my story as a homeless youth
by Maria Fabian with Fred Smith
"Excellent for school employees! However, I would recommend it for all citizens. Maria's story is truly inspiring."
High School Social Worker
Kansas City, MO
For most high school students, senior year is a joyous time filled with unforgettable memories.
For Maria Fabian, senior year marked the time she lived alone in an abandoned apartment with no electricity, heat or running water.
This is the story of a homeless youth told through the eyes of a trampled soul who found the courage to believe and the strength to come forward so others may finally understand a problem that our society can no longer ignore.
More Praise for Invisible Innocence
"If you work in a school or just have a concern about youth in America this book is a must read. I have been an educator for over 22 years and after reading this book I wondered how many of the smiling faces I greeted each and everyday were struggling like Maria. This epidemic must be stopped in America. Thank you to Maria and Fred for bring this story out so people can be aware and take action."
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"To read Maria's words on pages, just makes a heart hurt. To have met Maria and hear her words in person, makes your entire being hurt. Not having a childhood anything like she endured, just makes it all unimaginable. As a child, having family members treat her so rudely, is just sickening. She had to suffer alone....how sad that was. Today, she's a very appreciative young woman who works hard and deserves a life filled with true love and caring. May her journey bring her an abundance of good things."
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"Maria has an amazing story to tell. I ended up buying a class set of this book to read with my students. It's a great book that teaches a lot of important life lessons."