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Meet Marie-Grace (American Girls Collection: Marie-Grace and Cécile Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Sarah M. Buckey , Christine Kornacki , Cindy Salans Rosenheim
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Book Description

Marie-Grace Gardner has just arrived in New Orleans, and she hopes she never has to move again. The lively city is full of music and masquerade balls! When she meets Mademoiselle Océane, a talented opera singer, Marie-Grace longs to take lessons. She loves to sing, and she would like to get to know Cécile Rey, the confident girl who is Mademoiselle's student. But Marie-Grace is shy, and starting school reminds her how hard it is to make friends and fit in. Can an unexpected adventure help her feel as if she belongs? Includes an illustrated Looking Back essay about the history of New Orleans. The story continues in the second book in the series: Meet Cécile.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4407 KB
  • Print Length: 118 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1593696523
  • Publisher: American Girl (August 30, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005J5S850
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,310 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars slightly different take December 5, 2011
This book is the first in a new American Girl series. It is the story of Marie-Grace and Cecile. They are two very different girls growing up in New Orleans in 1853. Marie-Grace is just moving back to the city after leaving it at a young age. Her father is a doctor. She is not used to the culture that is New Orleans. Cecile is a free African-American wealthy girl who has lived in New Orleans her whole life. This specific book talks about Marie-Grace moving to New Orleans, the girls meeting, and a bit about Mardi Gras. The rest of the series will go into the Yellow Fever outbreak in the city, but it isn't mentioned in this book.

Thankfully for many little girls, this one is similar to all of the other American Girl collections in the way it is written and the historical fiction. The story is great for young readers, about 3rd grade. It shows girls growing up in a different time, and the girls are strong and independent. At the end of the book there is a history section, but most things learned back there can be picked up just by reading the story.

There are also a lot of ways that this series is going to be different from the others. First, it has 2 main girls. Most of the collections focus on one girl, even if one of that girl's friends has some books as well. In this one, there is no main character. Marie-Grace has 3 books and Cecile has 3 books. Also, this collection focuses on one specific event in history. The other collections focus on a time period. Here, it is all about the Yellow Fever, a very specific time. I have no problem with this as it is still educational. I only wish they didn't retire some other girls that told about a whole era as they seem more important educationally.

Overall I am sure any fan of the American Girl books will like these books just as well as the others, and this book did a good job of introducing the girls.
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5.0 out of 5 stars super response to my order. Kudos to you all. March 1, 2014
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I was super surprised to see my order of Meet Marie-Grace so soon after I ordered it. It arrived is a mere three days and was in excellent condition. My granddaughter will be extremely pleased with the book as she is eager to add more to her growing collection. Thank you for making book purchasing so easy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well liked by dtrs November 30, 2013
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My dtrs love the American girl books. I find some of them boring, but I liked this book too. We also bought "Cecile."
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5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL!! October 21, 2013
By Abigail
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This book is great!!!!!!!!! I would recommend this book to everyone. And I learned a lot about New Orleans too!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun August 30, 2013
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Such a fun series for little readers. I buy with the American Mini Dolls. Great fun for kids and Tweens.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome August 9, 2013
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This book is inspirational and exciting with lots of twists!Great quick read for any kid , even adult would love this!!Must read!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Meet marie Grace April 11, 2013
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I think the book is really good you get to learn about history and how people lived . In the past and I you like something you want t o do it but if you keep reading than you get better and better at it and I soon becomes a habit but if you don't read then you will never learn.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book March 2, 2013
By my daughter: Meet Marie Grace is an amazing book about a young girl named Marie Grace. Marie Grace was born in New Orleans, but before she knows it, her mother is dead. Now she is left only with a loving father, and a grumpy housekeeper named Mrs.Curtis. After experiences with other towns, Marie Grace moves back to her New Orleans. There she starts a new life,going to a school,and attending voice lessons with a patient and understanding teacher named Mademoiselle Oceane. There, she meets Cecile Rey, a loving and understanding girl. Cecile and Marie Grace share many adventures,including their... I'll let you read it for yourself. Meet Marie Grace is truly a outstanding book.
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