Can't Get There from Here

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About The Book

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 Tears's 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.

About The Author

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Todd Strasser is the author of many award-winning YA novels, including The Wave, Give a Boy a Gun, Boot Camp, and Fallout, which the New York Times called “superb entertainment...and gripping suspense.” His novel, Price of Duty, received uniformly enthusiastic reviews including a starred review from BooklistSchool Library Journal called it “highly recommended,” and it was a 2018 New York Public Library Best Book for Teens. Todd has also written for The New Yorker, Esquire, and The New York Times. His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages, and several have been adapted for TV and film, including The Wave, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and Drive Me Crazy, based on his novel, How I Created My Perfect Prom Date. Visit him at ToddStrasser.com.

Raves and Reviews

"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

Awards and Honors

  • CCBC Choices (Cooperative Children's Book Council)
  • Kentucky Bluegrass Award Master List
  • South Carolina Book Award Nominee
  • ALA Best Books For Young Adults
  • ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
  • Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
  • ILA Young Adults' Choices
  • Iowa Teen Award Master List
  • PSLA Fiction List
  • Texas Tayshas High School Reading List
  • NYPL Best Books for Teens
  • Rhode Island Teen Book Award Nominee
  • YASIG Best of the Best (MO)
  • Florida Teens Read Master List

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