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Booklist: Full of Grace

June 6th, 2006 (08:32 pm)
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Current Mood: sleepy
Current Song: Without a Trace theme song

I like how words sound and look. I like what words mean and represent. My favorite words include:

Dance.
Shiny. (H. agrees.)
Truth.

There are books that I find - rather, that find me - because of a word in the title or the name of a character. Here is a booklist dedicated to stories with Grace.

Amazing Grace by Megan Shull - **** - PG

Amazing Grace is an absolutely sweet story about a tennis pro who takes a much-needed break from it all. It has so much heart and it made me smile. Readers can't help but root for Grace to find her way. I feel that Amazing Grace is the one of the best attempts at the "de-celebrity" or "makeunder" storyline, something which many teen books have tackled in recent years. Amazing Grace is plausible and realistic without ever relying on modern-day tidbits and namedropping to make it more hip and marketable. This is the story of a girl who wanted and needed to get out of the spotlight and lead a normal life. Highly recommended. (See my post about all of Megan Shull's novels.)

Finding Grace by Alyssa Brugman - *** - PG

In this thoughtful novel, a high school graduate becomes the caretaker for a woman who became brain damaged as an adult for reasons unknown . . . at first. As Rachel learns more about her charge Grace, she also learns more about herself. Finding Grace is an aptly titled coming-of-age story that I recommend to teens and adults alike. It was surprisingly poignant. Rachel is appropriately awkward at first, not certain how to act around Grace. She is also on that brink between being a kid and being an adult, having graduated from high school but not completely knowing what she wants to do next. Highly recommended. (Read my post about this book, written for the One Shot World Tour.)

Tending to Grace by Kimberly Fusco - *** - PG

When Cornelia is in ninth grade, her mother leaves her with her Great-Aunt Agatha and takes off with her boyfriend. Cornelia and Agatha are vastly different, with the teenager being a shy bookworm with a stutter and the older woman being a very folksy, country lady. Though it is blood that binds them, it is ultimately literacy that bonds them. This book is short and sweet, poignant and poetic. It is easy enough for reluctant readers and important enough to discuss with kids and adults alike. Recommended.

Grace Happens by Jan M. Czech - ** - PG

The daughter of a famous actress gets to spend a summer on Martha's Vineyard. Away from the sets and the spotlight, she hopes to have a normal vacation and learn more about her family. This book is cute and clean, but I'd recommend it to middle schoolers rather than high schoolers. Grace's choice of words, her actions, and her reactions made her seem much younger than the age she was supposed to be, fifteen. Still, the book is cute and clean. Worth a read.

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 7th, 2006 03:58 am (UTC)
Random Grace Notes
dreaming

Yes, I did watch Will & Grace, from day one until the day of Woody Harrelson. I watched W&G every week until he came on the show. I could not stand his character nor the plotlines surrounding him, so I stopped watching the show regularly. I wasn't able to see the final episode of the series when it aired, but I wanted to, and I still want to, so I will at some point. I think Debra Messing is good; I'd already knew of her prior to W&G, and think she did a great job as Grace. I didn't know of Eric McCormack before W&G premiered, but I immediately loved his acting style. When the first episode aired, I turned to the person watching it with me and said, "Now there's a theatre-trained actor." I continued to enjoy his performance as Will. I heard him sing (and saw him in other roles) and praised him even more.

Yes, I love the song Full of Grace by Sarah McLachlan. It was already a beautiful song on its own, then it was used perfectly during Becoming Part 2, the second season finale of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and I loved it even more than I already did.

Posted by: Tanya Lee Stone (tanyaleestone)
Posted at: June 7th, 2006 11:00 am (UTC)
Re: Random Grace Notes

And Elizabeth Winthrop has a beautiful new historical fiction MG out called Counting on Grace.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 7th, 2006 02:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Random Grace Notes

Thanks for the tip!

Posted by: fa3ryg1rl (fa3ryg1rl)
Posted at: June 8th, 2006 09:08 pm (UTC)

Saw this book and thought of you. There are lots of others just like it.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0735201218/ref=sid_dp_dp/102-5148638-0462516?%5Fencoding=UTF8&v=glance&n=283155

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 8th, 2006 09:37 pm (UTC)

That looks nifty. Thanks for the thought and the link.

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