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Just Grace

(Just Grace #1)

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3.74  ·  Rating details ·  3,123 ratings  ·  292 reviews
Grace loves cats, 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 finds herself in a bit of trouble. Illustrations. ...more
Hardcover, 138 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Houghton Mifflin
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Ivonne Rovira
Jul 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
May 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-chapter
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
Darla
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I also love cats so Grace and I are kindred spirits. At times this book made me laugh out loud. I found myself relaying major plot points to my husband and son as I just had to share. The artwork in this book is amusing, the inner voice of Grace is authentic and I definitely plan to read more about "Just" Grace. ...more
Jennifer
Oct 03, 2012 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 rated it really liked it
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
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 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011, children-s
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
Grace
Mar 20, 2022 rated it did not like it
This is actually the worst book in existence. As a grace I feel deeply offended that this book is a thing and uses my name in it. WHAT STUPID ASS TEACHER THINKS THAT SOMEONE WANTS TO BE CALLED LITERALLY "JUST GRACE" THAT IS THE DUMBEST GODDAMN THING SHE COULD HAVE DONE. HOW DID THAT WOMAN PASS SCHOOL AND END UP TEACHING? SHE NEEDS TO BE PUT IN PRISON FOR THAT CRIME. I COULDN'T EVEN FINISH BECAUSE OF HOW MAD I WAS. AND HOW IS THERE A WHOLE SERIES FOR THIS DUMPSTER FIRE?? DO NOT GIVE THIS TO YOUR ...more
Brooke
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Good writing. Its boring
Christie
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Just Grace was a very good story about Grace and her life. I enjoyed this book as I was growing up.
Xyra
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
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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Roxy the Fury
Jul 31, 2017 rated it did not like it
This was a book club read. A group of my mom-friends got together and we decided to make our daughters read for the summer. So I believe my review should hold more weight as ten girls read this book and ten girls hated it, along with the moms that had to read it with them (present company included).

Why this is considered an early reader chapter book beats the heck out of me. For a group of girls that are learning to read and write proper English this book was extremely difficult. The constant r
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Nobies57
Nov 13, 2010 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
Jul 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
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 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
Samantha
Aug 16, 2012 rated it liked it
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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Roxanne
Dec 16, 2009 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.
Gracie
Jun 27, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gracie-s-books
I love just grace.the end
Jessie Davidson
Aug 01, 2013 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.
Yana "Always Forgets to Log Out" Gaskell
Nice entertaining quick read.
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Grace Stewart has the bad luck of having three other Graces in her third-grade class, so she is given the label of “Just Grace,” which she despises. Not a great way to start out the school year, but at least she is with her best friend, Mimi, and they don’t have to deal with the awful Sammy Stringer too much.

Grace’s life is also filled with adventures involving her downstairs tenant, Augustine Dupre (from France!), and her odd next-door neighbor, who also happens to be a teacher at her school, M
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Dorothy Minor
Dec 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
As an eclectic reader, I enjoy books for readers of all ages. I was looking for a book to send a young friend who is an avid reader when I stumbled across Just Grace by Charise Mericle Harper. It is the first in a series featuring Grace Stewart as the main character.

Grace has the misfortune to be in a third-grade class with three other girls named Grace. Miss Lois, the teacher, says, “Grace Wallace, you will be Grace W. Grace Francis can be Grace F., and Grace Landowski can be Grace L.” However,
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Anastasia Tuckness
Apparently I came across this book in August 2009 and marked it "read me soon." Only 8 1/2 years later, I finally did. I guess I don't listen to myself very well!

It's actually a really fun book (and start to a series)--a beginning chapter book with plenty of illustrations and a bit of sass. Grace is one of 3 Graces in her class--thus the name "just Grace." The others are "Gracie" and "Grace" + last initial. After they figure this out, the teacher says, "Now let's move on to the Owens." I found t
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Alyson
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. For being a beginning chapter books for students it had a fair amount a humor and heart. Just Grace is the name Grace has been given in her school class to differentiate between the 3 girls named Grace in class. The name was a misunderstanding and she isn't a fan of it.

I was entertained by Grace's plot to help cheer up her neighbor, who's cat isn't as loving towards her after a small accident. Grace takes a picture of the neighbor's cat and gets it blown
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Rachel
This book is about a girl named Grace. Grace’s teacher, Mrs. Luther, lost her cat, named crinkles. When grace found out she lost her cat, she wanted to cheer up Mrs. Luther, by sending her postcards. The thing was, Grace wanted to make Mrs. Luther happy while pretending that her postcards were from crinkles. The postcards cheered up Mrs. Luther a little bit, but she was still sad that her cat was missing. So, grace decided to help out Mrs. Luther with finding crinkles. After they found crinkles, ...more
Eileen
Nov 16, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kid-read
I read this to make sure the story content was appropriate for my 8 year old niece before I gave it to her, and for that, 5 stars. The story itself, however, was a little lame and I predicted what had happened to the cat very early on. But I also have to remember that this book was written as if it was a third grader telling her story to my niece (also a 3rd grader) and I have to say the narration feels authentic. How everything is a big deal that you need to draw to get it out; how boys are gro ...more
Ellen
Graces Stewart has a rather specific voice. I almost gave up on this book at the start because it began with quite a lot of whining ("I did not get to be") and much name calling of classmates. I like that she's a flawed character, but I didn't actually like her (tricky, that). By the end, I could see more of the appeal, and Grace had gotten over some of her prejudices, but I'm still not completely sold on the series as a positive one. ...more
Brenda Fryland
Aug 01, 2022 rated it liked it
Hmmm, maybe 2nd graders might like this one. Quirky 9 year old character Grace is the narrator and it is written in a clunky way to reflect that. Unfortunately, that drove me crazy. Perhaps kids would enjoy it though-especially a reluctant reader. The cute little pictures scattered through it would really help them. Little poop oriented gross outs might amuse the younger crowd.

It’s a decent realistic fiction option but I would not use it for lessons or book clubs at school.
Lindsay
Jul 25, 2017 rated it liked it
I followed this book with my daughter, who sometimes struggles with vocabulary words. I enjoyed this book because many of the vocabulary books Grace used, she explained in a childlike way. It was easier for her to understand. I also think Grace is a cute character with the great idea that kind of blows up in her face. Hoping my daughter will continue the next few books so I can follow.
Ronda
How have I not read this before now? Grace is one of four girls named Grace in her class, and instead of being Grace with an initial, she wants to be "just Grace" and, well, her new nickname is set, whether she wants it or not. More review later. It is way past my bedtime. Actually, it's almost my wake-up time! Aaack! Gotta get back on a decent schedule before school starts!!!! ...more
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