Almost Home

By: Joan Bauer


Sugar Mae Cole is an ordinary kid who doesn't have much besides her loving relationship with her mom. Sugar is given a dog that is named Shush and they become great friends, through the hard times. Sugars mom loses their house and they end up living with their cousin. After a few weeks their cousins kick them out and they have to go to a homeless shelter. Reba (Sugar's mom) and Sugar head to Chicago to try and start a new life but Sugar finds out that her mom has no where to go. Reba gets sick so she goes to the hospital and Sugar ends up in a foster home, where she soon meets someone that changes her life for the better.

Joan Bauer

Bauer is the author of; Close to Famous, Hope Was Here, Pealed, etc. She writes about teens who face a struggle in life.

Main Characters


"If there is no struggle, there is no progress." ~Fredrick Douglass~

Quote: ALMOST HOME By: Sugar Mae Cole

Home isn't always a place you picture in your mind with furniture and cookies and music playing and people laughing.

Home is something you can carry around like a dream and let it grow in your heat until you're ready for it.

Losing things helps you appreciate when you lose things and finding things gives you hope that when you lose things it might not be forever.

Once, long ago, a girl lost her home, but she didn't lose her dream.

She hung on to it as the wind kept trying to blow it away,

but that made it stronger.

So now she has keys and walls of many colors and people around her who think she's something.

Pg. 257-258

Favorite Quote

"The struggle you're in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow."

By: Robert Tew


"This is a story about struggle."
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