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The Heart Knows Something Different: Teenage Voices from the Foster Care System

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  6 reviews
There are more than 450,000 children living in foster care. The Heart Knows Something Different collects over three dozen personal narratives by young writers, ages 15 to 20, and provides an insider's account of growing up in "the system." It takes us into a world largely hidden from public view, and attests to the mix of pain and fear, and sometimes hope, and sometimes ev ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 1st 1996 by Persea (first published May 1st 1996)
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Sarah Casady
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shows an inside look adolescents in foster care. Themes of hope and of pain are prevalent throughout the book. I really appreciated seeing how the stereotypes of youth in foster care were broken down. The book is outdated in relation to foster care, though. The system still needs work, but most adolescents aren't in the system for the length of time these writers were. The US of group homes is also dramatically declining today. It is a good look into the history of the system, though.
Tina M Bowers-Plumstead
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A book filled with individual stories written by youth in foster care in the early '90's. A perfect read if you want to see how it is through the eyes of the children on care. I highly recommend this book to those that are considering opening their homes, to current foster families, and even to youth that are in care as a guide to let them know they aren't alone.
erl
Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Insider’s view of life in foster care. Mostly NYC, 1990’s. Nothing brilliant, but an important perspective.
Jenn
Jan 29, 2010 rated it liked it
This book is a collection of vignettes written by teenagers in foster care. Some of the stoires were heartbreaking, but, really, all together I think the book lacked something for me. It is a little dated as well.
Leah Cossette
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
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This book is quite dated, but then, so is the foster care system. An interesting look at young people responding to the system and telling their different stories.
Jaylin
Jul 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Amazing read. Each story touched my heart.
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