Almost Home by Joan Bauer
I thought that Almost Home was going to be nominated for the Rebecca Caudill Award. Sugar is in the sixth grade. Yes, Sugar is her real name. Sugar and her mother lose their home in Missouri due to the irresponsibility and gambling of Sugar's father. Even worse than losing her home, Sugar loses the best-ever teacher. Luckily, Sugar stays in touch with the teacher through e-mail. Her teacher has always encouraged her writing. It's a good thing that Sugar has writing talents; it helps her cope with everything that she is going through. It also helps that a dog and Sugar find each other. They truly help each other. Sugar and her mom end up in Chicago and her mother has to go into a shelter because of her extreme depression. Sugar is in a good place now, a foster home with the right support.
Sugar learned a life-long lesson from her grandfather. He impressed on her that sometimes a kid has to act older than she is. Isn't it special that wisdom can be passed on through grandparents. I am not surprised that Almost Home is nominated for the 2015 Rebecca Caudill Award.