Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Almost Home by Joan Bauer

Sugar loves her home and her school in Missouri, especially her kind teacher Mr. Bennett.  Her mother has taught her to be grateful for many things and Sugar is, always taking time to write thank you letters to everyone who has helped her.  Although Sugar's mother has taught her to be sweet and grateful, she has one great downfall - she believes that her no-good gambling husband will always come and save the day even though he has disappeared yet again.  Reba believes so strongly in her husband that she ignores the many warnings from the bank until she loses Sugar's childhood home.  With nowhere else to go Reba moves them to Chicago to start over but once there she has a breakdown that leaves Sugar all alone again.  This is quite a serious book from Bauer without her usual magical, homespun wisdoms.  Sugar's problems are realistic and her reaction to them also ring true.  I didn't enjoy it as much as her other books but I think that several students would find themselves in there.