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Front Street/Lemniscaat, 1999 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 125 pages
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Fifteen teenagers speak candidly about living separated from their families. and give moving self-portraits as they talk about their lives. These are intimate stories about trust and betrayal, friendship and grief, fear, resistance and courage. The young people represent all children who find themselves at the edges of society. Photographs by Pieter Kers underscore the poignancy of each story. "My mother couldn't take it anymore. When I was three, she dropped me at my father's. He said, 'I'll take care of little Joey.' But he had no time. . . . I ended up in a children's home. That's when my parents lost me." I spent four years in that children's home. It sucked. I always played by myself. . . . When I was seven, I got foster parents. The administration said to me, 'Here is a mother for you, and a father.' Well, I didn't even know what that was, a father and a mother."-- from the book

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On My Own Manuela 9
On The Run Leyla 31
Not A Conventional Life Maarten 55

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About the author (1999)

Szabinka Dudevszky writes scripts for documentary films and theater productions. Pieter Kers studied photography in the Hague and works for the Dutch publishing company Lemniscaat. Both live in the Netherlands. Wanda Boeke is a professional translator who has worked with writers and filmmakers in Europe. She lives in Iowa City, IA.

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