Starring Grace
Starring Grace

Series: Grace   

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Annotation: Creative Grace sets up headquarters in her basement to lead the neighborhood kids in summer fun.
Catalog Number: #283405
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Special Formats: Inventory Sale Inventory Sale Chapter Book Chapter Book
Publisher: Penguin
Copyright Date: 2000
Edition Date: 2001
Illustrator: Binch, Caroline,
Pages: 95 pages
Availability: Available (Limited Quantities Available / While Supplies Last)
ISBN: Publisher: 0-14-230022-5 Perma-Bound: 0-605-37753-7
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-14-230022-0 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-37753-0
Dewey: Fic
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Five stories feature strong, adventurous girl characters. Toren's colorful narration of All-of- a-Kind Family enlivens short stories that relay the escapades of five sisters who live in New York's Lower East Side during the turn of the twentieth century. Musical interludes separate the episodes. Bresnahan's fine reading of The Beetle and Me allows listeners to appreciate the roller-coaster emotions experienced by a teenage girl who struggles to sort through her feelings about boys, her family, and her father's vintage Volkswagen. When both parents die and Jenny visits her grandfather, she is unprepared for the cold reception she receives in Ghosts in the Gallery. Reader Moore assigns distinct voices to all the characters, and her perfect timing helps build suspense in this scary, mysterious tale. Johnson carefully weaves a colorful story about summer adventures in her reading of Starring Grace. Using their imaginations, Grace and her friends go on a safari, invent a time machine, and become detectives. Talented narrator Johnson easily blends Grace's playful nature into the plot. Phimister, the narrator of Witch Cat, expertly reads this novel about a witch's cat, whose assignment--to convince a 12-year-old girl that she is a witch--proves difficult. The energetic, enthusiastic reading elevates the characters.
Horn Book
A favorite picture-book star (Amazing Grace, Boundless Grace) appears in her first chapter book. Grace is as appealingly irrepressible as ever, but her friends are generically characterized, as are Grace's Ma and Nana, and the book as a whole lacks urgency and individuality. It is, though, easy reading and could provide some pleasant moments for Grace's fans.
Kirkus Reviews
The creators of the popular picture books Amazing Grace (1991) and Boundless Grace (1995) have brought fans a beginning chapter book about Grace and her friends. It's summer, and the kids keep each other busy playing circus and jungle explorers, inventing a time machine, and trying out for the local production of Annie . Grace learns, as always, important lessons—about privacy, friendship, and family—from her Ma and Nana and neighbor Mrs. Myerson. She and her friends get along well, and always have a good idea for a new game. Curiously, they use expressions like "chatting," "odds and ends," and "squabble," making them sound British. (Hoffman lives in London, but she's set the story in the US.) Each of the eight chapters is episodic, and though they are linked to each other, there is no binding plot. Hoffman's narrative style is nearly identical to that in her picture books and, unfortunately, does not provide much in the way of setting. In the picture books, this was compensated for by the illustrations; here, Binch's black-and-white art (not seen) is only occasional, and Hoffman hasn't made the leap to a style that will engage readers in a chapter-book format. Nor does she introduce the characters, who are difficult to get to know until well into the story, to readers new to the books. However, readers already familiar with these characters may enjoy learning about their new adventures. (Fiction. 5-9)
Publishers Weekly

The star of Amazing Grace and Boundless Grace uses her house as headquarters for her and her friends to launch a series of adventures (including a circus act and a safari) during their summer break from school in this simple chapter book. Ages 7-11. (Dec.)

School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-This beginning chapter book finds Grace and her friends at the start of summer vacation ready for new adventures, and that's just what they get. From circus performers to ghostbusters, from astronauts to detectives, the child and her "gang of four" always find something exciting to play. What makes this episodic tale work particularly well are the plot twists in each chapter. For instance, when the girl and her pals decide to investigate the "haunted house" in the neighborhood, they meet a timid old woman whose wartime escape from Europe years before has left her frightened of leaving her home. There are misadventures, too-as when Grace decides to spy on her mother's boyfriend and gets caught. Still, all's well that ends well, and as the summer draws to a close, Grace and company get to perform on a real stage. Hoffman's text reads easily and is filled with humor and the wide-eyed innocence of young children at play. The plot is believable, and the characters are well drawn-although Grace's grandmother and mother seem to have the patience of a whole school of saints. One full-page pencil drawing illustrates each chapter. This is sure to be a hit with fans of Amazing Grace (1991) and Boundless Grace (1995, both Dial), both picture books, and will be a fast-paced choice for reluctant readers.-Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Word Count: 14,181
Reading Level: 4.8
Interest Level: 1-4
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.8 / points: 2.0 / quiz: 41117 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.7 / points:5.0 / quiz:Q22019
Lexile: 740L
Guided Reading Level: O
Fountas & Pinnell: O

A chapter bookk sequel to New York Times bestseller and finalist Kate Greenaway Medal, Amazing Grace and Boundless Grace.

School’s out . . . and of course that means it’s time for fun! Grace and her friends are always ready for a little adventure, and Grace’s backyard is the perfect place to set up headquarters. Suddenly the lawn is transformed into the center ring of a big-top circus, then a rocket launch pad, and then a hospital emergency room! The group’s exploits, both real and imagined, provide all kinds of unexpected rewards—and might even land Grace on an actual stage in a real theater production!
“This is sure to be a hit with fans of Amazing Grace and Boundless Grace. . . . [A] fast-paced choice.”—School Library Journal

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