Almost Home by Nora Raleigh Baskin

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welve-year-old Leah Baer has been shuffled to and from various households for years, but now she is back at her father's house with his new wife. Although this move seems as if it might be a lasting one, Leah feels out of place both at home and at school. Then an unconventional boy named Will befriends her and persuades Leah to try acting to express her emotions. As Leah begins to learn more about herself she also gradually finds out what it means to be home.

About Nora Raleigh Baskin

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Nora Raleigh Baskin grew up in Brooklyn and New Paltz, New York. She now lives in Connecticut with her husband and two sons.
Published May 7, 2003 by Little, Brown Young Readers. 192 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As Leah tries to cope with her mounting incomplete schoolwork, writes unanswered letters to her mother, tests boundaries with Gail, and befriends Will, another loner, readers gradually learn about the woman who raised Leah after her mother died and about her inseparable bond with her sister.

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Rather than dwelling on the complex, ultimately unanswerable questions of why Leah was left by her father (after his divorce from Karen) and then by Karen, the author focuses on the day-to-day conflicts Leah experiences in a new household.

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