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Grades 4 - 8Grades 2 - 8W3.743003
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.
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published on September 13, 2012 by Viking Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0670012890
ISBN-13: 9780670012893
46 Book Reviews
  • asdfghj12345678
    asdfghj12345678about 3 years55 stars
    I will say that I like this book even though I never read this book before
    • 13iamgroot
      13iamgrootabout 3 years33 stars
      This book was very good and I liked it a lot. I thought Sugar's dog Shush was really cute and helped to comfort Sugar in her times of need. I liked that Sugar always had someone to support her.
      • Karenabout 3 years
        Cool
        • butterfly223
          butterfly223about 3 years55 starsFeatured
          this book is about twelve-year-old Sugar Mae Cole 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.T he way the author writes this book makes it touch your heart make sure you read this book.
          • watercolrwonder
            watercolrwonderover 3 years55 stars
            I first discovered this book at a school book swap, and now I read it at least once a year. It's a very sad but uplifting story all at the same time. Definitely check it out!
            • Beauover 4 years
              I LOVE this book.
              • hpw_24
                hpw_24over 4 years
                I got this book for christmas and so far it is the best book i have ever read, i reccomend it to everyone. The dog shush is so cute and her owner, Sugar is so cute
                • march252008
                  march252008almost 5 years55 stars
                  it is amazing
                  • dancegirllb2006
                    dancegirllb2006over 5 years55 stars
                    it was so sweet
                    • soccerlover1511
                      soccerlover1511about 6 years
                      i want to read this a lot