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Just Grace (Just Grace #1)

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  2,001 ratings  ·  217 reviews
Grace loves cats. She also loves taking pictures of cats and drawing Not-So Super comics. She doesn’t like Sammy Stringer, a boy in her class. She’s got lots and lots of ideas, and when her neighbor’s cat goes missing, Grace does her best to make Mrs. Luther feel less lonely. But as the mystery of the missing cat continues, Grace’s well-intentioned plan backfires, and she ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published April 23rd 2007 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Ivonne Rovira
Jul 22, 2014 Ivonne Rovira rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of real children
Many children’s books are simply wasted on their target audience. The most obvious example is, of course, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, but children’s books with crossover appeal abound: The Book Thief, The Little Prince, The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, The Dumb Bunnies, Charlotte's Web, The Magic Thief, The Secret Garden.

Add to that list one more: Just Grace. Third-grader Grace Stewart doesn’t speak like an adult, as happens in so many children’s bo
Oct 27, 2011 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: children starting to read longer chapter books
This is the first book in the Just Grace series by Charise Mericle Harper. The narrative is certainly written from a child's point of view and the illustrations are very much in a child's style as well. I love the way she describes her "superpower" and the actions she takes to cheer up her neighbor. I also love that it tells about the real fears a child has, no matter how insignificant they may seem to someone else.

The book is written as a continuous story, with small subsections, but no real c
So, I'm at the local Barnes and Noble, unconsciously retreating away from the doom and gloom of the new J.K. Rowling release, when my eyes settle on this book. I pick it up, intending to read a few chapters to pass the time, and then be on my way. So it was that, quite unintentionally, somewhere among the forgotten-but-funny realizations of my childhood and Grace's drawings of hers, I got sucked into this book. I really enjoyed the "Postcards from Crinkles the Cat" and the plot twist at the end. ...more
Just Grace is a great chapter book for readers in second and third grade. The title will appeal mostly to girls, though neither Grace nor the book are particularly girly. The language is fairly simple and the plot is easy to follow. While Grace goes to school, the story focuses mostly on Grace's interest in her neighbor. I especially like that Grace is kind and considerate in a way that second and third grades can relate to. She's generous and forgiving with her friends but has a hard time apply ...more
I tend to like character driven stories and I liked Grace. She is in 4th grade, I think, and explains things very clearly, and very simply. In fact she is a little one dimensional, but it's cute because it sounds like the way a child would think. She believes herself to have super hero powers in the way of empathy. When her neighbor, Mrs. Luther, loses her cat, Grace photoshops the cat into places around the neighborhood and makes these pictures into postcards that she sends to Mrs. Luther. She ...more
Aug 08, 2008 Annette rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: kids age 7-10
Recommended to Annette by: Ellen
5 reasons why I like this book:

1) Grace has the superhero power of "empathy". How many 3rd graders even know what that word means? How many of them care?

2) I love how her parents gently try to teach her to be responsible for her actions. Something this world could use a LOT more of!

3)The main lesson in this book was(although it doesn't say this in these exact words) "the road to ruin is paved with good intentions". A kid could learn a lot from Grace.

4) The other many mini-lessons on friendship s
I listened to this on CD. It was a charming, little book--only 2 CDs long. If I had read it in hard copy, it may have been less charming---but the narrator of this book "voiced" the protaganist Grace with humor and she gave a 3rd grade kind of emphasis to many of the sentences. Grace is one of 4 Graces in her 3rd grade classroom and is called Just Grace as opposed to Grace F., Grace L., and Grace N. It's reminiscent of Junie B. Jones but less frenetic. Grace is a thoughtful 9-year-old who tries ...more
Lindsay Johnson
Just Grace is about a young girl named Grace, who is (unwillingly) named Just Grace by her teacher. Grace believes she has a super power: empathy. When her neighbor's cat runs away, Just Grace wanted to make her feel better by sending post cards to her neighbor pretending to be the cat and telling her she misses her. When Grace's neighbor does not respond to Grace's postcards as she had imagined, Grace gets in trouble. Grace then is forced to apologize and help look for the missing cat. Through ...more
Sep 04, 2014 Irene rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lower Elementary School Kids
Recommended to Irene by: Isabelle
Shelves: children
This book is a quick read consisting of short chapters and many small illustrations. It's just the right level for a lower-elementary school reader who is just getting into chapter books.

I have to admit, I had a bit of a shaky start with this book. I was a little put off by how Grace got her classroom name of "Just Grace". When my daughter first explained to me the title of this book - before I read it myself - I thought Grace liked her fun and unusual nickname! As it turned out, though, it was
It happened to me, too! Susah yak punya nama pasaran. Waktu kelas dua smp ada empat orang Nur di kelas. Nur Pambudi, Nuraini, Nur Sari Ningsih, dan me. Luckily, all of us got our own nicknames already. XD


Tadinya mau kasih tiga bintang tapi pas inget bagian Grace moto-moto si Crinkles karton di mana-mana bareng sama Mimi, trus ngeprint sendiri, gw harus nambahin satu bintang lagi. Girls, you're so awesome! and they just on their third grade. Anak sekarang emang pada pinter2 kali ya?
My daughter and I read this book. I really liked this book. I felt it had a great message about empathy and doing things even if they are hard and facing consequences. Grace is charming and has a fun voice.

My only problem with this book was the list of "Boy Things" and Grace feeling like she had to hide the "boy"things about herself. We shouldn't be labeling things like superheroes and drawing comics as boy or girl, especially when it comes to things about ourselves that we like. I was sad that
Aug 16, 2012 Samantha rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Young Readers
Recommended to Samantha by: Alexandria
This is a cute, easy to read book that I was able to laugh at (in a good way). A good read for younger readers. =)

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Sep 16, 2007 mia rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
(really more juv)
ah! i loved the premise and the format. really adorable. i did figure out the "mystery" before the end of the story. but i am also not 9. i will tell lots of kids to read this book. can't wait to read 'Still Just Grace!"
I read a book called Just Grace and i thought it was a good book. It is about a girl named grace but on her first day of school she found out that there were 4 girls named grace. When they were thinking of names she said she wanted to be called just "grace but the teacher thought she said "just grace". when she was a t home thinking about it she saw her neighbors cat, she loves cats. the next day she realized her neighbors cat was gone. she tries her best to keep her neighbor some company but he ...more
My 5 and 7year old enjoyed this book we listened to on cd about a dynamic 3rd grade girl named Grace. 7 yr old is now reading the next book.
Titis Wardhana
yang menarik dari buku ini adalah ilustrasinya yang lucu, sooooo kid, lumayan buat selingan novel2 tebel
Jessie Davidson
It was a great book. I mostly play all day, but that book caught my attention for the first time.
I love just grace.the end
Grace is an unpleasant, entitled child, and I did not enjoy spending time with her.

"Mom says she is keeping her eye out for them, but that Supergirl underwear isn't that easy to find. I think she is just not trying very hard!"
"This is not just me being mean--he deserves to be wet and unhappy!"
"She was so happy, she hugged and hugged me until I had to tell her to stop, because it was not feeling so nice to be hugged so much."

These examples also show how Grace's lack of contractions gets too preci
A serviceable beginner's chapter book about a girl (Grace) who likes to draw and make people who are sad feel better. I liked Grace's premise that there should be "Super Heroes" who have small powers like hers ("Empathy" is definitely the tier-2 vocabulary word to teach out of this book). That said, though the author captures the tortured syntax we sometimes see in children's writing, I often found the book difficult to read because of the attempt to write as an elementary student. I also find o ...more
Nama aslinya Grace Stewart. Namun, lantaran di kelasnya ada empat tiga anak lain lagi yang juga bernama Grace, maka masing-masing Grace mendapat sebutan sendiri untuk membedakannya. Dan meski tidak suka, Grace Stewart tak mampu menolak ketika akhirnya guru dan teman-temannya sepakat memanggilnya Grace Aja (dan bukan "Grace" aja).=

Seperti lazimnya anak-anak, Grace senang melakukan dan ingin tahu tentang banyak hal. Beruntunglah Grace karena memiliki orang tua yang membebaskannya melakukan apa sa
Grace is a third grader with an interesting life. Her parents rent their basement to a lady from France, she's taught herself how to take great photos and enjoys drawing "Not So Super" (hero) comics, inspired by the television show "Unlikely Heroes". Her own superhero power is the power of empathy, which she uses to help her neighbor and her neighbor's cat. In this first book of the series, we follow Grace (who gets her name "Just Grace" because there are four Graces in her class at school) as s ...more
Perfect for kids transitioning to YA books! Recently I started mentoring a girl in the 4th grade and I am so out of touch with kids literature these days. Admittedly, I'm not that much older but it's been almost 15 years since I was in 4th grade and I have no idea what the cool new books are (a quick scan of the elementary school library yielded no Sweet Valley, Babysitter's Club, or Animorphs). I quickly put in a request for the first two books in the Just Grace series.

+ simple sentences.
bayangkan kalo dikelas ada 4 orang dengan nama yang sama. hal itu terjadi sama Grace. dikelasnya ada 4 orang dengan nama Grace, untuk memudahkan semua orang membedakan yang mana Grace ini dan itu maka dibuatlah nama panggilan masing-masing. Grace Wallac dipanggil Grace W. Grace Francis dipanggil Grace F. Grace Landowski dipanggil Gracie, sedangkan Grace Stewart yang awalnya ingin dipanggil Grace aja malah harus dipanggil Grace Aja karena peraturan wali kelasnya, haha... konyol, sumpah...
buku per
Can you ever have too much grace? Evidently, because there are so many Graces in one class that they all must be called by other names. When she speaks up and tells the teacher that she wants to be called just "Grace," the young girl finds herself misunderstood and ends up "Just Grace" for the rest of the school year. Just Grace loves watching a TV show about real-life superheroes and decides that her special gift is empathy. Understanding that true empathy requires a response, Grace likes to he ...more
Sep 20, 2013 Xyra rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one
I really had to force myself to continue reading this one. This is a journal style story seen specifically through the eyes of Grace and she does a lot of whining at the beginning and throughout the book, but the beginning was the worst.

The author really knows how to channel her inner child and think and speak and write in that pattern. A completely different take on "stream of consciousness."

As I noted above, Grace whines about what she can't do, doesn't like, doesn't learn, etc. In addition,
Grace is an interesting girl. Her plea to her teacher to be called "just Grace" in the face of four girls with the same name in her class turns that simple request into her nickname for the rest for the year. Just Grace like photography, cats, drawing comics and her downstairs neighbour who is a fashionable French flight attendant. She does not like Sammy (who spit grape juice on her at her 6th birthday party), Grace F. (who is just a big meanie) and being called "Just Grace".

When Grace learns t
Holly Hardwick
This is a perfect transitional book for readers moving towards more advanced children's novels. The story is told from the point of view of Grace, or "Just Grace" as she is called in class, as she discusses he super power, her neighbors, and the people in her class. The book as written in the way that a child would speak and tell the story, making it very authentic and relatable to children reading it.I found the story charming and the events that a child would actually get involved in. I also l ...more
Leslie Bardo
This book is written in a diary form, with short chapters, giving the first person viewpoint of a fictional character named Grace Stewart. Among the many Graces in one classroom, a young girl named Grace Stewart becomes Just Grace. She definitely has her own personality and expresses it throughout this short chapter book. Charise Mericle Harper develops such a great narrator voice with Just Grace and it was so fun to get to know her. She isn’t afraid to say what’s on her mind, especially about s ...more
Anggi Hafiz Al Hakam
Jan 24, 2013 Anggi Hafiz Al Hakam rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anggi by: @taqi_qisthi
Pengalaman membaca Amos Lee: The Series (1-3) membuat saya penasaran untuk membaca bacaan semacam itu. Pilihan saya jatuh pada buku ini. At first sight, saya tertarik pada judulnya. Mengingatkan saya pada seorang murid bernama Grace, lalu Grace Natalie, dan lagu The Amazing Grace. Namun, sulit untuk menulis catatan tentang buku ini tanpa membuat perbandingan dengan serial Amos Lee. Secara rentang waktu alur penceritaan, keduanya memiliki persamaan. Pemuatan ilustrasi yang memberi dukungan visual ...more
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“My power is that I can always tell when someone is unhappy, even if that person is pretending to be happy and is a really good actor. The bad thing about my power is that I always try to do something to make the sad person feel better—even if I should probably leave it alone and not do anything at all. Dad says that feeling people's sadness is called empathy and it's a superpower because of the "having to do something to help them feel better" part. A superhero has to help people in trouble. She can't just change into a regular I’m-not-going-to-do-anything-to help-someone-else type of person even if she wanted to.” 2 likes
“For sure they didn't share sips from the same cup, give each other cheer-up hugs, or swear to keep real important things secret, which are all things that are done by a real 100 percent for real friend.” 0 likes
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