Non-Fiction: Shelter

Author Illustrator Publisher
Lois Peterson Taryn Gee Orca

An informative survey of the causes of homelessness and what people and countries are doing to address the problem.

Shelter is a title in the Orca Think series which deals with current social issues. The author explains why people are homeless, what kind of people they are and how governments and organisations are trying to find solutions to this problem. Peterson uses personal problems of various street people to make the issue come alive to readers and explains why everyone deserves a safe place to call home. 


  • What would you take with you if you had to live in a car?
  • Are all homeless people drug addicts or alcoholics?
  •  Do you think all homeless people are able to work?
  •  What do you think homeless people need the most?
  •  How would you try to help homeless people?  


SD20 Webster Elementary Red Cedar Readers

I thought Shelter was a good book. Shelter is a book about homelessness, the cause of homelessness, how other people have helped and how you can help. I liked this book because it busted a lot of myths about homelessness and taught me good ways to help homeless people. I would recommend this book to people aged 10 and up who like nonfiction.

Shelter was a very descriptive and informational book. It had great text features and had many different perspectives. It made me think about what it would be like to be homeless and what I would do in their shoes. If you would like to learn more about homelessnes, this is the book for you.

This book really opened my eyes. It made me realize how homelessness is actually caused and what the homeless people actually go through.This book tells you things you can do to help and other things for you to be aware of when you see someone who is homeless. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone because you can find homlessness almost everywhere and it’s a big problem that needs more people to be aware of. Overall, I enjoyed learning from this book.

This book wasn’t my favorite. This book is about homlessness and what we can do to stop it from happening. This book made me more grateful for everything I have. It has some good information too. I rate this book a ⅗.

The Red Cedar book, Shelter, is a well written book all about homelessness. I would not say that it is a happy book, but it is very educational and the pages are well set up. I learned a lot about homelessness from this book. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read information books or books about some of the world’s problems. The age range for this book in my opinion is about ages ten and up.