The Book of the Week is Breaking Night by Liz Murray. It’s a 2011 Alex Award winner!
Murray is famous for going from “homeless to Harvard” and now she’s sharing her story in this amazing memoir. She was born to loving but drug-addicted parents in the Bronx. In school she was teased constantly for her dirty clothes and lice-infested hair. She was soon skipping so much school that she was placed in a halfway house for girls. By fifteen she was out on the streets, getting food out of trash cans and riding the subway all night to keep warm. How did she make it off the streets and all the way to Harvard and beyond? There’s only one way to find out – read Breaking Night! If you enjoyed The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, you are sure to enjoy this similar story of triumphing over adversity.