Former Times reporter coming to Morristown library to speak about book on homeless children


Against long odds, some homeless children achieve their dreams. Six of them are featured in a new book by former New York Times reporter Tina Kelley, a Morristown native who will speak at the Morristown & Township Library on Jan. 10 at 7 pm.

The book is titled Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope.  Tina’s talk is free and refreshments will be served. Here are more details:


MORRISTOWN, NJ— The Morristown & Morris Township Library is hosting an author talk on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, featuring former New York Times reporter Tina Kelley.  The free program begins at 7 p.m. and refreshments will be served.  This program is supported through funding from the Friends of the Morristown & Morris Township Library.

almost home book cover tina kelleyEach year, as many as two million young people in the United States become homeless, on their own.  An overwhelming number of them are forced from home because of violence, neglect or rejection, and many age out of foster care with no place to call home.

In Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope (Wiley; October 2012), Covenant House President Kevin Ryan and Tina Kelley, who shared in a Pulitzer Prize at The New York Times, tell the coming-of-age stories of six extraordinary children, now young adults, from across North America.  Despite almost unimaginable suffering and adversity, these six exceeded almost everyone’s expectations as they fought to make their dreams come true.

Almost Home isn’t just about the six young people profiled in the book. It pays tribute to the hard work done by mentors and supporters as well—the adults who see a child in need, and work with him or her to make it through hard times. The stories in this book are a testimony to the power of having someone in your corner, cheering you on when the outlook is bleak.  Join Morristown native Tina Kelley as she reads from this emotional and yet evocative work and conveys some of the stories therein.

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