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Davey describes how he spends his time after school trying to keep safe and warm until he can meet his mother and older brother when the shelter opens at eight o'clock. ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published December 3rd 2005 by Albert Whitman & Company (first published April 1st 1996)
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Oct 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
This story is about a young boy named Davey and how he copes with being homeless. I thought that this book was good and definitely a reality check. This young boy is homeless because his mother lost her job awhile ago and now they have to sleep at a shelter. This book covers what he does on his spare time while he waits for the soup kitchen to open and how he feels. While reading the story the colors and illustrations really set the mood and tone. I could tell that the author and illustrator rea ...more
Isaiah Oliver
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a young boy that has to kill time before he is able to go to the homeless shelter. I really enjoyed the plot of the book. The illustrations provided a sense of realism that really helped me step into the shoes of the main character. When I read this book, I read it in the voice of the main character. I would recommend this book for students in 4th grade and up.
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Davey cannot go to the homeless shelter until 8 pm. He has to keep busy and warm from the time school lets out until then. Where will he go? What will he do? Where is his family? Good story about a homeless family and the struggle they face every day. Good for 4th graders on up.
Cindy Sa
Apr 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Someplace to go
This is a different kind of children books. Because the main theme is a boy named Davey how to spend the after-class time. In most books, there are many happy, funny, and fantastic plots. But this book is so different that it focus on loneness. I think there is no person wants to live alone in this world. And no parent wishes their children live alone in the future or feel any loneness.
For many young children, the first happiness thing for them is finish class in every day. Becau
Jordan Santoro
Apr 09, 2012 rated it liked it
"Someplace to Go" by Maria Testa is a heart-wrenching story about a young, homeless boy. The book itself is fairly plain in design. The end pages are white and the full-bleed images inside the book are watercolor with mostly dull and dreary colors. This definitely portrays the mood throughout the story, as it is anything but cheery and fun. The story follows a young boy after a day of school. Him and his family sleep at a homeless shelter due to the fact that his mother lost her job. Unfortunate ...more
Logan Spears
Someplace to Go is a hard story about a young boy whose family is homeless. The story addresses homelessness and how lonely and isolated these people can feel. It also briefly talks about all the horrible things that happen on the street. The illustrations do a great job showing the emotion of the young boy and capture the mood of the story. The full bleed illustration makes it feel like the reader is in the story giving it more of a real feeling.
Jan 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Interesting children's story about a homeless family. What a little boy must do in order to stay warm and get food on his own before he can meet with his brother and mother at the shelter when it opens several hours after he is released from school. Would be eye opening for children or adults. Great for diversity/awareness. ...more
Lydia Moses
Jan 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poverty
This is a book about a boy and his family trying to find work and a place to live. He and his brother go to school and he has to separate from his family until the end of the day when they meet up at the homeless shelter.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Vivid portrayal of what it's like to go to school and go to the homeless shelter where you live at the end of each day. ...more
Good story to teach empathy
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