Shakedown Street by Jonathan Nasaw

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Shakedown Street...it's not a place, it's a state of mind. That's why fourteen-year old Caro decides that no matter what, she'll survive by panhandling and picking trash, while her mother scrounges every cent from a nowhere job so she can get them a Place to live.

There are good people living on the dangerous streets -- Rass, Rudy, and Wharf Rat -- who teach Caro how to make it in a world where most people don't care about the homeless. Caro and Momma feel lucky when Rudy finds an abandoned house in Berkeley to use as a squat. Soon the place will be torn down, so the two are in a race to find a real home, the home Caro's been dreaming of. But dreams never got anyone off Shakedown Street. Caro and Momma need luck, and they need cash, fast.


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About Jonathan Nasaw

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THE GIRLS HE ADORED marks a spectacular departure for JONATHAN NASAW, the author of the well-received horror thrillers West of the Moon (Franklin Watts, 1987), The World of Blood (Dutton/Signet, 1996), and Shadows (Dutton/Signet, 1997), as well as Shakedown Street, a novel for young adults (Delacorte/Bantam, 1993). He lives in Pacific Grove, California.
 
Published October 1, 1993 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 197 pages
Genres: Young Adult.

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Caro's voice doesn't ring true: she attempts to be savvy by describing how her mother's singing of ``Nothing could be finer...'' began to bother her at age four (``I think it was sort of a sex thing or something--nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina''), and while she's a good student, he...

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Caro, 13, and her sweet-natured, utterly naive mother have spent Caro's entire life drifting from one alternative community to the next. After financial fraud destroys their latest residence, Guru Gan

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Caro, 13, and her sweet-natured, utterly naive mother have spent Caro's entire life drifting from one alternative community to the next.

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