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Grace Above All

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  45 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
What's that pink thing out on the lake? Grace realizes with horror that the distant pink smudge on the water is her youngest sister, Beth, drifting farther and farther offshore atop an inflatable raft. There's no time to lose, and Grace never dawdles anyway. Struggling through the cold waves, Grace gradually closes in on her terrified sister. At that moment, boys are the l ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published April 17th 2007 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Jan 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Thirteen-year-old Grace Doyle is forced to grown up quickly in this heartwarming tale about first love. Grace’s mother, Bernadette, has five children, but isn’t really cut-out for motherhood. As a result, Grace is the primary caretaker for her three younger siblings. The relationship between Bernadette and her husband seems to be hinged on his love for his wife and his love for his girls; however, for all intents and purposes, he isn’t much of a father figure. Bernadette decides to take her chil ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Grace is just trying to be a normal kid, but she finds it is pretty hard when her mom sleeps and smokes all day and she is left taking care of her younger siblings.

She thinks things will change when the family takes a trip to a cabin on the lake for a couple of weeks, hoping that maybe her mom just needs to relax.

WRONG! All of the responsibility falls on Grace, as usual.

She does meet a boy, though, named Frankie. He is very cute and likes her back, but t
Dec 24, 2011 rated it liked it
The companion book of The Summer Sherman Loved Me , switches to third point of view and now this is all about Margaret's best friend, Grace.
Grace pretty much has to be the "mother" for her brothers and sisters since her own mother smokes all day. Then, her little sister Beth, gets missing and Grace has to find her. She is found at a lake and Grace and some other boy, rescued her. The boy is Frankie and a little romance starts between them.
I didn't found it as heartwarming as The Summer Sherman L
Companion novel to "The Summer Sherman Loved Me"

Stuck in a cabin for two weeks without her best friend is miserable for Grace. More of a mother to her younger siblings than thier mother, Grace is often left in charge. When she notices her baby sister floating away to the middle of the lake, she swims out frantically to rescue her. She is not her sister's only rescuer, however. Frankie, the boy in the cabin next door, helps Grace tow her sister in, and suddenly the summer gets a whole lot more in
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Jan 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
I liked it it it was just like every other book it has romance, mystery,and it can be sad but it all nturns out all right. It is about a girl named Grace and she gas 4 brothers and sisters,her mom smokes and she pretty much has to be the mom. Then they all go on vacation to there lake house and there next door neighboors are a boy named Frankie, his grandpa and dad. She and Frankie like to hang out with each other but you have to read the book to find out what happends!!
Nov 27, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 12 and up
A sweet book about a tough subject. Thirteen year old Grace is burdened with the role of "the mom" in the family. During a family vacation on the lake with her many siblings and mother Grace comes to terms with her mother's capricious ways and stands up for herself. We realize right along with Grace that we make conscious decisions about who, what, and how we want to be.
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Grace Above All is a great book about a girl named Grace who goes on a summer vacation to a lake house with her mother and her three younger siblings. Her mother smokes and leaves Grace to cook, clean, and care for everyone. They go to visit her great aunt and her mysterious daughter. Grace thinks that this vacation is going to be a bust, until she meets Frankie, their neighbors son...
Jun 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Pretty good. Story set in the 70s about a girl with a negligent mother -- so she is pretty much in charge of all her siblings. Add in a boy she likes and some weird relatives and a camp on a lake setting.
Sep 11, 2007 rated it really liked it
This warmly nostalgic pair of books (The Summer Sherman Loved Me and Grace Above All) are not a series but are rather companion novels with shared characters. Realistic and well-done, they capture a moment in time and a moment in girlhood with humor and poignancy.
Brittani Keeton
Aug 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Poor Grace! But she found love
May 31, 2012 rated it liked it
This book was okay, but there wasn't a lot of drive to the plot. With the interesting characters, there could have been more going on.
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm so happy I found this author. She's got Minnesota in the summertime down and teenage girls too. Looking forward to reading the next one.
Jul 02, 2010 rated it it was ok
This book was a little painful to read. It was in the kid section of the library, but the subject matter is very mature. Not suitable for kids to read as it explores a very dysfunctional family.
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