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About the Book

Almost Home

A courageous girl loses her home, but she doesn’t lose her dream.

Sugar Mae Cole doesn’t often get downhearted, but lately it’s been a struggle to keep up her spirit. Newly homeless, Sugar, her mother Reba, and her beloved rescue dog, Shush, have come to Chicago to make a fresh start.  But it seems like everything goes wrong. Pouring her feelings into letters and poetry, Sugar is honest about her fear and confusion while holding tight to her dreams for a normal life… and learns to reach for the best she’s got during the worst time in her life.

  •  A Texas Lone Star Book
  •  A Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of 2013
  •  Nominated for seven state awards

“Sugar's anger, fear, humility, and resolve are portrayed with insight and compassion.”
-- Publishers Weekly

"Bauer's trademark humor lightens the serious subject matter, while Sugar's frank honesty will give young readers a glimpse at a situation affecting a growing number of children."
-- Booklist

"Sure to inspire"
-- Library Media Connection

"Newbery Honor winner Bauer has created one of her strongest young women yet..."
-- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Skillfully tells the tale of precocious and street-smart Sugar Mae Cole."
-- John Grogan, author of Marley and Me, for The New York Times

"Told with humor and pathos...a memorable novel..."
-- School Library Journal