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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joan Bauer Narrator: Brittany Pressley Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2017 ISBN: 9781524755133
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The new novel from Newbery Honor–winner Joan Bauer 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 her 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Bauer has hit a home run with Sugar Mae Cole…Narrator Brittany Presley gives mom Reba the accent of a Southern belle, with a hint of grit even at her lowest points. When Sugar quotes words of wisdom from grandfather King Cole, Presley’s gravelly voice reflects the experiences of life well lived…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • “Skillfully tells the tale of precocious and street-smart Sugar Mae Cole.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Sugar Mae Cole and her puppy, Shush, demonstrate what it means to be sweet. Newbery Honor winner Bauer has created one of her strongest young women yet in the character of Sugar.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Sugar’s frank honesty will give young readers a glimpse at a situation affecting a growing number of children.”

    Booklist

  • “Bauer explores a timely issue through the eyes of a resilient girl…Sugar’s anger, fear, humility, and resolve are portrayed with insight and compassion. Bauer also brings moments of levity and hopefulness to the story, which she peppers with a cast of thoughtfully crafted personalities.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Finalist for the 2012 Cybils Award
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Nominated for the Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award ML
  • Nominated for the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award
  • Nominated for the 2016 Nene Award
  • Nominated for the TN Volunteer State Book Award Primary ML
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About the Author
Author Joan Bauer

Joan Bauer is the author of a dozen novels for young readers, among them the Newbery Honor Book Hope Was Here and the Los Angeles Times Prize winner Rules of the Road. She has also twice received the Christopher Award, as well as the Schneider Family Book Award and the Golden Kite Award.

About the Narrator

Brittany Pressley is a New York City–based recording artist with many years of professional voice-over experience. She is an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator, and her voice has been featured in a variety of commercials and ad campaigns for clients, including Mastercard, Nickelodeon, MTV, Papa Johns, Fidelity, and North State communications.