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Finding Grace

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  65 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Growing up in the ‘50s with a single mother and no father, Hope is a loner with a wonderful imagination. The letters she writes to her imaginary friend, Grace, help her cope with the difficult times in her life - her mother's sad days, their money worries, the pressures of not fitting in. On her eleventh birthday, Hope is shocked to learn that Grace is real. Hope decides ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published March 1st 2014 by Second Story Press (first published February 28th 2014)
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Ivonne Rovira
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone, of course!
Do not be fooled: The publisher’s description of Finding Grace makes it sound like a cross between The Parent Trap and an ABC Afterschool Special that’s relocated to Canada. Nothing could be further from the truth!

As Finding Grace, a nominee for the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize, is best approached without too much foreknowledge, I don’t want to say too much; however, I will reveal what the publishers did: Hope King discovers on her eleventh birthday that she has a twin sister
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Paula  Phillips
Mar 02, 2019 rated it liked it

At first reading of the blurb, I thought that this book might have been a bit of a Parent Trap styled text with the main characters being long-lost twins. The book starts with Hope having to create a family tree - of course; she fakes it as all her family contains herself, mother and grandmother. For as long as she can remember it has always been just the three of them, and she has relied a lot on her grandmother as her mother has dark days. Hope's release is writing letters to her imaginary
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
This story takes place in Vancouver and Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia in 1954. Hope Rose King and her mother Flora have moved again, into the same apartment building as her Granny. Hopt starts at a new school and has no friends, due to being a little prickly, she has difficulty making any. Hope has one friend, imaginary Grace. She constantly writes letters to this friend pouring out her thoughts and feelings. She is supposed to be doing a class assignment about her family history but ...more
Aug 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Do not read the description in Goodreads. It manages to give away at least 50 percent of the novel. That is it, back away, slowly, nothing to see there.

So, for those of you not spoiled by the Goodreads giveaway, here is the premise of the book. Hope has no friends, except her books, and the imaginary friend that she made up when she was little. So, when she is feeling depressed about her life, she writes to her, Grace. She saves all the letter, because of course, there is no address to send
Alaina Maxam
May 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
this is a story about two girls who were separated. one of the twins has been writing letters to who she thought was her imaginary friend and then finds out the truth. she finally gets to meet her and it enriches both her life and both family's lives. would definitely recommend it to others. it is a fast read because you don't really want to put it down
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Loved this book couldn't stop reading.
Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A great book about friendship, life as a young girl and overcoming challenges.
Claudia {SparrowHawk}

Finding Grace was a sort of generic tale with an emotional moral at the end. It was well-executed, the characters were somewhat likable, and the plot was interesting, albeit slightly melancholy for a story aimed at the childrens/middle-grade audience.

Nevertheless, not the best middle-grade book I’ve read, but it was sufficient enough to keep me reading; thus, it was just okay for me.
+ The story concerns a ten-year-old girl named Hope who finds
Cheriee Weichel
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: canadian
Right off the bat I'm going to let you know that I love everything Becky Citra writes. She is a former school teacher who has her finger on the pulse of what students in elementary school like to read. Her series, Jeremy and the Enchanted Theatre is perfect for youngsters, (especially boys) who are just stepping up to reading chapter books. After the Fire and Never to be Told are two of my readers favorite Canadian titles. I may be biased, but I don't think so, and neither do the members of our ...more
Michelle Kidwell
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Finding Grace

byBecky Citra

Second Story Press

Middle Grade,Children's Fiction

Pub DateMar 1, 2014

I was given a copy of Finding Grace by the publisher in exchange for my honest review so here it goes.

This book takes you to 1954 Vancouver Hope Rose King has been accused of stealing a crime stealing her classmates glow in the dark yo-yo. She also faces a class assignment about her family history but knows very little about her family history.

Her Mother just lost her job and they are forced to move
Aug 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: canadian
This is the third book in Second Story Press's Gutsy Girl series - a series about smart, brave and funny girls. All the books are standalone novels.

I have to admit that this one had my stomach in knots wondering what was going to happen and what Hope's Mom's big secret was. I felt really bad for Hope and her Mom throughout most of the book because life seemed so hard for them but Hope faced things head on for the most part. Hope copes with her mother's craziness, and her own inability to make
Ten-year-old Hope has always had an imaginary friend named Grace to whom she writes letters. Her mother struggles with bouts of depression that make it hard for her to hold down a job, and both of them rely heavily on Grace's grandmother for support. But after her grandmother's death, Hope learns the truth about her imaginary friend, and she and her mother set out to find her once again. Readers will be surprised at what happens next since sometimes happy endings come in different forms. After ...more
Mar 16, 2015 rated it liked it
10 year old Hope King has been writing letters to Grace since as long as she could write. These notes to her imaginary friend are her only comfort since her mother, Flora suffers from depression and anxiety. Middle graders will enjoy the courageous and independent-minded Hope who thrives against a backdrop of calamities. Although historical, the 1950's era drifts in gently in the expressions and cost of a popsicle. Recommended for fans of the Bobsey Twins and the classic movie The Parent Trap.
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I won this book in a goodreads giveaway. I'm not sure what age group this is for I'm thinking late elementary/jr high age. Anyways this was an interesting little story about Hope who writes to her imaginary friend Grace because she has no friends. Then she finds out Grace is a actually her twin sister her mom gave up for adoption because she had polio and knew she couldn't take care of her and thinks that maybe she's always remembered her. This was a cute and easy read. I really enjoyed it.
Suzanne Montigny
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was a smashingly good book. It literally raced. I wanted to read long into the night , it was so good. But what impressed me most about the story is the research that went on. Everything down to the copper piano at Harrison Hot Springs. Ms. citra's books are always grand!
Aug 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is about two girls that they didn't new that they were twins. After they saw a picture and they told each other that they had the same grandma one of the girls was giving to another person because she had medical issues and her mother didn't want her with her.
Aug 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is about two girls that got separated when they where born. One was given in adoption because she was born with an illness. Her mother loved her but she said it was to difficult for her to take care of her.
Rao Sarveen Kaur
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book really gives you the vibe that your actually the character Hope. Moreover, there also is a great plot twist at the end that I love. The story is about a girl named Hope. She’s been writing letters to her imaginary friend Grace for her whole life until she realizes that her mother and grandma had been hiding a huge secret in the family. This secret changed everything she’d ever known about Grace and herself. *** spoiler alert!!! She accidentally bumped into a girl on a street that looks ...more
Merrilyn Tucker
Sep 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Hope, now in grade five, has always had an imaginary friend named Grace. Her mother has tried to stop Hope from believing in this friend and, as Grace grows older, gradually the idea fades to the background. Hope's mother Flora is depressed and spends days on end in bed, or in the house in her nightgown. Luckily for Grace, her grandmother lives in the apartment downstairs, so Grace can spend time in a stable place. When Flora loses her job, she and Grace move in with her grandmother. Hope opens ...more
Genesis Maney
Hope feels like no one understands her except for her grandmother and her "imaginary" friend Grace.
Her mother likes being locked up in her room until one day when a the family goes through a tough time with her grandmother dying, hope finding out she has a dad but sadly died in the war and now finding out after all these years the secret of who Grace really is, so her and her mom go on a adventure in a small town trying to find Grace. The whole book was sad, funny, happy, and nerv-racking it's a
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