Nomination: Runaway Girl: Escaping Life on the Streets, One Helping Hand at a Time

Phelps, Carissa. Runaway Girl: Escaping Life on the Streets, One Helping Hand At a Time. 2012. 320p. Viking Adult, $26.95 (978-0670023721). Gr.10-up.

In her memoir, attorney, motivational speaker, and youth advocate Carissa Phelps details her raw experiences as a teen runaway and prostitute on the streets. Phelps overcomes major obstacles to earn her MBA and law degree; she counsels at-risk youth and homeless teens, and also works to better the lives of survivors of sex trafficking.

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