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The Stolen Year: How COVID Changed Children's Lives, and Where We Go Now

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An NPR education reporter shows how the pandemic disrupted children’s lives—and how our country has nearly always failed to put our children first The onset of COVID broke a 150-year social contract between America and its children. Tens of millions of students lost what little support they had from the government—not just school but food, heat, and physical and emotional An NPR education reporter shows how the pandemic disrupted children’s lives—and how our country has nearly always failed to put our children first The onset of COVID broke a 150-year social contract between America and its children. Tens of millions of students lost what little support they had from the government—not just school but food, heat, and physical and emotional safety. The cost was enormous. But this crisis began much earlier than 2020. In The Stolen Year, Anya Kamenetz exposes a long-running indifference to the plight of children and families in American life and calls for a reckoning. She follows families across the country as they live through the pandemic, facing loss and resilience: a boy with autism in San Francisco who gains a foster brother and a Hispanic family in Texas that loses a member to COVID, and finds solace when they need it most. Kamenetz also recounts the history that brought us to this point: how we thrust children and caregivers into poverty, how we over-police families of color, how we rely on mothers instead of infrastructure. And how our government, in failing to support our children through this tumultuous time, has stolen years of their lives.


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An NPR education reporter shows how the pandemic disrupted children’s lives—and how our country has nearly always failed to put our children first The onset of COVID broke a 150-year social contract between America and its children. Tens of millions of students lost what little support they had from the government—not just school but food, heat, and physical and emotional An NPR education reporter shows how the pandemic disrupted children’s lives—and how our country has nearly always failed to put our children first The onset of COVID broke a 150-year social contract between America and its children. Tens of millions of students lost what little support they had from the government—not just school but food, heat, and physical and emotional safety. The cost was enormous. But this crisis began much earlier than 2020. In The Stolen Year, Anya Kamenetz exposes a long-running indifference to the plight of children and families in American life and calls for a reckoning. She follows families across the country as they live through the pandemic, facing loss and resilience: a boy with autism in San Francisco who gains a foster brother and a Hispanic family in Texas that loses a member to COVID, and finds solace when they need it most. Kamenetz also recounts the history that brought us to this point: how we thrust children and caregivers into poverty, how we over-police families of color, how we rely on mothers instead of infrastructure. And how our government, in failing to support our children through this tumultuous time, has stolen years of their lives.

41 review for The Stolen Year: How COVID Changed Children's Lives, and Where We Go Now

  1. 4 out of 5

    Juli

    This was such a painful but important topic to read about. Very well written I couldn't put it down. This was such a painful but important topic to read about. Very well written I couldn't put it down.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    Everyone must read this book. The pandemic was difficult for all, but especially for kids. While reading The Stolen Year you will join Anya on a journey meeting different families and children as she uncovers the affects the pandemic has had on our youth and what it means for their future. The Stolen Year is a compelling, well-written book you won’t be able to put down. Highly recommend!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Schultz

    This is a moving, enraging, powerful, and much needed look at how the COVID 19 pandemic--and responses to it--upended children's lives in the US, especially those from the most vulnerable backgrounds. Many thanks to PublicAffairs and NetGalley for a digital review copy in exchange for an honest review. This is a moving, enraging, powerful, and much needed look at how the COVID 19 pandemic--and responses to it--upended children's lives in the US, especially those from the most vulnerable backgrounds. Many thanks to PublicAffairs and NetGalley for a digital review copy in exchange for an honest review.

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