When last seen in our reading series, former New York Times reporter Tina Kelley was reading from her poetry collection, Gospel of Galore, which was a Washington State Book Award finalist. We welcome her return visit to Seattle with a new project, a book about six very resilient teenaged survivors of abuse, addiction, and abandonment who were helped by Covenant House, a nationwide network of homes serving homeless, trafficked, and runaway children. Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope (Wiley), written by Tina Kelley with Covenant House president Kevin Ryan, gives a snapshot of a larger story in which an estimated 1.6 million young people run away or are kicked out of their homes each year in the U.S. and Canada. "With narrative precision and journalistic detail, the heartbreaking trajectory from abandonment and abuse to teen homelessness is laid bare in this book ... The compassionately told stories of survival are almost miraculous." - Publishers Weekly.