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Almost Home

Joan Bauer

Twelve-year-old Sugar Mae Cole is a good kid with common sense. She needs strength and pluck in order to survive her mother’s breakdown and being evicted from her home. When she is placed in foster care Sugar finds comfort in her puppy, Shush, and in her new family. Told through first-person notes, emails, and poetry, Sugar is resilient and convincing. Newbery Honor-winner Bauer (Hope Was Here, 2000) adds humor and quirky supporting characters to a rich and complex story. Ages 9-11