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Roam
Roam

Roam

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

320 Pages, 5.5 x 8.25

Formats: EPUB, Mobipocket, Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $14.99 (US $14.99) (CA $18.99)

Publication Date: February 2019

ISBN 9781771681513

Rights: WOR

Central Avenue Publishing (Feb 2019)

eBook

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Overview

A story that tackles classic teen issues of friends, romance, and college preparation against a backdrop of homelessness and the need for community-provided social safety nets

Seventeen year-old Abby Lunde and her family are living on the streets. They had a normal life back in Omaha, but thanks to her mother's awful mistake, they had to leave what little they had behind for a new start in Rochester. Abby tries to be an average teenager—fitting into school, buoyed by dreams of a boyfriend, college, and a career in music. But Minnesota winters are unforgiving, and so are many teenagers. Her stepdad promises to put a roof over their heads, but times are tough for everyone and Abby is doing everything she can to keep her shameful secret from her new friends. The divide between rich and poor in high school is painfully obvious, and the stress of never knowing where they're sleeping or where they'll find their next meal is taking its toll on the whole family. As secrets are exposed and the hope for a home fades, Abby knows she must trust those around her to help. But will her friends let her down the same way they did back home, or will they rise to the challenge to help them find a normal life?

Reviews

"In Roam, C.H. Armstrong sings with a brilliant, powerful youthful voice as she portrays a narrator named Abby who experiences what it's like to be homeless with her family, while dealing with the emotional and complex daily challenges of attending a new school. We, her readers, are drawn in from the first page. This lovely book has tremendous heart." —Brandon Hobson, author of Where the Dead Sit Talking

"In her warm and hopeful novel, C.H. Armstrong has created a spirited heroine who triumphs over her circumstances thanks to those who believe in her; friends, family, teachers and ultimately, herself." —Lorna Landvik, author of Once in A Blue Moon Lodge

"Armstrong's book pays compassionate and eloquent attention to teenage angst and love amidst the backdrop of homelessness." —Cara Sue Achterberg, author of Girls' Weekend and I'm Not Her

"Roam is a compelling, accurate look into the life of a homeless teen. A must-read for all young people to understand the hardship of homelessness and how they can reach out to help others." —Cathy Lamb, author of No Place I'd Rather Be

"C.H. Armstrong's compelling young adult novel Roam follows a homeless teenager as she and her family struggle to make a fresh start in a new town. Roam is a study in empathy, forgiveness, and second chances—an impactful and memorable story of teenage homelessness." —Catherine Thureson, Foreword Reviews

"A mother's misdeed leads to scandal, ending friendships and forcing a family move to a new state and into a life of homelessness. An empathetic tale that treats homelessness with respect and makes it visible." —Kirkus Reviews

Author Biography

C.H. Armstrong writes issue-driven young adult and women's fiction, and freelances part time as a magazine columnist. An assignment to cover the twenty-year anniversary of a local soup kitchen, piqued her interest in the homeless community, and inspired Roam.