Saturday, September 7, 2013

Almost Home by Joan Bauer - ADVISABLE

Bauer, Joan Almost Home, 264 pgs.  Viking, 2012.  $16.99.  Language: G (0 swears, 0 "f"); Mature Content- PG; Violence: G; 

Sugar Mae Cole is a bright young woman who has had her share of difficult times. When her family is evicted from their home, they make their way to Chicago for a fresh start.  In Chicago, things go from bad to worse, but Sugar continues to believe there will be a brighter day even as she is separated from her mother and far from everything she knows.   With encouragement from her teacher back home, her grandfather's book of wisdom, and new friends, including puppy Shush, Sugar learns what it really means to come home.

Newberry Honor winning author, Joan Bauer has an easy to read, engaging style perfect for upper elementary and middle school students.  The story is dramatic and heartbreaking without being traumatic.  The story also provides a look into life in foster care and the issue of homelessness.  Almost Home is a lovely story of courage and perseverance.  It's an eye opening look into what it means to accept yourself and to make the best of the life's hard times. 

 EL, MS- ADVISABLE.  Reviewed by J. Hafen

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