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Falling from Grace

3.03  ·  Rating details ·  634 ratings  ·  95 reviews
It was all meant to be just a game, but now Grace is missing and may not even be alive. During an elaborate game of hide-and-seek on the beach, twelve-year-old sisters Annie and Grace are caught in the rising tide, and Grace seems to have been swept away. In the midst of this, fourteen-year-old Kip is also in the wrong place at the wrong time. Finding Grace's abandoned bac ...more
Hardcover, 187 pages
Published September 12th 2007 by Holiday House (first published January 1st 2006)
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Miss Schultz
Nov 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
A Year 8 English staple.
Stacy
Aug 18, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult
Weird and creepy all at the same time. And creepy in a bad way, not a good one. Like the funny neighbor that talks to your chest and twirls a handlebar mustache and not like a Japanese horror movie.
Peter
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
A child is lost and time is running out, another child comes of age during the search. A fast paced book that’s hard to put down, but with mysteries and clues to keep you wondering till the end. It draws you into the lives of the searchers and those waiting for news.

A major theme is alcoholism. A central character has intimate knowledge of the area, and the power to quickly end the search. Instead, his drunken behaviour and alcohol damaged memory cause the search to be diverted and delayed, and
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Giselle
Jun 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I found that the start was very intriguing and it hooked you in with the use of language. However, you didn’t really get to know Annie and Grace but you got to know Kip in great detail, which annoyed me a bit. I found the ending was very quick and the middle was long but there was not much tension in the middle.
Jack
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
In my opinion, I think that this book has a great storyline, but the character development levels vary too widely. Kip’s character is far more developed and detailed than Annie. Aside from that, great book.
Steph
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book was very interesting however it got a bit confusing at times because of how many characters there were. I liked how there was a chapter for very character but the characters descriptions could have been a bit better. It still enjoyed the book a lot and it had a very enjoyable story line.
Sarah
Aug 16, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: just-terrible
In all honesty this book was terrible, I had to read it for year 8 English, and I ended up skipping parts, it was that boring. But what I find funny, is that after studying this book for a term I didn't even need to know the information in the five chapters I hardly read. I think this shows how unimportant and unnecessary half of the text was.

Now the characters. Other than Kip and a little on Ted, where's the backstory? If you want to right a book where you can connect to the characters, they n
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Isabel
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
falling from grace was a very addictive book, as soon as i picked it up and started reading i could not put it down because there was too much suspense and so much going on. this story is about 2 girls who are sisters, Annie and Grace. they are playing a game on the beach with their dad which is like hide and seek except instead of counting to 30 seconds, its 30 minutes. the two girls go the same way and find a penguin who has been drenched in oil and can ot move its wings because of it. grace w ...more
Julie
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Natalia Block
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Sofia
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thought the book was intriguing and compelling. I liked the storyline and the detailing of the book. I think the ending could have been a bit more detailed and not as abrupt to end; like when Kip found Grace, it just ENDED THAT IS NOT GOOD VERY NOT GOOD (sorry for the grammar miss) but honestly books need endurance like humans. You have to start well and end the same as you started. But the idea of having young people as the motive of the story is good.
Harley Dean
Jan 20, 2021 rated it did not like it
I just got this in a "fill a bag for $5" deal at a charity store, so I wasn't expecting the most, but I definitely expected more. This was honestly disappointing. I breezed right through it and yeah, I've been reading more this month, but not THAT much more. It was originally from a school library and the inside said year 8, but this seems low-level even for year 8. I wish I had better things to say but I just did not like this book.
Not that I hated it, it was just nothing really.
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Alexandra
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked this book because it got intense. I like books that have mysteries. Annie was my favourite character because it shows that she really cares about her sister and blames that she got lost in herself. Annie is a trustworthy person and didn’t hide that grace got lost.
Anne
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: may, ya
My daughter read this for her Year 7 English class and passed it on to me. A terrific little YA book with some interesting characters and, at the heart of the story, a terrfying situation that is every parent’s worst nightmare. A quick and entertaining read.
Kris
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Will have you on the edge of your seat. A lost child, siblings and parents worried, and what are the strange connections between strangers on a beach?
Ever got away for a weekend or summer to the beach? This will reframe your memories and have you looking back and asking "what if...?"
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Hollie
Mar 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
From what I remember the book didn't interest me at all, I had to read it for school, and I would not read it again. It's not my kind of book. ...more
Zhangxiaoqian
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finshed
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jackie f:)
Jun 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
URGH.
Luai
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Jake
Oct 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
Boring
Gilly
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
The book we had to read for semester 2 English
Marina Mooney
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I found the book really good, I really enjoy, the reason I read falling from grace my son will be reading it this for year 7 english
Jane Milton
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nice book for kids about year 7 age. Loved the lost, ageing rock n roll star character- Ted.
Flynn Van Stryp
Apr 05, 2020 rated it did not like it
Boring no action don't read. Had to read for school. ...more
Rebecca Skye
I read this one as it was assigned to my son for his year 8 English class.
I didn't find it as engaging as some of the other school assigned reads though.
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Lynda
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-teens
‘Falling from Grace’ Jane Godwin is an engrossing book, with page-turning urgency. The main protagonists are only 12-14 years old: Annie & Grace (12) and Kip (14). The two girls are sisters born 11 months apart, who for one month of the year, are the same age. Though Grace is older, she is very determined, to her peril. Kip is a young boy, negotiating the shoals of adolescence. Chance links all three to a dangerous surf beach on their separate holidays around Port Nepean, in Victoria. The weathe ...more
Camren Fletcher
Sep 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Q. What didnt you like about this book? Why?

A. A few things that I didnt like about this book were that I didnt know what half of the things that they were talking about were! Like I no NOTHING about guitars so when he was talking about this guys mid condition whatever guitar I'm sitting here thinking "What in the world is that?!". Something else that was very unenjoyable was that the book got REALLY boring at some points. The author lost me during most of the book. It was dull and boring and ju
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Casey
Jan 30, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: own
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Caitlin S
Jan 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Falling from grace was a great book. I understood everything that it had to say. Falling from grace was a book about a two girls who are playing hide and go seek in the forest and the two girls get lost. They were carrying a backpack that had everything that they needed like a cellphone and some food. While they were lost they found a penguin and they put it in the backpack and they lost the backpack down the river. So then they tried to find there way home. Then this boy comes and finds the bac ...more
Kimberli
Sep 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Falling From Grace" by Jane Godwin in an amazing mystery that will have you on the edge of your seat right from the start. Sisters Grace and Annie are trying to help a dying penguin on the beach at Point Nepean in Australia. Grace and Annie are 11 months apart and for one month out of the year they are the same age so at the time they are both 12. On the other side of the beach 14 year old Kip is dealing with his own issues, his thoughts, his feelings on being a teenager. Grace disappears and si ...more
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Jane Godwin is the Publisher, Books for Children and Young Adults, at Penguin Books Australia. She is also a highly acclaimed author of many books for children. Her work is published internationally and she has received many commendations. The Family Tree won the 2000 Queensland Premier's Award (Children's Books); Sebby, Stee, the Garbos and Me was shortlisted for the 1999 New South Wales State Li ...more

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