Sugar Mae Cole doesn't often get downhearted, but lately it's been a struggle to keep up her spirit. Newly homeless, Sugar and her mother, Reba, have come to Chicago to make a fresh start. When Reba has a serious breakdown, Sugar and her beloved rescue dog, Shush, are put into foster care.
I feel I've got a sign across my forehead that everyone sees: HOMELESS GIRL
But Sugar still has a link to her old life through her former teacher, Mr. Bennett, who encourages her to write. Pouring her feelings into heartfelt poems that mirror her fear and confusion, but also her dreams and her faith in people, Sugar comes to understand that home is a place you carry in your heart.