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Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
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Forget-Her-Nots by Amy Brecount White
I Remember Beirut by Zeina Abirached
The Isobel Journal by Isobel Harrop
Language and Art in the Navajo Universe by Gary Witherspoon
Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo by Obert Skye
Mad Scientist by Jennifer L. Holm
A Midsummer Tights Dream by Louise Rennison
Mr. Toppit by Charles Elton
Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales
Once Upon a Curse by E.D. Baker
101 Things I Hate About Your House by James Swan
The People Inside by Ray Fawkes
Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey by Nick Bertozzi
Strange Fruit, Volume 1 by Joel Christian Gill
Unicorns? Get Real! by Kathryn Lasky
Unthinkable by Nancy Werlin
Whiteoaks of Jalna by Mazo de la Roche
Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
Zombelina by Kristyn Crow

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Amazing Grace: 02/15/15

Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman is the story about a girl who loves to tell stories.

Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman is the story about a girl who loves to tell stories. Her class is putting on a play and she wants to be the star. The play is Peter Pan.

Now for anyone who has seen Peter Pan performed live, you know it's typical for a young, short, woman to play Peter's part. The children in the book though tease Grace for wanting to play Peter's role. She's further teased because she's black and Peter isn't.

Thankfully Grace has a supportive family. Not only is she given a well needed pep talk, she's shown other women who have done things they've been told only men can do.

Grace ends up taking the talk to heart and practices her lines to the point that she's the obvious choice to play Peter.

I listened to an audio version of the book. I would like to go back and read it as a picture book to see the accompanying illustrations by Caroline Binch

Five stars

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Comment #1: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 00:34:26

Becca Lostinbooks

This sounds like a really empowering book! Yay!



Comment #2: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 21:49:35

Pussreboots

Empowering's a good word for this book. Interestingly, Amazing Grace is included in my daughter's 3rd grade language arts textbook. She and I both want to read it in its original picture book format now.