Sugar knows there is bitterness in life, but ever since she could remember, her grandpa and mom have taught her to sweeten up the world no matter what. It was easy enough, until Sugar and her mother lost their home because of her dad's gambling debts. Now they are homeless, and worse, her mother begins to give up and even lose her mind. What will happen to this perservering girl that rights poems from words written across her heart? No one, not her southern bell mom, her drunk dad, or even her beloved, eccentric English teacher could ever have expected the journey Sugar would have to make before she was almost home. Joan Bauer out-did herself with this excellent book.