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The Best Books About Homelessness 

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List of best books about homelessness, including jacket cover images when available. All these popular books on homelessness are sorted by popularity, so the highest rated books are at the top of the list. This well-researched bibliography includes out-of-print titles and generally contains the most popular, famous, or otherwise notable books - fiction or non-fiction - about being homeless. If you're looking for a list of top books on homelessness then you're in the right place.

Books here include everything from Lyddie to The Railway Children. You should be able to answer the question, "What are the best books about Homelessness?" after checking out this list.

This greatest homelessness book list contains various bits of information, such as the author's names and what genre the books fall under. Most of these homelessness books can be bought on Amazon with one easy click.

Monica Hughes, Cynthia Voigt, and Paula Fox have all written books about Homelessness.

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Tell them who I am is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Books About Homelessness
Elliot Liebow

Subjects: Social science, Homelessness

2
Switch is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Books About Homelessness
Kevin McColley

Subjects: Young adult, Poverty, Family, Homelessness

Genres (Book): Children's literature, Fiction

3
The Runaways is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Books About Homelessness
Kristin Butcher

Subjects: Poverty, Friendship, Homelessness

Genres (Book): Children's literature, Fiction

4
Stuart: A Life Backwards... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Books About Homelessness
Alexander Masters

First Published: 2005

Subjects: Stuart Shorter, Crime, Substance dependence, Insanity, Homelessness

Genres (Book): Biography

Stuart: A Life Backwards is a biography by Alexander Masters of his friend Stuart Shorter, formerly, at various times, a prisoner and a career criminal. It explores how a young boy, somewhat ...more
5
Just Juice is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Books About Homelessness
Karen Hesse

Subjects: Education, Poverty, Fathers and Daughters, Family, Homelessness

Genres (Book): Children's literature, Fiction

6
The Simple Gift is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Books About Homelessness
Steven Herrick

Subjects: Adolescence, Poverty, Substance-related disorder, Family, Homelessness, + more

Genres (Book): Poetry, Children's literature, Fiction

7
Rights in the Home is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Books About Homelessness
Emma Haughton

Subjects: Human rights, Government, Politics, Legislation, Liberty, + more

Genres (Book): Children's literature

8
Down and Out in Paris an... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Books About Homelessness
George Orwell

First Published: 1933-01-09

Subjects: Literary, Literature, France, Classics, Poverty, + more

Genres (Book): Non-fiction, Autobiographical novel, Fiction, Autobiography, Memoir

Down and Out in Paris and London is the first full-length work by the English author George Orwell, published in 1933. It is a memoir in two parts on the theme of poverty in the two cities. The ...more
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Songs from the alley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Books About Homelessness
Kathleen Hirsch

Subjects: Social science, Homelessness, Massachusetts

10
Silver Threads is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Books About Homelessness
Marsha Skrypuch

Subjects: Canada, Poverty, Homelessness

Genres (Book): Children's literature

11
Beggars of Life is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Books About Homelessness
Jim Tully

Subjects: Social science, United States of America, Homelessness

Genres (Book): Biography, Autobiography

12
Good Enough To Eat is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Books About Homelessness
Brock Cole

Subjects: Women, Poverty, Family, Folklore, Homelessness

Genres (Book): Children's literature, Fiction

13
The bamboo flute is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Books About Homelessness
Garry Disher

Subjects: Poverty, Homelessness, Performing arts, Australia

14
The little match girl is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Books About Homelessness
Jerry Pinkney

Subjects: Poverty, Death, Homelessness

Genres (Book): Children's literature, Fiction

15
Amber was Brave, Essie w... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Books About Homelessness
Vera Williams

Subjects: Poverty, Family, Homelessness

Genres (Book): Poetry, Children's literature

Amber was Brave, Essie was Smart is a book by Vera Williams.
16
Travels with Lizbeth: Th... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Books About Homelessness
Lars Eighner

First Published: 1993

Subjects: Social science, United States of America, Homelessness

Genres (Book): Biography

Travels with Lizbeth: Three Years on the Road and on the Streets is a book written by Lars Eighner.
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Dark End of Dream Street... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Books About Homelessness
Lesley Choyce

Subjects: Poverty, Homelessness

Genres (Book): Children's literature

18
Lyddie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Books About Homelessness
Katherine Paterson

First Published: 1991-02

Subjects: Poverty, 19th century, United States of America, Homelessness, English Literature, + more

Genres (Book): Children's literature, Historical fiction, Fiction

Lyddie is a 1991 novel by Katherine Paterson. Set in the 19th century, this is a story of determination and personal growth. When thirteen-year-old Lyddie and her younger brother are hired out ...more
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The Little Match Girl is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Books About Homelessness
Hans Christian Andersen

First Published: 1845-12

Subjects: Classics, Drama, Women, Poverty, Christmas, + more

The Little Match Girl is a short story by Danish poet and author Hans Christian Andersen. The story is about a dying child's dreams and hope, and was first published in 1845. It has been adapted ...more

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Five little Peppers and ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Books About Homelessness
Margaret Sidney

First Published: 1881

Subjects: Literature, Classics, New England, Poverty, 19th century, + more

Genres (Book): Children's literature, Fiction

21
The mediaeval Islamic un... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Books About Homelessness
Clifford Edmund Bosworth

Subjects: Social science, Interior design, Cultural studies, Middle East, World, + more

Genres (Book): Sociology

22
Falling through the Crac... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Books About Homelessness
Lesley Choyce

Subjects: Education, Adolescence, Poverty, Homelessness

Genres (Book): Children's literature, Fiction

23
UN Punado De Semillas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Books About Homelessness
Monica Hughes

Subjects: Poverty, Gardening, Homelessness

Genres (Book): Fiction

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Monkey island is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Books About Homelessness
Paula Fox

Subjects: Poverty, Homelessness

Genres (Book): Children's literature, Fiction

Monkey Island is a 1991 novel by Paula Fox.
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Homecoming is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Books About Homelessness
Cynthia Voigt

First Published: 1981

Subjects: Poverty, Family, Homelessness

Genres (Book): Children's literature, Fiction, Young adult literature

Homecoming is a young adult novel by American children's author Cynthia Voigt. It is the first of seven novels in the Tillerman Cycle. It was adapted into a for-TV film.