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  Almost Home by Joan Bauer

Review by: Rylee V.
Kentucky, Grade 5

Almost Home is about a young girl who loses her home. The main characters are Sugar, Reba, Shush, Lexie, and Mac. Sugar is in the sixth grade living with her mother, Reba. Her father is not around. When Reba loses her job, she gets behind on the house payments. Sugarís grandfather has always helped them, but he had passed away. Reba and Sugar are suddenly homeless. A little girl is unable to keep her puppy Shush so she gives him to Sugar. After staying in a shelter for several months, Sugar, Reba, and her dog Shush head to Chicago in search of a job for Reba. Things are not much better in Chicago. The stress of no job and no place to go causes Reba to become hospitalized. Sugar and Shush are taken to a group house. My favorite part is when Sugar finally catches a break and is taken in by wonderful foster parents, Lexie and Mac. Sugar has a very large interest in writing. Throughout the book are Sugarís writings.

. I related to this book because my friendís father has been in and out of her life just like Sugarís, which makes me have a text-to-self connection with this book. Overall I really liked this book because it really touched my heart. I felt so bad for Sugar and canít imagine what all she went through. I think we should all realize there may be someone just like Sugar around us. I recommend this book so that others my age can see how a homeless girl could have so much hope and strength during tough situations. I admire how she was able to make the best out of the bad situations she went through. Read this book to find out if Sugar and her mom find a home.

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