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Streetchild: An Unpaved Passage

4.42 of 5 stars 4.42  ·  rating details  ·  52 ratings  ·  10 reviews
"Hard luck memoirs have grown extra cheap in recent years, partly due to the celebration of bogus ones. Justin Reed Early's StreetChild: An Unpaved Passage is no such thing." (Huston)


In the 1980’s, the number of child runaways on the streets of Seattle was at epidemic proportions. The problem inspired the classic and riveting documentary, “STREE
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published November 20th 2008 by Authorhouse (first published 2008)
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John Waiblinger
Streetchild is an incredible and engaging first person narrative about one man's extraordinary journey in dealing with a life on the streets as a young boy, addiction and his own internalized homophobia. The book allowed me to delve deep into Justin's perspective and experience. This is a very compelling story told in what I would consider an easy, yet very involving, read. I very much respect the way Justin lays out some very grim realities and truths in an un-sensationalized, matter-of-fact ma ...more
One thing I've always liked about memoirs is that you are reading something that actually happened. No matter how mundane the story is, you're getting a slice of someone's life, someone's brain. Street Child by Justin Early is anything but mundane. Here is the story of a ten year old child who ends up on the streets, left to himself, except for the family that he's able to make from the other street children. This book completely pulled me in. Here I was, reading about Justin's life, and somethi ...more
Bonnie Toadvyn
Excellent, honest

Totally enjoyed this book. The book took you through the system as seen by the author who is a very nice, non judgemental person. this book could have been longer and even more descriptive...I would recommend this book to everyone...needs more of an emphasis of friends and acquaintances, dead and failed. Early'
Mary Ann Starr
Excellent Difficult Read

This story is very sad but worth reading to increase awareness of what these "street children" are going through. Highly recommended, thank you Justin for writing this.
P.D. Workman
A raw, painful read. An eye-opener for those who are interested in helping children of all ages stuck in the vicious spiral of abuse and addiction.

this was such a great read! I could never imagine having to go through such horrible things, but it was definitely a great insight to how homeless youth lived and continue to live. it's very heart wrenching at times, but all in all, I was smiling at the end.
Lisa Johnson

:)hard to put down
should be standard reading for all social workers
really looks into the life of someone who has been there

Amazing written. This is truly why I do the work I do. Kudos for Justin Early for sharing his story. It's incredibly powerful.
Brilliant! I was fortunate enough to have been given the book by the man who wrote it and he is a living miracle.
This is a very heartbreaking book, I'm having a hard time reading this but I still can not put the book down.
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