Sugar Mae Cole has to
overcome so many things in life. Her father, whom she calls Mr. Leeland, is a
gambler, and her mom must try to make ends meet. The one place she loves to be
is school. Sugar’s teacher, Mr. Bennett, really inspires her. Her writing takes
off while she's in his class, and it's an outlet that helps her to sort out
her emotions. Sugar tries to appreciate life and thinks things will work out until
her mother can’t pay their bills, and they lose their house. They move in with
some relatives for a couple of weeks and then to a shelter. It seems family
only wants you for so long when you are homeless. Now Sugar has to go to a new
school and, most of the time, her mother needs mothering. Sugar
has to act like an adult. Each day she thinks about how hard her life is, but
she finds the strength inside herself to face each day. When Sugar’s mom has a
breakdown and the police are called, Sugar’s life becomes even more uncertain.
Thank goodness for Lexie and Mac who take her in as a foster child. Living away
from her mom is a big change. Will Lexie and Mac prove themselves to Sugar?
Will Sugar ever be able to live with her mom again? How will Sugar stay
positive in the face of so much uncertainty? You must read this heartwarming
story to see how everything works out and to learn to appreciate what you have
wonderful Claudine from CarryUsOff
Books introduced me to Almost Home
by Joan Bauer. I am so glad I didn't miss it! What a story! Sugar is so full of
positive energy that I wish I knew her and could help to shield her from the
world. Not that she needs it, she finds strength from within. Still, she
deserves to have a life with a lot less stress. Each day she tries to look for the positive and is thankful for the
people who come into her life, no matter what lesson they teach her. Her dog, Shush,
comes to her accidentally, but Sugar finds creative ways to take care of him.
Shush sure does help those around him. I felt bad for Sugar that she had to
grow up so soon. No child should know what it is like to be homeless or have to
parent their parent. Her attitude inspired me. I also loved the thank you notes
she wrote throughout the book. When I
learned about her painting doors to make the world a brighter place- I wanted
to paint my door! How fun! This is a
story I recommend to kids in grades three and up. Adults will love this story,
too. Without a doubt this is a book you
don’t want to miss! I look forward to reading more from this author!
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