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posted Friday, May 17, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 20x
Beyond 'Streetwise' - Memoir exposes the gritty reality of child homelessness
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Beyond 'Streetwise' - Memoir exposes the gritty reality of child homelessness

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

STREET CHILD: A MEMOIR
JUSTIN REED EARLY
(CreateSpace; 236 pp)


On May 9, the acclaimed book Street Child: A Memoir was re-released, with new chapters and photos by author and activist Justin Reed Early. This is a revised and updated version of the book, which has enjoyed success and recognition over the past four years as the issue of youth homelessness is getting more of the attention it deserves.

The re-release of Street Child includes an epilogue about Early's repaired relationship with his mother, as well as stories about the current lives of the people with whom he survived homelessness, depicted in the 1984 documentary Streetwise.

BULLIED AND MOLESTED
Early's childhood was marred by abuse. He was bullied and assaulted by his own family. He was victimized by King County juvenile court judge Gary Little, who presided over his custody. Judge Little later killed himself upon being exposed as a pedophile and predator by a local newspaper.

Early found comfort with his chosen family of homeless youth on the dangerous streets, and found his escape from his pain in street drugs. Most of his friends lost their battles to the more dangerous elements of street culture, but he made it out alive to tell his story - and theirs.

Now a successful businessman, he knows not enough is being done to acknowledge and inspire the 1.6 million children each year who experience homelessness in America. More must be done to let them know they can have better, safer lives. This awareness drove Early to share his experiences within the juvenile justice and foster care systems in an in-depth, personal way. He strives to share his story with other homeless and at-risk young people who find themselves trapped in the revolving door of systematic failure. He also gives his friends a new voice - as many of theirs have been silenced.

TRAGIC ENDINGS
'Little DeWayne' committed suicide by hanging on his 16th birthday - his life was later portrayed in the movie American Heart with Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges. 'Lulu' was murdered in a street fight at age 21 while protecting her Lesbian girlfriend. She was stabbed in the heart as three men taunted her with homophobic epithets. Roberta Hayes (Justin's 'street sister') was the mother of five children. Strangled by the Green River serial killer, her body would lie in a shallow grave in the woods for four years. It took two more years to identify her remains.

Though many homeless children's stories end tragically, Street Child is in fact a story of hope. Intertwined is a forbidden love, which brings much needed light to the surrounding darkness.

Street Child is an in-depth, authentic, gritty look at a lifestyle that is fascinating but with potentially deadly consequences. The book discusses many of the elements and causes of homelessness while documenting its inevitable outcomes. The writing is raw and real, giving the reader a unique view into a journey no child should endure.

WORLDWIDE ACCLAIM
Early continues to persevere on a road that publishers were too wary to travel. He self-published Street Child and has been promoting his book with his own resources and volunteers - dubbed the Street Team - gaining worldwide acclaim and reaching thousands of readers from as far away as Australia, the United Kingdom, and Czechoslovakia. His book has been defined as a must-read, which once started, most people couldn't put down. He continues to inspire homeless and at-risk children to write their own stories and to make better choices for themselves. He speaks candidly of his personal healing and the changes that bettered his life and the lives around him, addressing bigotry, racism, and addiction.

'I am using my personal story of life on the streets as a catalyst to help others,' says Early. 'This tragic-turned-magical journey has inspired and empowered children, parents, and social workers. There is immeasurable loss and yes, people died. But I bring purpose to this pain and to these other children's short-lived lives. Now, in death, they in turn are helping people too. I am making sure they didn't die in vain. This is a book by a 'statistic' for other 'statistics.' I wanted to put faces to the startling numbers we know are true. I feel I have succeeded in that. It's not my successes that will most benefit others. It is my complete and utter failures.' For more information or to order Street Child, go to www.streetchildmemoir.com.

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