AUDIO | Homelessness is a huge problem in North America – and all over the world. But who is homeless? Why? What is being done to address the situation? What can I do? These questions and many more are addressed in Shelter, a book for readers aged nine to 12 and the adults in their lives.

This Orca Think nonfiction book aimed at middle-grade readers is an important and well-intentioned guide to homelessness that provides facts and statistics from across the United States and Canada.” Nanaimo author Lois Peterson says homelessness is an issue that matters to her because it’s “the hardest proof we live in very inequitable society.” The former homeless-shelter employee (Peterson was executive director of Nanaimo’s Unitarian shelter) shares the personal stories of people who live on the street — and the adults and kids who are helping them.

Lois Peterson spoke with People First Radio about Shelter.
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Curiosity rather than judgement – Lois Peterson on her new children’s book Shelter, and her perspective as a former shelter director and librarian