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Transcript of Almost Home
By: Joan Bauer
It's a big word for me.
I feel it everywhere.
Almost, but not quite.
I'm hoping hard for that."
The empasis on "almost" sums up the story because Sugar, the protagonist, wants to fit in, belong, and have a home
She feels that has "almost" reached her dream.
Throughout the story Sugar struggles through hardships including living in the streets alone with her mom in the hospital with only a dog for a companion
Sugar doesn't give up hope for being happy
Literary Element - Emphasis
The book is about a twelve year old girl named Sugar, who gets kicked out of her home with her mom, Reba and their dog Shush, leaving them on the streets.
Along the way back home Reba faces depression and stress causing her to get placed in a hospital leaving Sugar and their new dog Shush alone to battle this new world.
Reba overcomes her depressed state with the help of Sugar and now have a home along with a few friends and a job for Reba at a local selling bakery
The story shows that even though times get tough, Sugar never brings herself down and keeps trying
Sugar the Protagonist
14 Pleasant St.
Round Lake Missouri
When Sugar, Shush,
and Reba are forced to
live on the streets
Reba is in the Hospital
Sugar and Shush are
put into foster homes
Lexie and her
husband take in Sugar
and Shush out of the
homes to live with
Reba gets taken
out of the hospital
Sugar, Shush, and Reba find a nice home
They meet new friends
Get settled into there
Sugar starts school
Reba gets a job
"Before all this happend
I wasn't brave like I am now.
I didn't know I could take care of my mother
Or pee by the side of the road
and not get my underpants wet.
I didn't know there's family that will help
And family that won't."
I like this book because Sugar takes charge of her life and family. She learns to overcome real life challenges. Sugar grows because of the problems she faces. She finds good in her situation and she learns that she can deal in her own way with problems that are out of her control.
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"Almost Home ~ Joan Bauer." Alamosa Books. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Sept. 2013.
All quotes are from book "Almost Home": slide 5 - p.224 and slide 6 - p.91