Almost Home

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Penguin, Sep 13, 2012 - Juvenile Fiction - 288 pages
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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.

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User Review  - katelyndraper - LibraryThing

This beautifully written novel follows Sugar, a very confident and intelligent, little girl. Her father who has a gambling addiction has left her and her mom, Reba, again. This time the consequences ... Read full review

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User Review  - smheatherly2 - LibraryThing

Great realistic fiction story about finding yourself and what home really means. Sugar just wants a place where she feels safe and loved. Her dad is not one to be counted on and he is also her mother ... Read full review

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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 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.

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