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  Almost Home by Joan Bauer

Review by: Kendra L.
Colorado, Grade 6

Some of the problems could or couldn't be very realistic.

I would recommend Almost Home to middle schoolers. Almost Home is about a girl named Sugar, and her family. Sugarís father abandoned the family, only coming back if the refrigerator was full of food and beer. He only cared about his job as a gambler. Sugarís Mom, Reba, and grandfather, King Cole, however, are different. To them, family is everything. They raised Sugar, until King Cole died. Their debts started building, and their bank account growing empty. They lost the house and was living at shelters. Until things start turning around. The best thing that happened to them was getting Shush, a quiet puppy. He does so much for them. You wonít believe all the other good things that come after that.

I love Almost Home because you can connect with all of the characters very easily, even if you have never been in their shoes. I also really like the way the characters were realistic, defeating their problems one step at a time.

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