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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 m

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Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Simon Pulse (first published 2004)
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Lisalit
"Maggot said we should go up to Times Square to watch the ball drop and pick some pockets, but we never got around to it."

I have always been fascinated with homeless street kids, ever since I went to Portland in 1994 where there was an abundance of them. I became rather close to one named Dave, who used to wear safety pins in his eyebrows so that they hung over his eyes. They reminded me of tears. You see these "street punks" everywhere: Bourbon Street in New Orleans, The Haight in San Francisco
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Debbie
Jan 20, 2008 Debbie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teens
A group of homeless teens band together to help each other survive on the streets of New York. The narrator, Maybe, left her abusive mother and feels that the street--dirty , cold, and brutal as it is--is the only place for a girl like her, a girl no one loves.

Maggot says that living on the streets is the only way to maintain your freedom. Country Club is the first of the group to leave. He dies of liver failure at 22. OG has a constant, hacking cough, but refuses to seek medical attention. He
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Lulu
Nov 26, 2008 Lulu rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Nobody
Recommended to Lulu by: Mrs. Platt
I had to read this book for Literacy and basically, it sucked. One to many people die and since it is about homeless kids, it is a little disturbing.
Alice
198 pages, young adult, 30 chapters

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"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 othe
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Janie
This was ok. It was interesting because it was one of the first books about life on the streets as narrated by a girl. Not that it's really obvious, however, it was different. Much of the book was comprised of "I'm hungry and cold because I don't have food and it's cold". Strasser is very good at packing a punch with all of his books about difficult issues (school shootings, street life), and I think the most influential part was the reports about the death of several street kids that the main c ...more
Kara Walker
In Can't Get There From Here, Strasser tells the tale of a homeless girl named Maybe who lives in New York City. Her life is full of abuse, mistrust, and sadness, but she finds a way to persevere through all the pain. Maybe considers herself a part of a "tribe" (others who are homeless with her). In this tribe, the members try to look out for one another and act as a makeshift family. Unfortunately almost all of the characters have a sad ending: "They were gone. Tears, Rainbow, Maggot, Jewel, 2M ...more
Angeluismanzueta
this amazing book is about a group of homeless teenagers known as the asphalt tribe. and they have ran away from their personal and other situtations and came to liv on the streets of nyc. they survive by dealing drugs, washing windshields, and being prostitutes. most of the kids in the tribe have ran away b/c of they're mothers, and drugs. they do whatever it takes to survive the cold winter in nyc.
i can connect this to the world b/c their are actually people in this world who are homeless eve
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Myss-Syckness
ABSOLOUTELY LOVED IT.
After reading Give a Boy a Gun,
I decided to see if Todd Strasser had any other books that may be just as good,
I was not disappointed.
In fact, Can't Get There from Here was even better.
I remember I stayed up all night reading it and had to fake sick the next day because I was so tired haha.
I couldn't sleep without knowing what happened next!
I will definately buy this to add to my bookshelf (:
7706cloe
this book is amazing!!!
its about a girl named maybe who lives on the cold streets of NYC. she has a friend named Tears who is 12 years old. maybe figures out after a bunch of experiences that the streets are really not the place to be so she tries to help tears get home.
i loved this book because it was a happy-unperfect ending. it gave you a shock to what life on the streets is like and what innocent people are dealing with...
i would recommend this book to everyone but more likely to readers who
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Audrey
I read this book in one night. It was so amazing that I couldn't put it down. I was scared to admit defeat. So when I finished this book at 12:30 in the morning, I knew it was going to haunt my dreams. Surprisingly, it didn't. This book portrayed the life of kids on the street and how life can change so quickly, you forget to breathe, think, or even blink. What frightened me the most was the amount of tragedy. This book gave a good look at what people do to survive. This is a must-read. It chang ...more
Chantal
A young teen named Jesse (street name Maybe), is a strong, determined, and rebellious teenage girl, but this girl is a little different; she's homeless. In the book 'Can't Get There From Here' by Todd Strasser,It may seem like that surviving is the most important thing in their minds, and even though it is,they honestly just do not expect good lives. Maybe and her “tribe” that consists of Maggot, OG, 2moro, Rainbow, Country Club, and Tears are a group of young teens with different backgrounds, t ...more
Amelo
The main conflict of my book is that these abandoned, abused, and runaway children are facing the hard life of living on the streets. They don’t have money, food, shelter, or family, but they do have each other and street smarts. They rebel against the numerous rules that the government has and the “real” world has because they feel as if they shouldn’t be told how to live and to live under rules.
“You could have a life, understand?” he said. “You’re still young enough to go back to school, learn
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Ashley.taggart
I really enjoyed reading this book. The book was about the life of homeless teens living on the streets of New York. It is a realistic fiction story that made me think about the people that are homeless in our country and the struggles they go threw just to get food and to stay warm. I would say everyone should read this book because of how much it opens your eyes to the life of some people in our country that we just forget about.
Temoca
This is a book I will add to a literature circle because it is a subject I think will hook kids. The story was a little repetitive giving a play by play of events in the live of homeless kids and then the ending just all worked out for everyone but the main character and we really don't know what happens to her.

Still, it's new and something that would get my kids talking and even parts they may relate to unfortunately.
Sumolicious
what a compelling look at life on the streets for a bunch of homeless kids. A girl nicknamed maybe is the lead character and she is easy to fall in love with, sweet but tough, she cares deeply for the 'friends' she's made on the street.
This book is heart breaking and a some what accurate portrayal of what being a homeless kids must be like. Having been born and raised in NYC I've encountered many of these kids. Early on my parents explained and drilled into me that yrs they may be drug addicts
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Kennedy
Maybe,the main carrictor,was abused by her mother so she decided to run away(her mother still hates her)and she allways had a man then a baby and the man would leave so the mothere would allways take her anger out on maybe,She has become a street kid with a bunch of others she found and.Many people try to offer them shelter and they refuse but they do take money if people offer.The group of would find beds to sleep on and if they had to but they would nomaly find food,sudunley the group startes ...more
Rachel Aly
This book takes you inside the lives of kids as young as 13 to 22, homeless, and scared. Living on the streets they've learned to depend on nobody but themselves for food, shelter and protection. Through out the book we learn about each characters home life and why they are now on the streets. Rainbow, one of the main characters has to go through the most traumatic events, like seeing dead bodies in allies! But when it couldn't get any worse, the group looses a member due to a mugging gone wrong ...more
Heather
I enjoyed this book Todd Strasser has this mind that just seems to captivate my interests. I loved living the life of the streets in New York.
Celeste
This was suggested to me by one of my 8th grade students. She even brought the book to school and asked me to read her copy, stating that it is her favorite book.

I can totally understand why a middle school student would appreciate this book so much. It is full of harsh realities but manages to end with a hint of hope. Additionally, the writing is strong without talking down to its audience. Some of the issues handled include drug overdose, suicide, prostitution, gender and sexual identity aware
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CWinnie
In the book CAN'T GET THERE FROM HERE, by Todd Strasser they call her by her street name, Maybe. On the streets she's lives with homeless, runaway, nobody, teens just like herself on the streets of New York City. These teens have no where to turn except the hard, cold streets and one another other. Some teens take drastic jobs, like a prostitution and drug dealing, just to stay alive. A new girl the teens call Tears comes along, a small 12 year old girl who had run away. Maybe looks after her li ...more
Syd
One of my alltime favorite books I've ever read. i loved how REAL the story was, i read it in 1 day it was so good.
Richie Partington
27 January 2004 CAN'T GET THERE FROM HERE by Todd Strasser, Simon & Schuster, April 2004, ISBN 0-689-84169-8

"Come says Jack let's knock him on the head
No says Guy let's buy him some bread"
--Maurice Sendak, WE ARE ALL IN THE DUMPS WITH JACK AND GUY (1993)

" 'I'm so gross! I'm disgusting! I can't stand it!' Rainbow laughed crazily as she pulled me down the sidewalk about a block from Canal Street.
" 'You look beautiful to me,' I said.
" 'Oh, Maybe, what would you know? You're even smellier and di
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Karen morales
A group of homeless teens band together to help each other survive on the streets of New York. The narrator, Maybe, left her abusive mother and feels that the street--dirty , cold, and brutal as it is--is the only place for a girl like her, a girl no one loves.

Maggot says that living on the streets is the only way to maintain your freedom. Country Club is the first of the group to leave. He dies of liver failure at 22. OG has a constant, hacking cough, but refuses to seek medical attention. He
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Mrs. Foley
Good book by Todd Strasser about a group of homeless kids and what happens to them as they try to survive the streets of New York City.

Review by School Library Journal:
A surrogate family of homeless teens lives on the streets of New York City, and the bleakness of their lives is clear early on when Country Club dies of "liver failure due to acute alcohol poisoning." His brief life is summarized in a one-page dossierlike format that immediately precedes the narrative description of his death. The
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Angelica
The novel I read is called Cant Get There from Here by Todd Strasser. It is a fiction story. The theme of the story is that anyone can change and turn their life around even if it’s going to be hard.
This story is about homeless teenagers, who wonder the streets of New York City running into killers, drugs, abuse, rape, and neglection. These teens ran away from home because of abasement, neglection and even drugs. But they had created their own family: in the streets of New York. They all know t
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Cristina
Feb 23, 2012 Cristina is currently reading it
All over New York there are street kids that have nowhere to go. They have been abandoned, abuse, and forgotten. They have no one left but one another. Little by little each one is disappearing. Maybe is her street name has been neglected by her mother. She and seven others face some horrible conditions. She’s been through a lot, but more is to come for her as days pass by. Tears is a new girl to the group who was abused by her stepfather has no one to go to. The only hope she has is Maybe , bu ...more
Jessica
wonderful book , Todd strasser is flipping amazing , even for an audience for mostly young teens and young adults I love his books they all have hit a spot that have hit home somewhere in me. I've actually emailed Todd strasser a few times about a few of his books and he even responded personally. believe it or not but he did :)
this book really gave an insight that most people will never know in there lives especially when its based on kids . when you think of the homeless you think , old man a
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Janeth Mateo
"Cant Get There From Here", by Todd Strasser is a book about eight teens from ages from 12-22 years old, talking about their everyday life's. Tears, Rainbow, Maggot, Jewel, 2Moro, OG, Maybe, and Country Club have been together ever sense they meet. They take care of each other as if they were family. As time passes, They begin to meet people that are trying to help them. Some of them not quite that friendly. Officer Ryan is a woman that helps mostly helping Maybe. There is also a security guy na ...more
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