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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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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.

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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.”


  • “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.”


  • “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

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Finalist for the 2012 Cybils 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

Cassandra Morris has received critical acclaim for her voice-over work from Publishers Weekly and AudioFile magazine, earning a dozen Earphones Awards and twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. Her voice has also been heard on television in commercial campaigns and numerous Nickelodeon and Disney products. She is the voice of many cartoon characters, including Leo and Luna in Yu-Gi-Oh, Carrie in Barbie: A Fairy Secret, Nathan in Pokémon, and Lola in Angelo Rules.

About the Narrator

Brittany Pressley has won several Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2018. She has recorded over one hundred titles and has received several nominations for American Library Association’s annual list of Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults. She is also an accomplished singer-songwriter and voice actress. Her voice can be heard on national and international TV and radio commercials as well as several animated series and video games. She is a graduate of Columbia University.