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Marie-Grace Gardner has just arrived in New Orleans, and she hopes she never has to move again. The lively city is unlike any other place Marie-Grace has lived. When she meets Mademoiselle Océane, a talented opera singer, Marie-Grace longs to take lessons. She loves to sing, and she would like to get to know Cécile Rey, the confident girl who is Mademoiselle's student. But Marie-Grace is shy, and starting school reminds her how hard it is to make friends and fit in. Can an unexpected adventure help her feel as ...
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Marie-Grace Gardner has just arrived in New Orleans, and she hopes she never has to move again. The lively city is unlike any other place Marie-Grace has lived. When she meets Mademoiselle Océane, a talented opera singer, Marie-Grace longs to take lessons. She loves to sing, and she would like to get to know Cécile Rey, the confident girl who is Mademoiselle's student. But Marie-Grace is shy, and starting school reminds her how hard it is to make friends and fit in. Can an unexpected adventure help her feel as if she belongs in New Orleans?
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Children's Literature - Suzanna E. Henshon
In this new "American Girl" series title, young readers travel back in time to New Orleans in the 1853, an exciting era when the Mardi Gras tradition was already well-established. Marie-Grace Gardner arrives in New Orleans with her widowed father, who works as a physician. Marie-Grace lived in the city as a young child, prior to the deaths of her mother and brother. Upon returning to the city, Marie-Grace rediscovers her love of music under the tutelage of Mademoiselle Oceane, an opera singer. Marie-Grace becomes best friends with Cecile, a wealthy African-American girl. Soon Marie-Grace receives an invitation to the children's ball, and starts planning her costume. On the night of the ball, her father is called away suddenly to attend to a sick patient. Will Marie-Grace live her dream? Will she find friends, family, and happiness in New Orleans? Young readers will enjoy this unusual series, which features two protagonists for the first time. This unusual storytelling feature allows readers to step back in time through two identities, gaining a wider understanding of historical events. Reviewer: Suzanna E. Henshon, Ph.D.
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Gr 2–5—In Meet Marie-Grace, the child and her physician father move to New Orleans in 1853, where she begins voice lessons with the opera singer Mademoiselle Océane. She meets Cécile, an outgoing African American girl, and, although the girls are total opposites, they form an unlikely bond and Cécile educates her friend about race relations in the South. In Orphans, the protagonist finds a baby boy on her doorstep and wants to keep him. When a slave catcher comes for him, Marie-Grace and Cécile come up with a plan to keep the infant safe. Finally, in Difference, yellow fever has hit the city. Mademoiselle becomes ill and the orphanage where Marie-Grace and Cécile volunteer is full of children who lost their parents to the sickness. As the fever spreads across the city, the girls do their best to help those in need. Full-color illustrations are scattered throughout, and concluding sections offer relevant information about the events and include photos and reproductions. Fans of the "American Girl" books will dig right into this new series and seek out the titles told from Cécile's point of view.—Sarah Polace, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593696511
  • Publisher: American Girl Publishing, Inc
  • Publication date: 8/30/2011
  • Series: American Girl Series
  • Pages: 120
  • Age range: 8 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2012

    Rock american girls

    I love american girl books, they're so realalistic! READ THIS BOOK!!! :D

    14 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2012

    Great one

    Meet Marie-Grace is a book like no other.So easy to realize what it would of been like back then,and you can relate to in 2012.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2011

    goood book

    good book

    8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2012

    Great:):)

    I love american girl!!!! I have 8 american girl dolls! I get one every year. I have read some of the books. They were great!!

    6 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 2, 2012

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    Perfect!every thing is perfect!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

    good book

    It was interesting, but left you feeling like the story wasn't over when it ended. Still if you read them all it is worth reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2011

    Great

    American girl celebration coming up have to read 6 this one is the best

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2011

    5 stars

    I havent read it yet, but it sounds totally awsome!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2011

    Cool

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  • Posted October 20, 2011

    I love american girl series

    I <3 this series!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

    Good book

    Its a good series

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  • Posted September 25, 2011

    Captivating; a book that grabs you attention.

    I LOVE this book. It's a great way to learn about history while enjoying the world reading opens up for you. Bravo!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2011

    Favorite book!

    I love this book! It is a great book about friendship and courage!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2013

    Meet mraie gace

    I just readedit and i could not put it down.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2013

    Great book!!

    I love the book.
    (People need to be writing reviews, and not using this to text each other.)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013

    To Ice princess

    Im part of the club!!!!!!!! Im OG that stands for opera ghost.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2012

    love love LOVE American Girl

    I love american girl so i love this book. I hope my mom will let me get one of Cecile books soon.

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  • Posted October 9, 2011

    Qe

    Great

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2011

    Love it.

    This book makes me want the doll.

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    Posted February 14, 2013

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