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Hopeful Stories for Hectic Times

Trish, Belmar Library

I just finished Joan Bauer’s latest book, Almost Home, and found it to be one of the best stories I read this past year.

Middle schooler Sugar Rae Cole, her rescue dog Shush, and her mother Reba find themselves homeless, and on the move. Through poems, letters, memories and grit, Sugar holds onto her dream of someday having a real home again.

In all of her eleven novels, Joan Bauer explores difficult modern issues with humor and hope. She has won many awards, and has often spoken to school and civic groups about the power of resiliency.  Her main characters are teenagers, but her stories will appeal to strong 5th and 6th grade readers as well as teens, and any adult who admires people who face their troubles with courage and humor. Her philosophy is that "stories connect us," and humor gives us hope.

Looking for more by Joan Bauer, or other hopeful stories? Visit the Children's desk at your library.