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Amazing Grace Hardcover – September 27, 2005

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Grade 7-10–Teenage tennis-star Grace Ace Kincaid has the talent and looks that make her a hit both on the court and on Madison Avenue. But she is falling apart, breaking under the tremendous pressure of worldwide fame. She wants OUT. And she gets her wish–a total break from her lifestyle and identity. She becomes Emily O'Brien, everyday teenager, with nose-ring intact. She is transported to remote Medicine Hat, AK, where she lives with her new guardian, retired FBI-agent Ava Grady, in a rustic cabin, complete with outhouse and freezing-cold showers. At first shocked by her surroundings, Grace comes to love them, as it is here that she experiences a sense of normalcy in her life, including a love interest, solid friendships, and much-needed support from the local therapist. Shull's very short chapters with headings such as three zillion years later, are catchy, fun, and full of the ever-changing world of adolescent emotions. The novel offers a consistent sense of delight and the feeling that, no matter what, Grace will always come out on top. This is due in large part to her many fairy godmothers along the way, steering her toward a level of comfort with herself, her talents, her feelings, and her desire to live life on her own terms. A Cinderella story for this day and age, indeed.–Tracy Karbel, Glenside Public Library District, Glendale Heights, IL
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Gr. 7-9. "I want out." When teenage tennis phenom Grace "Ace" Kincaid calls her mom from the U.S. Open, asking to retire, things move fast. Sporting a new hairstyle, a pierced nose, and a new name--Emily O'Brien--the girl is spirited away by Aunt Ava to a remote cabin in Alaska to avoid the paparazzi. The pampered star adapts a tad too easily to wilderness life with its cold showers, outhouse, and cramped quarters; but Emily is obviously ready for a real life and relishes her freedom. Her first foray into town results in a bicycle crash with a moose, but when she opens her eyes, she sees the gorgeous face of local boy Teague. He and his cousin Fisher help Emily navigate the local scene with only a few missteps as Em grapples with discovering her real self. Short chapters and a snappy storytelling style will have teens racing to the satisfying conclusion. Cindy Dobrez
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (September 27, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786856904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786856909
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,107,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Kid's Review on January 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
Amazing Grace

I am sitting on the floor of the boiler room at the USTA center. My heart is beating like a humming bird. My head is over heating, my brain is swirling. I feel like I might puke.

Do you want to find out what happens next or why she is feeling this way? If yes you will learn about a girl named Grace that is a pro tennis player and a cover girl, decides to quit and moves in with her aunt Ava in Alaska. While she is there she meets mystery boy Teague and his cousin Fisher. This book is 247 pages with short chapters. Amazing Grace is full of humor, romance, and description so good it is like watching a TV.

Grace and Teague's feelings for each other are growing stronger by the second. These teens hang out all the time together. Grace could not stop thinking about how Teague scraped his knee against hers.

The characters in this book are easy to connect with. Grace is 15 along with Teague. Grace quits her job as a pro tennis player and cover girl, changes the look so no one will recognize her. What will she change her look into? You will have to read to find out.

Ava's house is a log cabin in Alaska. Grace's bedroom is the up stairs. Grace has to climb a ladder just to get into her bedroom because there are no stairs. Grace has to cut lumber for the fire place to heat up the house.

If you liked all the things I told you about, then I know you will like all the rest of the book, with all the adventures, humor, surprises, and more. I loved it and thought it was a great book. You don't know what you are missing unless you read it.
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This YA book puts the emphasis in all the right places. Meet our heroine, she's young, she's a superstar, and she's got it all. Money, success, designer clothes, designer bags, and a rockstar lifestyle and yet she suddenly realized she's not happy. Why? Because she wants a regular life. A life of substance. A life with friends and boys and high school. Great book, great author.
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Grace Kincaid has her own line of cosmetics and a successful modeling career thanks to her top billing on the pro-tennis circuit. She also has her own agent, coach, nutritionist, makeup artist, assistant, lawyer, and even her own bodyguard. What she doesn't have --- and what she desperately wants --- is a chance to have a normal life: to live at home with her mother, to attend school regularly, to hang out with friends, and to date.

Grace tells her mother she wants out --- of it all. Very quickly she resigns from the world of professional tennis and from her many lucrative endorsements. She undergoes a drastic makeunder. Her long, blond, carefully-coiffed hair gives way to a dyed-red cropped hairdo. She sheds her designer wardrobe and all the accessories, and tosses out her pink, rhinestone-studded cell phone. Now she sports a tiny ruby on the side of her nose, thanks to the skill of her mom, the surgeon.

She resurfaces on a tiny Alaskan island with her new look and a new name --- Emily O'Brien.

The plan is for Grace to disappear from sight for three months, so the news of her retirement from professional tennis would die down. Now she lives with Ava, a retired FBI agent, in a tiny, rustic cabin with no hot water and an outhouse. For Grace "Ace" Kincaid, who is used to traveling on private jets and living in five-star hotels, this is a drastic change.

During her first trip into town, on Ava's rusty old bike, Emily has a close encounter of the scary kind with a moose and catapults over the bike's handlebars. A young man named Teague rescues her and soon becomes her first boyfriend. Emily enrolls in the local school where she tries to blend in. None of the locals has any clue about Grace's true identity.
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Grace "Ace" Kincaid is a worldwide tennis sensation-- and a national teen icon. But the pressure gets to be too much for Grace, who decides that she needs to quietly slip out of the limelight. And where better to do that than Medicine Hat, Alaska, population 813 (after she moves in, that is)? With her nose ring and alias "Emily O'Brien," no one in Medicine Hat recognizes her, and Grace is finally allowed to lead the life of a normal teenage girl, despite the fact that she's living with a retired FBI agent instead of her mother. And in spite of the freezing cold showers, cabin, and outhouse, Grace is having more fun than she's ever had. She finally goes to "real" school, has friends who she knows like her for her and not her status, goes to parties, has a crush on a very cute boy, and is even going to see a therapist in town, who is suprisingly helpful. This "make-under" story will, as the dust jacket promises, "grab you from the very first paragraph," and not let go until you've finally read the (very satisfying) end.
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By Molly on February 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
My friend was reading this and just by looking at the cover I, for some reason, was immediately interesting. I asked her if I could look at it and I read the first chapter then couldn't put it down! After she was done with the book she let me borrow it and I read it all in a matter of 2-3 days. I was so into it! It keeps you hooked. I reccomend it for ages 10+. I'm a really big reader and I'll read anything. But, I usually I have only a few favorites and Amazing Grace is definitely one of them!
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