Almost Home by Joan Bauer
12 year old Sugar Mae Cole’s grandfather dies, and is very sad, yet goes on with her life. As soon as she thought life couldn’t be any worse, it got worse Sugar and her mom, Reba, lost their house in Missouri. Sugar’s mom is in debt because her dad took all their money and left them with nothing. This is how they lost their house. Reba makes a quick trip to the grocery store with Sugar, and expected the unexpected. This little girl gives Sugar a puppy named Shush, and hurries off, leaving Sugar there holding the puppy very confused. After that, Sugar and her mom are forced to evacuate their house, leaving many memories behind. Now they are moving from homeless shelters to homeless houses.
My favorite part of the book would have to be when the little girl gives Sugar the puppy. It was a nice sweet moment to see a new addition to the family, by surprise. I would definitely recommend this book to a middle-school audience. The book Almost Home by Joan Bauer should definitely be kept in the library. The story is great for kids to learn to move on with their life, because it’s not the end of the world if a loved one passes away, or if you lose something very important to you. It’s the start of a new beginning. Sugar and her mom learned to live with nothing but a puppy, and in a homeless shelter. This book is 5 stars. Leyla L.; Teen Reviewer