Title Profile & Character Information

Almost Home

Annotation
Newbery Honor winner Joan Bauer's new novel will touch your heart

When twelve-year-old Sugar's grandfather dies and her gambling father takes off yet again, Sugar and her mother lose their home in Missouri. They head to Chicago for a fresh start, only to discover that fresh starts aren't so easy to come by for the homeless. Nevertheless, Sugar's mother has taught her to be grateful no matter what, so Sugar does her best. With the help of a rescue dog, Shush; a foster family; a supportive teacher; a love of poetry; and her own grace and good humor, Sugar comes to understand that while she can't control the hand life deals her, she can control how she responds.


Characters
NameSugar
GenderGirl
TraitHomeless

GenreFiction
Domestic
TopicsLife changes
Gambling debts
Abandoned families
Life choices
Parents
Mothers and daughters
Orphans
SettingChicago, Illinois
Illinois