Gr 7-10-- The subject of the homeless in this land of plenty has loomed large as a national disgrace. Hyde offers here a basic introduction which defines the problem and suggests solutions. First, dispelling the myth that most homeless people choose to be homeless, Hyde outlines the horrid conditions of living without shelter. Lack of good medical care, poor diet, and exposure to the elements prove to be overwhelming obstacles to a person without the most basic need, a home. The homeless are often mentally ill or teenage runaways. Yet an increasing number of families, and thus children, have no place to call home. Suggested solutions include the construction of more low-cost housing, better screening of mental patients before release, and increased involvement of community volunteers. This is a simple and accessible book which provides a number of brief but heart-rending examples to demonstrate the personal dimensions of the problem. This volume would be good to use with Elaine Landau's more emotional The Homeless (Messner, 1987). The black-and-white photos are evocative but not essential. The ``How to Give or Get Help'' section is quite useful. --Steve Matthews, Foxcroft School, Middleburg, Va.