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Maya's life has always been chaotic. Living with a con-man dad, she's spent half her life on the run. Whenever her father's schemes go wrong, Maya finds a scientific way to fix it. But when her dad ends up in prison and foster care fails, Maya grasps at her last possible hope of a home: a long-lost aunt, who may not even exist.

So Maya formulates a plan, and with her wits, two unlikely allies, and twenty dollars in her pocket, she sets off in search of this aunt, navigating the unpredictable four hundred miles from Reno to Boise. Life on the streets, though, becomes a struggle for survival--those scientific laws Maya has relied on her whole life just don't apply. And with each passing day, Maya's definitions of right and wrong are turned upside down when she's confronted with the realities and dangers of life as a runaway. She can't help but wonder if trying to find her aunt--and some semblance of stability--is worth the harrowing journey or if she should compromise and find a way to survive on her own.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 452 pages
  • 139.7 x 180.34 x 40.64mm | 408.23g
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0061728497
  • 9780061728495
  • 1,266,674

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Maya's narrative of youngster's who have slipped through the cracks is both heart wrenching and hopeful. An absorbing tale.--Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
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431 ratings
3.85 out of 5 stars
5 30% (130)
4 37% (159)
3 23% (98)
2 9% (37)
1 2% (7)

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Maya loves science. She approaches every situation first with a \"hypothesis\" and then a plan of action. Her life is filled with situations that need her attention. Raised by a single father after her mother\'s suicide, Maya has been shifted from place to place as her father has \"hustled\" to make a living for them. He was caught in his last con-game, and now he\'s in prison and Maya has become part of the system. As the newest resident in the orphanage, Maya\'s latest \"hypothesis\" is focused on escape. She puts her plan into action when she learns she may be headed to live with an odd, overly-religious family. Her brief visit with them made her extremely uncomfortable, and she knows she doesn\'t have much time before she could be living with them permanently. She packs her few possessions and, following her father\'s vague instructions, heads back to the last place she called home to find a box of her mother\'s things that supposedly holds valuable information about an aunt who might be her last chance for a real home. Maya is joined by Nicole, another resident from the orphanage. Not long into their journey, they meet Klondike, a homeless street kid with a disfiguring burn and Tourette\'s syndrome. Together they begin the search for Maya\'s aunt. Life on the streets is tough. The three leave Reno behind by hitchhiking and bumming rides however they can. The little money they have doesn\'t last long, and as hunger sets in, they resort to raiding dumpsters and shoplifting. They sleep on the streets and try to warm up by stopping in libraries as Maya tries to gather information about her only surviving relative. Author Heidi Ayarbe does not glamorize life on the streets. Her story of Maya and friends is bleak and without much hope. Readers will be driven to read out of morbid curiosity as they observe the downward spiral of the three travelers. COMPROMISED gives insight into the increasing problem of the homeless and the sad fact that innocent children are among more
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