s secret, should she tell? Or can she help Jewel on her own?

Thirteen-year-old Jewel has been holding her life together ever since her older sister, Charmaine, suddenly left home with no forwarding address. She tried to find Charma …


A Cage Went in Search of a Bird

by Cary Fagan, illustrated by Banafsheh Erfanian
edition: eBook
  • age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: k to 2
tagged: emotions & feelings, runaways, birds

Two lonely souls find each other in this unusual tale of friendship and belonging from award-winning comic writer Cary Fagan featuring vibrant art by Banafsheh Erfanian.

Is there someone out there for everyone? Two lonely souls find each other in this unusual tale of friendship and belonging from award-winning comic writer Cary Fagan. In her North …


Saving Stevie

by Eve Richardson
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: runaways

Thirteen-year-old Minto's family is in crisis. Minto's older sister has had a baby and immediately abandoned the family and her son. Her father and mother are overwhelmed with the new baby and not coping. When Minto hears discussions about the possibility of turning weeks-old Stevie over to adoption services, Minto must take action and responsibili …

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