Almost Home by Joan BauerAlmost Home by Joan Bauer

Almost Home

byJoan Bauer

Paperback | August 29, 2013

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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.
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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Title:Almost HomeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 7.75 × 5.13 × 0.73 inPublished:August 29, 2013Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0142427489

ISBN - 13:9780142427484

Reviews

Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meaningful Sugar has lost her father and her house. Fortunately, she still has her mom—although she doesn’t act like a mother—and a furry friend, although she doesn’t have a home for him either. Thanks to her gambler of a father, she and her mom are now homeless. Eventually, she is placed into a home, with people that are good to her and help her and her mother see the truth, but before that, she experiences what it’s like to have no place to go. No kid should experience that. It’s a strong story. Maybe because Sugar is always trying to be so positive, it never made me cry, but it tugged at my heart nonetheless. The way Sugar speaks about people looking at you but not seeing you should not be something children think about. Dream! Laugh! Scream! Run! Sugar will not. Yes, Sugar doesn’t have it easy. She’s been forced to be the grown up, now that her mom—who she calls by her first name—has given up on fixing things. Sugar is an inspirational box. You just never know what she will open your eyes to next. She writes these cute poems that make it easier to share her own feelings. I should not have read this book right after finishing HOPE WAS HERE and CLOSE TO FAMOUS by the same author, because the heroines have such similar voices, especially Sugar and Foster. I wasn’t as invested as I could have been. I guess I need variety. Plus this book reminds me a lot of ONE FOR THE MURPHYS which, coincidently, was published by Puffin Books also. But I would recommend it for sure. Who knows how (good) differently I would have reacted to it, had I read this before the books mentioned above.
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book! This story is so sad, but the main character is always positive. I highly recommend it!
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh It was okay but i was expecting so much more. I had my eye on this book for a while and finally bit the bullet. i was disappointed...
Date published: 2017-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Almost home It about thi girl thats in sixth graade and her mom is having troubles paying off the bills while she is waitng for er mom this little girl comes running up to her with something wraped in a blanket they loose there home annd are in an out of different group homes and finnally made some friends and the mom found a job! love it!!!
Date published: 2015-01-09

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I had a long night. I kept getting out of bed and walking through the house, remembering when we moved here after Reba and Mr. Leeland got divorced the first time. I was in second grade, and King Cole and Reba scraped together all they had and bought this house together. We were so proud to have our own little place. We painted the front door emerald green. It wasn’t the best paint job, but I remember going through that door and feeling my life was fresh and new and all the shadows from Mr. Leeland’s gambling were behind us. King Cole and I painted the wooden fence white and we fixed the cement steps. Reba and I planted peonies in the garden, and she repaired the rips in the screen door with clear nail polish. Mr. Leeland lived with us a few times, but he never stayed for long. He only cared if there was food and beer in the refrigerator, but me, Reba, and King Cole took care of this house with everything we had.            How could we be losing it?

Editorial Reviews

Close to Famous: Winner of the ALA Schneider Family Book Award, Christopher Award, Judy Lopez Memorial Prize, An Amazon Top Ten Middle Grade Book, a YALSA/ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults pick; Hope Was Here: Newbery Honor Book, Christopher Award, ALA Notable Book; Rules of the Road: Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Golden Kite Award, ALA Notable Book, Best Book for Young Adults.