Almost Home by Joan Bauer

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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 Joan Bauer

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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. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Published September 13, 2012 by Puffin. 273 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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Newbery Honor winner Bauer (Hope Was Here, 2000) has created one of her strongest young women yet in the character of Sugar, writer of thank-you notes and poetry, dog-walker, parent-educator and trust-trainer.

Jul 18 2012 | Read Full Review of Almost Home

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How pets can help us through the most difficult times.

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Publishers Weekly

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Twelve-year-old Sugar Mae Cole has had to act older than her age ever since her beloved grandfather died, and her father abandoned Sugar and her mother, Reba, yet again.

Aug 06 2012 | Read Full Review of Almost Home

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On the way to finding a home, Sugar writes poems…lots and lots of poems;

Dec 20 2012 | Read Full Review of Almost Home

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