There are 22,000 homeless children in New York City.  Advocates for the homeless call these children the ‘lost generation’.

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This is one of many facts and bits of information Andrea Elliot shares with her New York Times readers.  But if you read Invisible Child:  Dasani’s Homeless Life more than facts and information emerges.

I felt as if I had met 12 year old Dasani, her teacher Miss Hester, the harassing security guards.   I had become part of Dasani’s closed system world she finds herself shuttling back and forth the two blocks in Brooklyn from Auburn Family Residence to Susan S. McKinney Secondary School of the Arts.  p2-povB-1_1024

“Adults who are homeless often speak of feeling ‘stuck.’ For children, the experience is more like a free-fall. With each passing month, they slip further back in every category known to predict long-term well-being. They are less likely to graduate from the schools that anchor them, and more likely to end up like their parents, their lives circumscribed by teenage pregnancy or shortened by crime and illness.”

But there’s hope.  Dasani has found a teacher that “makes Dasani want to learn”.

Invisible Child is the urban homeless story in grand opera.  Beautifully sung.

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