Almost Home by Joan Bauer is a 264 page realistic fiction book. The main character, Sugar Mae Cole, lives with her mom, Reba, in their home. Sugar’s father is still married to her mother, but he always leaves and never comes back. Even in hard times, Reba always tells Sugar to be sweet to everyone. Sugar and Reba then fall short on paying taxes, and they eventually become homeless. As they move around, Reba trying to find a job, Sugar sees a girl whose father is forcing her to leave a little dog, named Shush, on the side of the road. Sugar then promises the girl that she will take care of Shush for her. Later in the story, Reba starts to suffer from depression and she is sent to the hospital. Sugar gets placed under foster care and hopes to find a home for good. Sugar then tries to help her mom remember who she is, and how she used to give everyone a little sweetness in their life. I thought this was a good book, but in some parts it was pretty sad. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good book to read.