Just Grace and the Double Surprise

Just Grace and the Double Surprise

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by Charise Mericle Harper
     
 

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In this seventh installment in the Just Grace series, any day now Grace’s best friend in the whole world, Mimi, is going to be getting a brand-new sister. Grace is really excited, plus nervous, plus worried, plus happy all mixed together. But both Grace and Mimi are in for a surprise when they find out that Mimi’s family is not adopting a brand-new…  See more details below

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In this seventh installment in the Just Grace series, any day now Grace’s best friend in the whole world, Mimi, is going to be getting a brand-new sister. Grace is really excited, plus nervous, plus worried, plus happy all mixed together. But both Grace and Mimi are in for a surprise when they find out that Mimi’s family is not adopting a brand-new sister—and instead she is getting a brand-new brother. (Oh, brother!) And to heighten the excitement even further, Grace is in for another big surprise!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Krisan Murphy
Just Grace, an accidental nickname to differentiate Grace from other classmates named Grace, is not the only person receiving a surprise in this delightful fast-paced story. Waiting is a terrible affliction middle grade students relate to and despise. When Just Grace and her best friend, Mimi, wait for the arrival of Mimi's adopted sister, they imagine the adopted sister of their dreams. But dreams do not always some true. Ironically, while Mimi deals with disappointed expectations, Grace receives an unexpected wish of a lifetime. This middle grade novel sets an excellent example of how to express empathy toward a hurting friend even while enjoying a fulfilled dream. The realistic characters of Just Grace and Mimi develop and mature through real-life struggles. Parents and teachers may find this title an excellent book for children coping with and resolving disappointments. The whimsical pen and ink drawings throughout the book and the unique chapter divisions make this book a quick read. Students will enjoy the world of Just Grace in the other six books in this series. Reviewer: Krisan Murphy
School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—In this installment, eight-year-old Grace is dealt a "double surprise": her friend Mimi's family adopts a boy instead of a girl as they had expected, and Grace's parents finally say yes to her longtime dream of getting a dog. Readers unfamiliar with adoption will appreciate Grace's humorous, informative primer ("Adopting a new sister is not like shopping in a grocery store"). Harper expertly conveys the emotional ups and downs of welcoming a new family member: Mimi's disappointment at not having a sister mirrors Grace's frustration that her female dog answers only to the name Mr. Scruffers. Harper's humorous black-and-white cartoons suggest Jeff Kinney's "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" (Abrams) and help break up the text into manageable chunks ideal for new chapter-book readers. These simple but charming drawings evoke a typical young girl's notebook or journal doodles, and the accompanying speech bubbles and captions express the spirited heroine's unique perspective. Though Harper has crafted an engaging story, the book's strength lies in its protagonist's strong, distinctive voice. Chapter titles such as "What Happened Next" that are often followed by one-liners like "Craziness!!!" should build readers' confidence. Fans of the series and new readers alike will enjoy Double Surprise. This latest episode is a lighthearted alternative to more serious, instructional books on adoption. A fun, appealing chapter book.—Mahnaz Dar, Convent of the Sacred Heart, New York City

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547573861
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
08/01/2011
Series:
Just Grace Series , #7
Sold by:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
860,911
Lexile:
720L (what's this?)
File size:
27 MB
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Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Charise Mericle Harper is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including the Just Grace series. In a starred review, Booklist called Just Grace “Hilarious,” and said, “The kids come alive in the story, and Harper enhances the comical goings-on with sparkling cartoon sketches. Give this to . . . anyone looking for a funny book.” Charise lives in Westchester County, New York. Visit her website at chariseharper.com and visit Just Grace's website at justgracebooks.com, where you'll find all sorts of fun things, including videos, quizzes, and information about all the Just Grace books.

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Just Grace and the Double Surprise 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutly LOVE the Just Grace books! Even though im 12 years old i still luv them. They are just sooooooooo fun!
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