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Author Phelps, Carissa.

Title Runaway girl : escaping life on the streets, one helping hand at a time / Carissa Phelps with Larkin Warren.

Imprint New York : Viking, 2012.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Casa Verdugo Library Non-Fiction    92 Phelps,C PHE    Lost
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    92 Phelps,C PHE    Available
 GDL Central Library Teen Non-Fiction    92 Phelps,C PHE    Available
Description 311 p. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 295-311).
Summary In this book is a story of triumph and a fierce determination to give back. The author was a runner. By twelve, she had run away from home, dropped out of school, and fled blindly into the arms of a brutal pimp, who made her walk the hard streets of central California. But even when she escaped him, she could not outrun the crushing inner pain of abuse, neglect, and abandonment. With little to hope for, she expected to end up in prison, or worse. But then her life was transformed through the unexpected kindness of a teacher and a counselor. Miraculously, by the time she turned thirty, she had accomplished the unimaginable, graduating from UCLA with both a law degree and an MBA. She had left the streets behind, yet her path would eventually draw her back, this time working to help homeless and at-risk youth find their own paths to a better life. This is her own story, the tale of a girl who lost herself and survived, against all odds, through the generosity of strangers. It is an inspiring true story about finding the courage to run toward healing and summoning the strength to light the way for others.
Subject Phelps, Carissa.
Runaway children -- California -- Biography.
Sexually abused children -- California -- Biography.
Prostitution -- California.
Added Author Warren, Larkin.
ISBN 9780670023721

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