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Saving Grace Hardcover – June 23, 2003

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Gr. 4-7. During the depths of the Depression, 11-year-old Grace McFarland suffers grinding poverty. Papa can't find work, the family is homeless, and Grace and her younger brothers are placed in a charity shelter. The prosperous Hammond family take Grace in for Christmas, and she's suddenly surrounded with wonderful clothes, food, and gifts. But how can she enjoy the luxury when her older brother is dying in a TB hospital, Papa is in line at the soup kitchen, and Mama is in a dreary basement caring for the baby? Then the rich Hammonds offer to adopt Grace. What should she do? The realistic historical detail is an integral part of the family drama, but the class differences and adoption conflicts are universal. The child's personal conflict is the core of the story, drawing readers into Grace's guilty secrets, which are not only about the stealing that has become a habit but also about deserting her family. The tension builds until the last chapter, when Grace must decide where to find her home. Hazel Rochman
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About the Author

Priscilla Cummings lives in Annapolis, Maryland.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 710L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile; 1 edition (June 23, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525471235
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525471233
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,406,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Saving Grace, by Priscilla Cummings, is one of the best books that I have ever read! My mother always talked about going through the Great Depression and I would sit there and say, "Yeah yeah yeah..it's over now so drop it, ok?" But after reading this book, I see now what it was really like to go through the Great Depression. I found after finishing the book that I couldn't stop thinking about it! Very well written and incredibly real! I reccomend this novel to anybody who loves inspirational fiction! :-) !
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Saving Grace was a really good book and probably one of my favorite books that I have read. Grace McFarland is a young girl who lived during the the Great Depression. At the begining of the story Grace played with an Ouija Board even though many times before her mother told her not to because the board was the work of the devil. The board predicted that Grace was going to start a new life. Grace has a terrible and a very rough life. She lives in an old and beaten up apartment building with her family. There are five people in her family. The people are Grace's mother and father, Owen who is four,Iggy who is around the age of one, and Pete who is 14. Grace's mom is also expecting a baby and they have no idea what they are going to do financially. They can barely feed themselves right now. It has gotten to the point that Grace and Pete take turns skipping meals. Pete and Grace are best-friens and they are very close. Pete is a great big brother and he loves to play marbles. The Great Depressin is at its' peak and jobs are almost impossible to find. The McFarland family keeps getting threatened to be evicted from their apartment. If it happens they wil probably have to live on the streets. Their dad is very upset and is doing any job he can get his hands on to keep the McFarlands from living on the street. He does construction jobs with railroad company evey once in a while to earn some extra cash. One night Pete and Grace decide to follow their dad. They end up finding out that he is brewing beer illegally. Grace and Pete's mom doesn't even know about so they have to keep it a secret from her too. They know that he is only doing it for their sake, but they are still upset with him. It gets to the point that Grace and Pete steal from other people and trade items to get money.Read more ›
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I read this book before giving it to my 8-year-old. I couldn't put it down. You will quickly come to care about the main character, Grace, and her family that has fallen on hard times. In this time when most kids have more stuff than they need and often feel entitled to more and more, this book really brings the Depression to life. Valuable lesson on what is truly important without being preachy.
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If you are looking for more than chit chat about boys, glitz, glamor, and fizzle; if you consider yourself an intelligent young reader; if you like historical fiction that paints a *real* picture, then this is the book for you. This one will inspire you, break your heart, and leave you wishing for another story from this same author!
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