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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
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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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
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
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?
Annie
Sep 07, 2014 Annie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Salsabrarian
Inspired by her favorite show âœUnlikely Heroes,â Grace (or âœJust Grace,â her name in class because there are 3 other girls named Grace) comes up with an idea to cheer up her neighbor Mrs. Luther. Since Mrs. Luther broke her leg, her cat Crinkles has been gun-shy about the womanâs orange cast. Grace makes a photo-cardboard standup of Crinkle and takes pictures of it around town which she then makes into postcards to send to Mrs Luther from the cat. But her postcard mailings coincide with the di ...more
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!"
Zara
Apr 17, 2014 Zara rated it really liked it
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
Regan Leary
I think this book was very easy for my level, but it was still a good quick read. "Just Grace" was a good book with detail and suspense. This book is about a girl named Grace who loves cats and goes on a mission to find her neighbors cat whose name is Mrs. Luther. Grace is the type of girl who tries to make people happy when they are sad and comes up with lots of interesting ideas to do so. She always has crazy ideas and some of the plans don't work all of the time. She goes on a journey to find ...more
Sarah Rosenthal
Jul 05, 2015 Sarah Rosenthal rated it liked it
Just Grace is a cute read. The lists, pictures and photos of real cats (of I hope that wasn't a spoiler) will be attractive to the young and reluctant reader. I liked Grace's voice. It was difficult for me to believe that a third grader would be as empathic enough to have this as her super-power. Here is my lists of favorite parts of this book.
1. She had a downstairs neighbor who was French - and that she understood the cultural differences
2. Her teacher calls her Just Grace- funny
3.The cat pict
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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.
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
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.
Gracie
Jun 27, 2013 Gracie rated it did not like it
Shelves: gracie-s-books
I love just grace.the end
Rachel
Jul 29, 2014 Rachel rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2014, mg
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
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H
Nov 12, 2011 H rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-bluestem
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
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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Ruhama
Oct 07, 2008 Ruhama rated it it was ok
Shelves: juvenile
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
Nancy
Mar 14, 2013 Nancy rated it really liked it
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.

Pros:
+ simple sentences.
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Rofi
Aug 20, 2012 Rofi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Cheryl
Jun 12, 2012 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
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
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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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