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Saving Grace

Saving Grace

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by Darlene Ryan

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Evie was pregnant and forced to give up the baby. But she can’t just leave the child with strangers, especially when she thinks the baby is being neglected. Evie snatches the baby and plans to start a new life with her child. But when the baby won’t eat and she and her boyfriend argue, Evie must decide whether to admit her mistake and turn herself in or to


Evie was pregnant and forced to give up the baby. But she can’t just leave the child with strangers, especially when she thinks the baby is being neglected. Evie snatches the baby and plans to start a new life with her child. But when the baby won’t eat and she and her boyfriend argue, Evie must decide whether to admit her mistake and turn herself in or to keep running.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Laura Woodruff
Fifteen-year-old Evie, forced to give up her baby girl for adoption, kidnaps her and heads for Montreal. When boyfriend Justin, who was duped into driving, calls the police, Evie flees into the night with her sick infant in Saving Grace. The small, large-print paperback books in the Orca Soundings series use simple vocabulary and short sentences combined with lots of authentic dialogue and engrossing subject matter, making them ideal for high-interest, low-reading-level collections. The authors are not afraid of controversial language or material, which is in large part the secret of the series' appeal. Open endings lend to discussion and further exploration. These little novels with their colorful covers are sure to be a hit.
KLIATT - Lisa Carlson
Fifteen-year-old Evie is running away with her baby, Brianna, who was renamed Grace by the family who adopted her. But Evie did not want her baby taken away, and now she has her daughter back and she's running to Montreal where she'll become a fashion designer and raise Brianna. Of course, there are complications along the way, and in the end Evie must decide between her desire to keep her child at all costs, or let her be adopted by a family that can give her a better life. Saving Grace raises many questions about teen parenting and paints an intensely sharp picture of the problems faced by kids who have kids. Two other issues are forced adoptions and parental kidnapping, neither of which is resolved in the novel, but remain open for reader discussion. Ryan crafts her two primary characters, Evie and Justin, Evie's boyfriend, exceptionally well, not only revealing their ignorance of child-rearing but demonstrating that they, too, are still children trying to grow up. No clear-cut answers are provided in this novel; readers are left to consider the situation and come to their own conclusions. Plot, character and themes all interconnect to become a remarkably intense story. Highly recommended for middle and high school readers. Girls will perhaps find the plot more interesting, although boys could benefit from analysis of the characters and further discussion of these themes.
Children's Literature - Norah Piehl
When fifteen-year-old Evie gave birth to her daughter Brianna, her father pressured her into giving the baby up for adoption ("Just because you were stupid enough to get yourself pregnant doesn't mean you're going to ruin the rest of your life."), but Evie has never felt at ease with the decision. Convinced that her daughter's adoptive parents are neglecting her, Evie tricks Justin, the baby's father, into helping her kidnap their daughter. When Justin has second thoughts, Evie is left on her own, on the run, with few resources and an increasingly sick baby on her hands. Taut pacing and tense situations help guide the plot along, and will be certain to draw in reluctant readers, as will the book's small trim size and large print. Short sentences, controversial topics, and realistic (i.e., expletive-laden) dialogue also help make the book feel relevant to its audience. Many ethical questions, some of which are left open-ended, lend the book well to class or small group discussions. Part of the "Orca Soundings" series of books for reluctant teen readers.
Canadian Book Review Annual
"This is a compelling, insightful addition to the Orca Soundings series. Recommended."
NMRLS Youth Services Book Review
"This Orca Soundings title with its fast-pace, high interest content, and low reading level is a perfect choice for a struggling female reader."
Puget Sound Council for the Review of Children's Books
"This high-interest Orca Soundings book will be sure to stimulate good discussions about responsibility, good and harmful decisions and hard consequences."

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Orca Book Publishers
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Orca Soundings Series
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2 MB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Read an Excerpt

Justin looked over at me. Then he looked at the baby. But he turned and started up the old river road. "You said you just wanted to see her," he said.

"So I lied."

"Evie, you can't just take someone else's kid."

"I didn't steal someone else's kid, Justin," I said. "She's mine and I'm keeping her."

Meet the Author

Darlene Ryan has been writing for as long as she can remember, although she pursued post-secondary degrees in biology and education. Despite being endlessly fascinated by theories on the origin of the universe, she decided she wasn't cut out to be a scientist and returned to writing. Darlene was the 2006 poet recipient of the Dr. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell Early Childhood Literacy Award. As Sofie Kelly, she writes the best-selling Magical Cats mysteries. She lives with her family in Fredericton, New Brunswick. More information is available at www.darleneryan.com.

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Heidi_G More than 1 year ago
Part of Orca Publishers' popular Orca Soundings series, De nadie mas is the Spanish translation of Saving Grace. As is typical of the Orca Soundings series, the book is written at a level accessible to most middle school students and is an excellent resource for ELL and struggling readers. Evie is a teen mom who was forced to give up her child for adoption. She kidnaps five-month-old Grace, who she calls Brianna, from her adoptive family and convinces the baby's father to drive them to Montreal. The story is full of poor choices, but they are realistic choices when viewed through a teenager's lens: the action of taking what Evie believes is hers, the thought that reading a parenting book and getting an infant car seat and baby formula means she is prepared to take care of the child, the belief that two teen parents could raise a child on their own in a big city with little skills and little resources. There are a couple words which might cause problems in some schools or communities but in my mind, they are words which most teens probably hear most every day of their lives.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is a really heart warming story she decides to care for her child after forced to give her baby up for adoption although kidnapping her baby wasn't the greatest thing to do but what would you do in that situation? her baby did get sick and she took her baby in knowing she would probably be caught but she cared enough to do so not everyone does something like that being so young its a story that is in real life today