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Author strives to show a different face of homelessness: ‘She’s more than this one issue.’

Unlike many YA novels about homelessness, the story doesn't feel dark. “Linden could be the-kid-sitting-next-to-you-in-class,” one teacher wrote her. Linden has a dark past, but Rufener discloses this history in small bits. Only nearing the end of the book do readers completely know Linden's tragic past.

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