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The Best Books About Homelessness

Updated June 14, 2019 485 votes 52 voters 17.8k views36 items

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.

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  • 1
    Kristin Butcher
    12
    6

    SubjectsPoverty, Friendship, Homelessness

    Genres (Book)Children's literature, Fiction

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    Kevin McColley
    15
    11

    SubjectsYoung adult, Poverty, Family, Homelessness

    Genres (Book)Children's literature, Fiction

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  • 3
    Elliot Liebow
    13
    8

    SubjectsSocial science, Homelessness

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  • 4
    Karen Hesse
    10
    6

    SubjectsEducation, Poverty, Fathers and Daughters, Family, Homelessness

    Genres (Book)Children's literature, Fiction

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  • 5
    Alexander Masters
    13
    11

    First Published2005

    SubjectsStuart 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 disabled  ...more
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  • 6
    Steven Herrick
    7
    4

    SubjectsAdolescence, Poverty, Substance-related disorder, Family, Homelessness

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

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  • 7
    Emma Haughton
    9
    9

    SubjectsHuman rights, Government, Politics, Legislation, Liberty

    Genres (Book)Children's literature

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  • 8

    First Published1933-01-09

    SubjectsLiterary, Literature, France, Classics, Poverty

    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 first  ...more
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  • 9
    Kathleen Hirsch
    11
    13

    SubjectsSocial science, Homelessness, Massachusetts

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  • 10
    Marsha Skrypuch
    8
    11

    SubjectsCanada, Poverty, Homelessness

    Genres (Book)Children's literature

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  • 11
    8
    11

    SubjectsSocial science, United States of America, Homelessness

    Genres (Book)Biography, Autobiography

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  • 12
    Garry Disher
    6
    8

    SubjectsPoverty, Homelessness, Performing arts, Australia

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  • 13

    SubjectsPoverty, Homelessness

    Genres (Book)Children's literature

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  • 14
    Hans Christian Andersen
    6
    8

    First Published1845-12

    SubjectsClassics, Drama, Women, Poverty, Christmas

    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 to  ...more
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    Karen Cushman
    4
    6

    SubjectsYoung adult, Poverty, 19th century, Family, United States of America

    Genres (Book)Children's literature, Fiction

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  • 16
    6
    9

    SubjectsWomen, Poverty, Family, Folklore, Homelessness

    Genres (Book)Children's literature, Fiction

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  • 17
    6
    9

    SubjectsPoverty, Death, Homelessness

    Genres (Book)Children's literature, Fiction

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  • 18

    SubjectsPoverty, Family, Homelessness

    Genres (Book)Poetry, Children's literature

    Amber was Brave, Essie was Smart is a book by Vera Williams.  ...more
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  • 19

    First Published1993

    SubjectsSocial 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.  ...more
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  • 20
    Katherine Paterson
    6
    9

    First Published1991-02

    SubjectsPoverty, 19th century, United States of America, Homelessness, English Literature

    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 as  ...more
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  • 21

    First Published1881

    SubjectsLiterature, Classics, New England, Poverty, 19th century

    Genres (Book)Children's literature, Fiction

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  • 22
    Clifford Edmund Bosworth
    2
    6

    SubjectsSocial science, Interior design, Cultural studies, Middle East, World

    Genres (Book)Sociology

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  • 23

    SubjectsEducation, Adolescence, Poverty, Homelessness

    Genres (Book)Children's literature, Fiction

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  • 24
    2
    6

    SubjectsPoverty, Gardening, Homelessness

    Genres (Book)Fiction

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  • 25
    Paula Fox
    4
    6

    SubjectsPoverty, Homelessness

    Genres (Book)Children's literature, Fiction

    Monkey Island is a 1991 novel by Paula Fox.  ...more
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