Walters, Eric. Sketches.

Author:Marler, Myrna
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review

WALTERS, Eric. Sketches. Penguin, Viking. 226p. c2008. 978-0-670-06294-2. $15.99. S

Homeless kids, throwaway teens living on the streets, are a growing problem in many big cities. In this novel, 15-year-old Dana is one of them, having fled the comforts of her suburban home and abusive stepfather for a much more precarious existence living hand to mouth. She is soon adopted into a small street family consisting of herself, Brent and Ashley--people she would have crossed the street to avoid in a previous life. They look out for each other and spend most of each day panhandling, squeegeeing car windows, and stealing to buy food and cigarettes (and sometimes drugs), and trying to find a safe place to spend each night. They have no future and no options until Dana discovers Sketches, a real place in Toronto, which encourages street kids to come in and express themselves artistically. Sketches offers supplies, counselors, an occasional bed, and some food. It also provides inspiration and ways for...

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