Almost Home

Almost Home Newbery Honor winner Joan Bauer s new novel will touch your heartWhen twelve year old Sugar s grandfather dies and her gambling father takes off yet again Sugar and her mother lose their home in Miss

Newbery Honor winner Joan Bauer s new novel will touch your heartWhen 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 beNewbery Honor winner Joan Bauer s new novel will touch your heartWhen 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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  1. From joanbauer jbbiomlJuly 12, 1951 I was born at eleven A.M a most reasonable time, my mother often said, and when the nurse put me in my mother s arms for the first time I had both a nasty case of the hiccups and no discernible forehead it s since grown in I ve always believed in comic entrances.As I grew up in River Forest, Illinois, in the 1950 s, I seem to remember an early fascination with things that were funny I thought that people who could make other people laugh were terribly fortunate While my friends made their career plans, declaring they would become doctors, nurses, and lawyers, inwardly I knew that I wanted to be involved somehow in comedy This, however, was a difficult concept to get across in first grade But I had a mother with a great comic sense she was a high school English teacher and a grandmother who had been a funny professional storyteller, so I figured the right genes were in there somewhere, although I didn t always laugh at what my friends laughed at and they rarely giggled at my jokes That, and the fact that I was overweight and very tall, all made me feel quite different when I was growing up a bit like a musk ox at a tea party.My grandmother, who I called Nana, had the biggest influence on me creatively She taught me the importance of stories and laughter She never said, Now I m going to tell you a funny story, she d just tell a story, and the humor would naturally flow from it because of who she was and how she and her characters saw the world She showed me the difference between derisive laughter that hurts others and laughter that comes from the heart She showed me, too, that stories help us understand ourselves at a deep level She was a keen observer of people.I kept a diary as a child, was always penning stories and poems I played the flute heartily, taught myself the guitar, and wrote folk songs For years I wanted to be a comedienne, then a comedy writer I was a voracious reader, too, and can still remember the dark wood and the green leather chairs of the River Forest Public Library, can hear my shoes tapping on the stairs going down to the children s room, can feel my fingers sliding across rows and rows of books, looking through the card catalogs that seemed to house everything that anyone would ever need to know about in the entire world My parents divorced when I was eight years old, and I was devastated at the loss of my father I pull from that memory regularly as a writer Every book I have written so far has dealt with complex father issues My dad was an alcoholic and the pain of that was a shadow that followed me for years, but I ve learned things from that experience that have made me resilient I attempted to address those issues in Rules of the Road, and I took them even further in the companion book, Best Foot Forward The theme that I try to carry into all of my writing is this adversity, if we let it, will make us stronger.In my twenties, I worked in sales and advertising for the Chicago Tribune, McGraw Hill, WLS Radio, and Parade Magazine I met my husband Evan, a computer engineer, while I was on vacation Our courtship was simple He asked me to dance I said no We got married five months later in August, 1981 But I was not happy in advertising sales, and I had a few ulcers to prove it With Evan s loving support, I decided to try my hand at professional writing I wish I could say that everything started falling into place, but it was a slow, slow build writing newspaper and magazine articles for not much money My daughter Jean was born in July of 82 She had the soul of a writer even as a baby I can remember sitting at my typewriter I didn t have a computer back then writing away with Jean on a blanket on the floor next to me If my writing was bad that day, I d tear that page out of the typewriter and hand it to her Bad paper, I d say and Jean would r

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  1. 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 [...]


  2. Let s all take a moment to appreciate the cover of ALMOST HOME First, and most importantly, the adorable puppy But it s appropriate for the intended audience without alienating crossover audiences It could be the cover of a women s fiction or chick lit novel as easily as a middle grade one Classy.Now, the blurb and press release had me running for the hills A girl named Sugar Mae Cole becomes homeless and goes into foster care with her rescue dog Shush It sounds like a recipe for a treacly after [...]


  3. 2.5 Summary From 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, Su [...]


  4. I picked up Almost Home from the library intending my ten year old to read it What an adorable puppy on the cover So I flipped through the book as I always do when I am not familiar the the story, and I ended up reading the book myself I immediately heard the voice of CeeCee Honeycutt of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman ringing loud and clear in the sixth grade protagonist Sugar Mae Cole Almost Home s storyline is comparable to Saving CeeCee Honeycutt in its tone and family dysfunction Wh [...]


  5. Once, long ago, a girl lost her home, but she didn t lose her dream She hung onto it as the wind kept trying to blow it away, But that just made it stronger The genre of Almost Home is Realistic Fiction I absolutely loved this book The setting takes place in Missouri and then in Chicago Sugar and her mom, Reba have to get out of their house by Friday because Reba can t pay the mortgage on the house Sugar s grandfather, King Cole, dies and Sugar still thinks about him and writes many poems Before [...]


  6. Don t let the cover full you There is nothing over the top fluffy about the tale of a spunky, spirited, scared twelve year old whose father is a jerk and whose mother needs the jerk in her life than needing to provide stability for her daughter.There is nothing soft and fuzzy about a mother who is emotionally, mentally unstable and whose actions lead to homelessness for herself and her daughter.Highly recommended This is a poignant, honest look at how very strong young children can be under inc [...]


  7. I loved Almost Home It was just so interesting because I have never even seen a book about homeless girls Joan Bauer s idea was simply original My favourite part was when Sugar started going around to people s houses painting their door vibrant colours such as purple, red and orange Sugar s story is so sad I was almost crying at one point When all of her and Reba s her mother stuff was moved out on to the street by the sheriff when he was taking their house away When I was reading Sugar s poems [...]


  8. I loved Almost Home It is about a girl named Sugar, her mom, Reba, and her dog, Shush They are homeless and Reba is very depressed They go through many hard struggles Will they get through these hard times, and find a home I liked this book because it was very inspirational I did not like this book because it was sad at some parts Throughout this book, it made me feel sad, happy, and scared People who like sad but inspirational books would like this book This book reminded me of Echo.


  9. I have tried to read this book multiple times, but I kept putting it down before I finished it I m glad that I did because it was pretty good There was one problem that I had with it but it wasn t a really big deal As I was reading there were some very important moments the effected the story a lot, but they always went by so fast An example would be, she was reunited with someone but the entrance consist of a few sentences that were not informing at all.I honestly would have enjoyed the entranc [...]



  10. Do you like to read heart warming book s If so this is a prefect book for you ,that will have you running for a box of tissues This is a realistic fiction and a heart warming story that will touch your heart spoiler alert This story takes place in Missouri and Chicago and the reason why it takes place in two different setting is because sugar who is the main character first lived in Missouri in the beginning of the story then sugar became homeless and moved to Chicago to have a fresh start This [...]


  11. Even though this one has a dog on the cover, I knew I had to read it because it is Joan Bauer I trust Bauer I do I trust her books to be good if not great Almost Home did not disappoint It was a compelling read, an emotional one For the heroine, Sugar Mae Cole, goes through some tough things She s such a wonderful, lovable heroine I loved the fact that writing was one of the ways she coped, loved to see her writing and sharing poetry, loved the fact that she was able to stay connected with her s [...]


  12. I loved it It was a pretty much perfect book I started it and finished it in one night The poetry was really good and I loved the characters Sugar Mae Cole was so awesome She was really nice to everyone even though she was homeless, her dad was an alcoholic, and her mom was having mental problems, she was so sweet and I don t usually use that word, but I feel like it is the only way to describe her to everyone she meets I loved the notes she wrote to people It was kind of funny when she wrote no [...]


  13. I just finished Blue Balliett s Hold Fast, and have read One for The Murphy s by Linda Mullahy Hunt, a favorite last year This book by Joan Bauer is another treasure about being homeless, so much to share about the feelings and experiences one has that I hadn t thought about When Sugar, the main character, is told to go out there and set the world on fire , she replies, Yes, ma am, I will but further thoughts reveal Every time she said it, I felt a little candle trying to light in my heart It s [...]


  14. A book about homelessness from the veiw point of a 6th grader who unexpectedly find herself in this predicament Could be paired with Also Known as Harper, How To Steal A Dog, Waiting For Normal, Dicey s Song, Hound Dog True, and Keeping Safe the Stars Not finished reading to come later I love Sugar s voice and the fact that she uses writing as an escape from her homelessness Sugar is handed a blow when she and her mother find themselves homeless Things go from bad to worse quickly as Sugar s mo [...]


  15. This is the moving and powerful story of a young girl with everything stacked against her Sugar and her mother become homeless as a result of her father s gambling and her mother s enabling behavior Her father disappears as usual and she and her mother move to Chicago following a promised job offer This story proves how hard it is to get back on your feet once you ve hit rock bottom Sugar is put in foster care when her mother is sent to the hospital Both of them begin the process of healing, wit [...]


  16. This was a well written book which addresses a lot of life issues It s a great book for middle school kids to read as it deals with homelessness, alcoholism and drugs with honesty The way Sugar feels about her homelessness is very tangible, and the way she overcomes her adversity is uplifting I appreciated her use of language and poetry and the important role that her teacher played in her life even when Sugar moved away and attended a different school There are a lot of touching parts in the bo [...]


  17. Oh My God If there were ever a time NOT to judge a book by its cover, this would be it I stared at the painfully girly puppy on this book for weeks, dreading what I might find on its pages It turns out, Almost Home made me cry than I care to admit, and my heart soared for Sugar Mae Cole, the deserving protagonist Bauer takes on homelessness and family dysfunction like no other, and I think anyone can see at least a little of themselves in one or two characters Reba, Sugar s mom, is hard not to [...]



  18. This book is probably my favorite of all time, partly because Alyssa and I read it together and we were both obsessed with it.


  19. I thought this was just a fantastic book There were some parts that kind of made me mad, but the other parts made it worth it to read I lovvveeeeeee the main character, Sugar, because she is so strong, kind, and tough She went through so many things that I couldn t even ever imagine People say they know what it feels like, but you don t unless you have walked in their shoes That phrase is so very true I go to that phrase a lot, because you don t know what could be going on The night before the l [...]


  20. This book will forever be in my heart It is beautiful, sad, emotional, and an all around amazing read The author, Joan Bauer, is still one of my favorite authors to this day I love Sugar, and her narration is funny, light hearted, and she was humorous even when things got tough I read this book very fast it s a pretty quick read , and it remains one of my favorite books to this day After you read this, you ll feel like you need to go to Home Depot, by some paints, and paint your door the brighte [...]


  21. Bauer does not shy away from tough topics Listened to this one and found it caught my interest from the very beginning and held it throughout I tried to imagine myself reading this aloud to a class would have to be very aware of who students are and situations they are facing This goes beyond homelessness Some very positive, memorable pieces throughout I absolutely love the main character, 12 year old, Sugar And what s not to love about a puppy named SHHH.


  22. I read this book while was home sick Friday and the weekend and yesterday It was by far one of my favorite books because I could not stop reading I will say i thought it was a little said only because it was about a dog and anything about a dog makes me a a little said if they are are in a book or a movie Also a sad part was when the grandfather dies that just makes me really sad I think that this book would get 5 stars but i took one star away because some parts were sad and I would loose a lit [...]


  23. this is a story about a girl named Sugar Cole who lives in a small town called Round Lake.Sugar Mae Cole is a girl in 6th grade that gets bullied by this girl named Harper Wihelm.She is always picking on Sugar.Its really hard for her since her gtandfather recently died one thing i like about this character is that she never gives up and never gives up.



  24. The dog in this book was adorable I couldn t imagine all the moving and craziness she had to go through Good read about hardships, friendships, and of course Doggie


  25. When sugar s grandfather sadly passes away and her father that loves to gamble takes off again, and sugar and her mom lose their home in MIsssouri They go to Chicago to restart their life, and they meet an rescue dog named sush This is a really good book because of the storyline and how they try to get their life together I recommend this book to people who like reading about other people s life.


  26. Have you ever wondered how it would be if you were homeless Do you ever see homeless people on the streets Maybe you don t because you are not looking close enough This is a realistic fiction story that is really heart felt, and will make you feel bad about the actions you do.This story takes place in Missouri and Chicago This story is about a young girl named Sugar Who lives with her mother that is struggling with paying the bills Sugar has a father who gambles and is never home and a grandfath [...]


  27. Two reviews in one day What a treat I started this book, so kindly lent to me by a dear friend Here I am a few months later, with those last few pages finally read through and appreciated Never did I think I d see a book with such a gentle prose, kindred execution, and tense subject matter Never did I think a book aimed for age groups far from my usual realm would offer such a sense of fondness Never did I think a book like this would make my eyes water on than one fruitful occasion At first, I [...]


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