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Angel's Grace

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  59 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
While visiting her grandmother in Trinidad, thirteen-year-old Grace sees a photograph of a stranger with a birthmark identical to hers, and begins to wonder if the reason she feels different from the rest of her family is that he is her real father. Ages 10+ years.
Hardcover, 165 pages
Published January 6th 2005 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Francesca Forrest
May 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fourteen-year-old Grace has a birthmark that looks like a small hand, just over her heart, which her mom told her an angel gave her when she was in an incubator after birth. But when she and her younger sister Sally are sent to Trinidad for the summer, to spend time with their maternal grandmother and other relatives, Grace sees a photo of her mother, father, and other friends from back before her parents were married, and among the friends is a man who seems to have the same birthmark. Grace lo ...more
Jul 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story. This was a poignant tale about a young girl, Grace, who always knew she was different from the rest of her family, but simply couldn't put her finger on why. Her summer trip to her parents' native Trinidad and an old photograph of their friends began to finally spell it out for her. Watching the compelling story unfold around her young eyes was capitivating. It was a wonderful page turner. The tenderness and sensitive nature of the relationship between Grace and her ...more
May 24, 2010 rated it liked it
I liked it...a lot! It was interesting: who wouldn't want to read a book about a girl trying to find her real father. But ha ha, it seems like a book that the 9 year old louisa wouldn't like...but ten year old louisa is definently pleased.

But I just took off one of the stars because reading about girls finding their real parents is soo Cliche
Aug 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Ok so I read this book about two to three years ago. It just popped in my mind to add it and I couldn't find the name of it for anything. BUT I FOUND IT!!!!!!!!! After a two week long search :D This book is reallllly interesting. I loved it and I recommend it.
Feb 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2011
Alright so the premise of this book is a cliche so I shouldn't complain....but I'm going to go ahead. The story crawls along at a snail's pace which is especially unsatisfactory when the book is so short and about a cliche topic. When there are 165 pages of large print the story cannot afford to move s-l-o-w-l-y unless it spends pages and pages describing the new (well new-to-readers) location. This book does not do that which was really disappointing because I've never gone to Trinidad and I'm ...more
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Thirteen-year-old Grace and her sister Sally are spending eight very long weeks with Ma, their grandmother, in Trinidad. Grace misses her friends back in Brooklyn and wishes she could tell them about Raj, the neighbor boy who makes her uncomfortable in a strange new way.

One bright spot is Grace's Aunty Jackie, who is full of fascinating family stories. One evening, Jackie shows Grace old family photos. Grace sees one that puzzles her: Next to Grace's young mother stands a man with a birthmark id
H.J. Daly
Mar 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Thirteen year old Grace and her younger sister Sally, spends a summer holiday with their grandmother in Trinidad. Pulled away from her New York home, she is left unhappy with no one to talk to. Whilst there, she finds a photo album. One picture is a blurred image of a man with an identical birthmark to hers. Grace starts to question her family but nobody seems to know who the man is and she feels she has no choice but to look into this. Her search leads her to discover things about herself and h ...more
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lovely. This is a quiet book that runs deep with feeling, just like the main character, Grace. Relationships are examined from every angle: grandmothers to grandchildren, mother to daughter, parents' friends to children, father to daughter, and most in depth, sister to sister. Grace delves into what it means to belong as well as how you can feel "other" within your own family.

One of my favorite parts was a passage where the girls are waiting for their grandmother, Ma, to be ready to go with the
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Angel's Grace sucked me into its pages with island images and great characters, and the mystery at the heart of it really got me involved. But it's the heart in this writing that really shines. A young teen knows she doesn't quite belong...knows that there is a secret at the heart of it. And her relentless spirit keeps her hot on the trail. But what she learns is unexpected, and the bonds of her family are rewoven. A beautiful and tear-inducing book that is so touching. Perfect for readers in th ...more
Mary Bronson
May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I remember reading this book back in high school. I thought this was such a great book. I really did enjoy reading it. I loved the plot and characters of the story. I thought they were very well written. I remember I wanted there to be a sequel to this book. I am not sure if she did write another book or not.
Mar 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Katie Ouellette
Jul 01, 2009 rated it liked it
I read this because my 14 year old cousin told me to. The beginning was so so slow, I almost didn't want to continue. I'm glad I did though because the ending was really worth it, almost emotional even :)
Patricia Awapara
Aug 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful, warm and sweet story. From begining to end it was entertaining and it kept me intriguied. Anyone can relate to the story in many levels, because it is about family, missunderstandins and love. I highly recommend it.
Kathy Erskine
Mar 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
Great way to learn about Trinidad and island culture. Good story, too.
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