Just Grace and the Flower Girl Power (Just Grace Series)

Just Grace and the Flower Girl Power (Just Grace Series)

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by Charise Mericle Harper
     
 

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Fresh, innovative, and loaded with laugh-out-loud wit and humor, Just Grace is a series
that stands out from the pack, just like Grace herself. Author Charise Harper weaves
together distinctive, quirky illustrations and vibrant characters in fast-paced stories that
capture familiar school and family situations that every young girl can relate to in a truly

Overview

Fresh, innovative, and loaded with laugh-out-loud wit and humor, Just Grace is a series
that stands out from the pack, just like Grace herself. Author Charise Harper weaves
together distinctive, quirky illustrations and vibrant characters in fast-paced stories that
capture familiar school and family situations that every young girl can relate to in a truly
authentic voice. Artist, comedian, animal-lover, environmentalist, cook, sister, good friend
—Grace is the quintessential 3rd grader… just a little bit… different.
In this eighth addition to the series—Grace has major problems. Her neighbor is
getting married and she has to get over her disappointment at not being chosen for a
flower girl, not to mention figure out what to give as a wedding present! But with a touch
of girl power, Grace musters up a fantastic idea that takes a lot of planning and a little
help from all of her friends; her dog, Mr. Scruffers; and Crinkles the cat. Will her plan go
off without a hitch on wedding day?

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Thoroughly entertaining . . . readers will easily sit back and enjoy the fun."—Booklist
Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Grace's best grown-up friend and neighbor, Augustine Dupre, is getting married. Grace immediately jumps to the conclusion that she will be the flower girl in Augustine's wedding party. Sadly, the bride-to-be informs Grace that the groom promised the role to a five-year-old Delphine who is his cousin or niece (unclear in the story). Augustine promises to come up with a special role in the wedding for Grace. Meanwhile, Grace enlists the help of her friends and pets to come up with a special, wedding surprise for Augustine. The story is divided with sections marked by headings in large print, capital letters which provides stopping points for readers building their reading endurance. There are cartoon-like illustrations that expand on Grace's thoughts throughout the story. This book is the eighth one in the series. Explore the "Just Grace" and author web sites for information and activities. Readers of Junie B. Jones' stories may also find the "Just Grace" series as appealing. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547577203
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
05/08/2012
Series:
Just Grace Series, #8
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.77(d)
Lexile:
660L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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THE FIVE BIG I-CANNOT-BELIEVE-ITS OF MY LIFE SO FAR

1. That my teacher, Miss Lois, decided to call me Just Grace instead of my real name, which is Grace, without the Just part in front of it. This happened a while ago, but it still bugs me! Even just thinking about it can make me grumpy. Yesterday I drew a cartoon explaining how the whole thing happened. Sometimes drawing cartoons helps me feel better. I don’t know why it works, but it does. I’m glad about that.

2. That I finally got a real live pet, and it’s NOT a turtle or a fish! A while ago I had a big idea to make a pretend dog. I called him Chip-Up and I made him out of cardboard boxes. I took care of him like he was real, that way Mom and Dad could see how responsible I was and then they’d let me get a real dog. Chip-Up looked super good, and even though I worked really hard to take care of him, Dad did not seem like he was ever going to turn into a dog-loving person. But one day he surprised me and did. The day I got Mr. Scruffers was the best day of my entire life! A cardboard dog is okay, but a real dog is 100 percent better. And even though Mr. Scruffers is a girl dog and has a boy name, she is still amazing and perfect for me!

3. That Augustine Dupre is getting married in two weeks and I didn’t even know she had a boyfriend.

4. That Augustine Dupre is having her wedding in the middle of Mrs. Luther’s backyard. Mrs. Luther is one of my next-door neighbors, so if I wanted to, I could spy on the wedding and see the whole thing right from my bedroom window. Of course I am 100 percent invited to the wedding, so the spying part doesn’t matter, but still even just knowing that I could do it is kind of cool.

5. That I am NOT going to be the flower girl at Augustine Dupre’s wedding!

FIVE THINGS ABOUT AUGUSTINE DUPRE THAT YOU CANNOT TELL JUST BY LOOKING AT HER

1. She is a very good listener. If there is something you want to say, she can make the air around her quiet and still so the words just float out of your mouth without you even having to think about pushing them.

2. She is in love with Mrs. Luther’s cat, Crinkles. Even though Crinkles lives next door with Mrs. Luther, he spends a lot of time visiting with Augustine Dupre and sitting on her sofa.

3. She has great ideas and is a good problem solver. She can make an idea go straight from her head into your head so easily that your brain might even forget that she thought of it first.

4. She is funny and likes to make jokes.

5. She is my best grown-up friend who is not related to me.

WHAT I DID TWO SECONDS AFTER AUGUSTINE DUPRE TOLD ME SHE WAS GETTING MARRIED

I screamed. "AAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!" It was a long, happy scream, so Augustine Dupre was mostly surprised and not mostly scared. That was good. I couldn’t help the scream. Sometimes you can’t help but be crazy if your head is suddenly feeling combustible. The extra energy has to get out of there somehow.

WHAT HAPPENED TEN SECOND AFTER AUGUSTINE DUPRE TOLD ME SHE WAS GETTING MARRIED

My brain went through a superfast list of everything to do with a wedding: wedding dress, flowers, flower girl . . . and then it stopped. I looked up at Augustine Dupre and said, "I will be the best flower girl ever! I promise! I promise! I promise!" And then I threw my hands into the air and said it one more time, extra big for special meaning: "I PROMISE!"

WHAT IS SAD BUT TRUE

Just because you really, really, really want be a flower girl and you know you’d be perfect at it, and even if it’s probably the only time in your entire life that you’ll have the chance to be one, this does not mean that your wish of being the flower girl is going to come true. This I did not know.

HOW I FOUND OUT ABOUT NOT BEING THE FLOWER GIRL

I opened my arms to give Augustine Dupre a big I’m-so-happy-I-get-to-be-the-flower-girl hug, but instead of letting me hug her she held my hands and looked down at me with a sad face. "Oh, Grace! I’m so sorry," she said. "You can’t be the flower girl. Luke has promised being the flower girl to his little cousin. We’ll find something else for you to do. I promise! Something special." Augustine Dupre was saying lots of words, but the only ones that I was hearing over and over again were "You can’t be the flower girl. You can’t be the flower girl. You can’t be the flower girl."

It was surprising, because even though I had only been thinking I was going to be the flower girl for about two minutes, it was still super disappointing and sad to find out it wasn’t going to happen.

WHAT MY MOUTH SAID NEXT

"What’s her name? The girl who gets to be the flower girl?" I don’t know why it was important, but suddenly I wanted to know everything about her. It was 100 percent easy for me to imagine that I was not going to like her even one teeny tiny bit.

Augustine Dupre looked worried. Probably because I was wearing my unhappy face—sometimes I’m not very good at hiding it. She made a little sigh and said, "Her name is Delphine. She’s five years old and she is Luke’s only niece. I’m sure you will like her, and I know she will love you!" Augustine Dupre put her hands on my shoulders and studied my eyes like she was trying to see into my brain to know what I was thinking. It was a good thing she didn’t have those kind of powers. Sometimes the things that go on inside your head are better kept private.

WORDS CAN BE POWERFUL

I don’t know why it happened, but suddenly my whole mood was different. Augustine Dupre’s words had changed me. She had changed my mad to sad.

Mad is easier than sad.

Sadness is not easy.

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 www.chariseharper.com and visit Just Grace's website at www.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 Flower Girl Power 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love these books!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I luv this book and it was great also it reminded me of when i made a club called the flower power club
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love these books! I like the comics
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The sample is not good but the real thing is!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this book good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. Grace hopes to be in a wedding. Read and find out what happens.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had just read half of it and i think it is awesome.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(Just) Grace finds out the Augustine Dupre is getting married! What else goes with a wedding? Bridesmaids, flowers, flower girls, grooms, -FLOWER GIRLS!!! Grace's has always dreamed of being a flower girl. But when she learns that Augustine Dupre's fiancee Luke's niece, Delphine, is the flower girl, she feels upset. But then (just) Grace has a great idea! She calls it... FLOWER CAT!!! She can train Crinkles, Augustine Dupre's favorite cat, to walk down the aisle at the wedding! But, cats aren't that easy to train. Will Grace not feel upset anymore? Will she help Delphine? Will she be able to do Flower Cat?! Read this book to find out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a really really REALLY totally good book. If you like it, try all the other Just Grace books. JUST GRACE RULES!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read one of these books before but i cant remember if i likedit or not because i was younger but i think theyre a little stupid.