Fifteen-year-old Chan lives on the streets. She's run away from home and has no intention to go back. She doesn't care about anyone or anything . . . until ten-year-old Elizabeth comes into her life. A rough world becomes even rougher when you have someone you care about . . . .
James' well-realized protagonist Chan is a 15-year-old street kid living in squats in New York City. Chan has been on the streets since she was 13. She's self-reliant, making time to watch the dawn in a sleeping city, and successfully avoiding both sex and drugs. When 11-year-old Elizabeth arrives in Chan's squat, life becomes much more complex. Chan finds a wonderful little sister in Elizabeth but a romantic teenager doesn't want her kid sister to grow up in the streets. Surrounded by the cold reality of urban homelessness, Elizabeth is far less innocent than Chan wants her to be, and frequently rebels against Chan's treatment of her as a child. With a conclusion both sorrowful and satisfying, Chan's story is truly worthwhile. KLIATT Codes: JS Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2003, Scholastic, Push, 248p.,