In the brown house, Claire and Wes were home. But home turned to nowhere and nowhere turned to anywhere. Then somewhere finally came, and finally, always. This lyrical story is timely and thoughtful, depicting the life of two children thrust into homelessness and uncertain housing situations as they move out of their house, to a motel, to a shelter, and finally another more permanent home. Throughout, the duo is challenged by uncomfortable new places and inquiries from strangers, but ultimately, never lose their optimism or determination. They have each other, no matter at home, nowhere, anywhere, or somewhere--always. Includes a poignant Reader's Note on how homelessness affects children and what we can do to help.
Tonya Lippert, PhD, LCSW, runs mental health therapy groups at Kaiser Permanente and is the co-author of a book on ADHD as well as the author of the children's book Goodbye, School. She herself keeps saying "Hello, School," as she previously worked as a visiting psychology professor at Reed College and is currently working on her JD at Case Western Reserve University. Except when traveling for school or other reasons, she can be found at her Portland, OR house, which is nearly 110 years old. Visit tonyalippert.blog and @tlipk on Twitter. Andrea Stegmaier is an illustrator and architect with a passion for children's books. She draws digital and traditional, straight lines and wonky lines, serious and funny things, animals and people, houses and plants, simply everything. She lives in a small old row house in Stuttgart, Germany. Visit andreastegmaier.com, @AndreaStegmaier on Twitter, and @Andrea_Stegmaier on Instagram.