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Thirteen-year-old Grace's summer vacation looks to be boring and difficult. While her mother holes up in their small rental cabin, smoking, sleeping, and reading, Grace serves as caretaker to her siblings. Then, after Grace's little sister floats too far out in the lake on an inflatable raft, handsome Frankie appears to assist, and Grace's summer takes a startling new direction. As in The Summer Sherman Loved Me (2006), St. Anthony effectively explores the netherworld of early adolescent friendship and love. Readers will meet a variety of unusual and lovable characters, including elderly Aunt Hilda, whose body looks like "an upside-down U," and Frankie's grandfather, who courts Hilda and eventually announces the couple's engagement. Each character helps Grace more fully understand her complicated feelings about her family and about romance. Sweet, poignant, and authentic to its 1960s setting, St. Anthony's novel features well-drawn characters of all ages who awaken to love. Bradburn, Frances
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"[A] gently flowing, atmospheric, slice-of-life companion to The Summer Sherman Loved Me."  --Kirkus Reviews
 
"Sweet, poignant, and authentic to its 1960s setting." --Booklist
 
"A great book . . . I give it four stars." --TeenReadsToo.com
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 15 years
  • Lexile Measure: 650L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); First Edition edition (April 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374399409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374399405
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,006,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on July 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Grace is just trying to be a normal kid, but she finds it is pretty hard when her mom sleeps and smokes all day and she is left taking care of her younger siblings.

She thinks things will change when the family takes a trip to a cabin on the lake for a couple of weeks, hoping that maybe her mom just needs to relax.

WRONG! All of the responsibility falls on Grace, as usual.

She does meet a boy, though, named Frankie. He is very cute and likes her back, but they can never be alone because Grace is always stuck caring for her brothers and sisters.

This is a great book, following The Summer Sherman Loved Me, and I give it 4 stars!

Reviewed by: Audrey
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Missie Kay (The Book Fix) on May 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is a quick read for an adult, and a great read at any age. I think that Grace is a sympathetic character for tweeners, strong and intelligent, but not disgustingly perfect. Her family is definitely not perfect either, but she still loves them and makes the best of her situation. By the end, you can see lots of growth in her emotional maturity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on September 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Grace sets out to rescue her sister, adrift in an inflatable raft, and in doing so finds herself entangled with Frankie, a handsome boy who assists in the rescue. What evolves from that act of bravery is a newfound understanding of herself and her world in GRACE ABOVE ALL, a fine teen leisure read about self-understanding and relationships.
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By BMR on November 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
What I really enjoyed about this book is how the characters acted their age. All the self doubts and confusion you feel as a young teen were appropriated expressed without over-dramatization. As an adult, I was pulled right back to that time in my life, and I'm sure that young teens would find this story very validating.
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By Kathleen J Born on November 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Three cheers, another Jane St Anthony novel perfect in every way for young girls. She remembers exactly maximum irritation, moony in like, bone-deep wondering, fierce disgust--emotions and events almost too big to handle within adventure and romance and a lake cabin in summer. Ahhhh
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