Her street name is Maybe She lives with a tribe of homeless teens -- runaways and throwaways, kids who have no place to go other than the cold city streets, and no family except for one another. Abused, abandoned, and forgotten, they struggle against the cold, hunger, and constant danger. With the frigid winds of January comes a new girl: Tears, a twelve-year-old whose mother doesn't believe her stepfather abuses her. As the other kids start to disappear -- victims of violence, addiction, and exposure -- Maybe tries to help Tears get off the streets...if it's not already too late. Todd Strasser, author of the powerful and disturbing Give a Boy a Gun, again focuses on an important social issue as he tells a thought-provoking, heart-wrenching story of young lives lost to the streets, and of a society that has forgotten how to care.
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.
"After reading this book, you'll feel as if you spent a few hours in the shoes of a homeless kid."
-- "YM" "Gritty and harsh..."
-- "VOYA" "Strasser powerfully lays out the desperate realities of living on the street."
-- "Denver Post" "Strasser's vibrant prose plunges young reads into Maybe's hard life, all without the use of profanity. A very welcome addition to the slice-of-life genre in YA literature that may help to change some real lives."--"Kirkus Reviews" "A powerful and disturbing look at the downward spiral of despair that remains too common for too many teens."--"School Library Journal
" "A true-to-life novel that should hold strong appeal for teen readers--and help keep them off the streets."--"Bookpage"