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Just Grace (Just Grace #1)

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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 really liked it
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
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Jonathan Peto
Aug 03, 2015 Jonathan Peto rated it liked it
Grace is not as kind or as amusing, perhaps, as the characters in some other easy chapter book series, but she is not a monster either. This is the first book in a series of at least twelve, so someone else must appreciate her imperfections. She's a little rough on a classmate, Sammy Stringer, because of his interest in poop, but I can't say I blame her. When her neighbors cat starts avoiding its owner for fear of the woman's new cast, Grace sets out to do some good. It does not work out the way ...more
Jennifer
Oct 08, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Irene
Sep 04, 2014 Irene rated it really liked it
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
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Dolly
Oct 27, 2011 Dolly rated it liked it
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
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Laura
Aug 27, 2011 Laura rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s, 2011
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
Christie Tulloch
Sep 17, 2016 Christie Tulloch rated it it was amazing
Just Grace was a very good story about Grace and her life. I enjoyed this book as I was growing up.
Xyra
Sep 20, 2013 Xyra rated it it was ok
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,
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Katherine
Jun 15, 2016 Katherine rated it did not like it
I have found grace again in this lovely world of ours, but is Grace really all that lovely? My answer is no. The first reason is that I read this in 3 rd grade and I was (and still) a very picky reader. So I picked up this book because of its really nice cover,(which to me was the best part of the book) I found a corner in the back of the library, sat down and Began to read my first complaint is that her superpower as they say is and I did not know what that meant at that time. Grace puts it as ...more
Nobies57
Nov 13, 2010 Nobies57 rated it really liked it
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
Annette
Aug 08, 2008 Annette rated it really liked it
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
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Kermit
Mar 20, 2009 Kermit rated it it was amazing
Shelves: junior-fiction
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
Nura
Jan 16, 2011 Nura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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

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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?
Samantha
Aug 16, 2012 Samantha rated it liked it
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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mia
Sep 16, 2007 mia rated it really liked it
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!"
Titis Wardhana
May 16, 2010 Titis Wardhana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
yang menarik dari buku ini adalah ilustrasinya yang lucu, sooooo kid, lumayan buat selingan novel2 tebel
Roxanne
Dec 16, 2009 Roxanne rated it liked it
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.
Gracie
Jun 27, 2013 Gracie rated it did not like it
Shelves: gracie-s-books
I love just grace.the end
Yana Gaskell
Nice entertaining quick read.
Jessie Davidson
Aug 01, 2013 Jessie Davidson rated it it was amazing
It was a great book. I mostly play all day, but that book caught my attention for the first time.
Olivia Kelly
Nov 17, 2016 Olivia Kelly rated it liked it
Shelves: book-talk
This book is recommended for 2nd-4th grades and is the first of a rather lengthy series starting in 2007. The book is told by a third grader named Grace, who has had recent conflict with three other girls in her class also being named Grace. Her teacher decides to give them new names, but Grace’s attempt to remain Grace is lost in translation, making her “Just Grace” instead. Grace’s story is told in true 9-year-old girl fashion and I think that is important for the feel of the book and its popu ...more
Yareli Becerril
Oct 28, 2016 Yareli Becerril rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book! There were some parts that made me crack up and there were some parts that maybe the author could've put more enthusiasm or more action. I think this this book was pretty good and I will totally be looking forward to reading the rest of the books.
Bethany
Nov 15, 2016 Bethany rated it liked it
Read/listened to for 5420 class

A good Easy Reader for 1st graders. Just Grace also does an excellent job of modeling for kids how to "decipher" adult-isms, like vocabulary, metaphors, and reasoning.
Rebecca
Jan 10, 2017 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Sweet, funny book about a little girl whose super power is empathy. Great illustrations and fun humor.
Grace
Nov 14, 2016 Grace rated it really liked it
It was very funny. Also, you learn a lesson.
Hannah
Nov 21, 2016 Hannah rated it liked it
Kinda childish. It was mildly interesting.
Endah
Nov 08, 2008 Endah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Asriani
Tahun ajaran baru tiba. Sekarang Grace duduk di kelas tiga. Hal yang menyenangkan adalah bisa sekelas dengan Mimi, saabatnya sejak kecil. Yang menyebalkan, ia harus menerima panggilan paling konyol selama setahun atau bahkan selamanya. Semua itu dikarenakan ada tiga anak perempuan lainnya yang juga memiliki nama depan yang sama. Jika yang lain akan dipanggil dengan Grace W, Grace L, Grace F, ia akan dipanggil “Grace Aja”. Bukannya “Grace” aja seperti yang diinginkannya. Grace sangat sedih karena ...more
Anggi Hafiz Al Hakam
Jan 24, 2013 Anggi Hafiz Al Hakam rated it really liked it  ·  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
Leslie Bardo
Apr 17, 2013 Leslie Bardo rated it it was amazing
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
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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.” 1 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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