Almost Home (Paperback)
Reviewed by Isabel T:
Twelve year old Sugar Mae Cole and her mother Reba Cole are the perfect family with their welcoming home in Missouri. But when they are forced to move to Chicago due to the bank, it feels to Sugar as if her whole world is falling apart. Reba has a humongous break-down and is put into the asylum and Sugar is sent into foster care with a dog named Shush. And Sugar is left with a humongous gap in her life, and her only way to fill it is to help others.
I think that Joan Bauer is a very interesting writer, because she makes you feel as you are actually in Sugar’s world, seeing every movement and smell, taste, sound. Also, you will connect with Sugar if you have been through tough times like these. All readers will be on the lookout for a helpful and cute dog like Shush. Joan Bauer is a Newberry award winning author and Almost Home is the best book that I have ever read because it has a great plot and storyline. Its genre is realistic fiction and I would recommend it to people in the tween area or teen area.
— From Palouse Prairie Student Book Reviews
Newbery Honor winner Joan Bauer's new novel will touch your heart
When twelve-year-old Sugar's grandfather dies and her gambling father takes off yet again, Sugar and her mother lose their home in Missouri. They head to Chicago for a fresh start, only to discover that fresh starts aren't so easy to come by for the homeless. Nevertheless, Sugar's mother has taught her to be grateful no matter what, so Sugar does her best. With the help of a rescue dog, Shush; a foster family; a supportive teacher; a love of poetry; and her own grace and good humor, Sugar comes to understand that while she can't control the hand life deals her, she can control how she responds.
About the Author
Joan Bauer has won critical acclaim for her many books, which include the Newbery Honor Book Hope Was Here as well as Rules of the Road, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and Close to Famous, winner of the Schneider Family Book Award, the Christopher Medal, and the Judy Lopez Memorial Prize. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Close to Famous: Winner of the ALA Schneider Family Book Award, Christopher Award, Judy Lopez Memorial Prize, An Amazon Top Ten Middle Grade Book, a YALSA/ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults pick; Hope Was Here: Newbery Honor Book, Christopher Award, ALA Notable Book; Rules of the Road: Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Golden Kite Award, ALA Notable Book, Best Book for Young Adults.