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The year is 1932, and the McFarland family has been hit hard by the Great Depression. When they lose their home just before Christmas, Grace, eleven, and her two younger brothers are sent temporarily to a children's home. Grace tries to understand: Mama's new baby is due any day, and Grace's beloved older brother, Pete, is terribly sick. Her stay at the mission is cut short when she is invited to spend the holidays with the Hammonds, where they treat her like a daughter. What will happen when it's time for Grace ...

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The year is 1932, and the McFarland family has been hit hard by the Great Depression. When they lose their home just before Christmas, Grace, eleven, and her two younger brothers are sent temporarily to a children's home. Grace tries to understand: Mama's new baby is due any day, and Grace's beloved older brother, Pete, is terribly sick. Her stay at the mission is cut short when she is invited to spend the holidays with the Hammonds, where they treat her like a daughter. What will happen when it's time for Grace to go home? Are family bonds more important than the security the Hammonds offer her? Inspired by a true story, Saving Grace is a testament to how love and loyalty triumphed during one of the bleakest periods in American history.

When Grace's family is evicted from their Washington, D.C., apartment just before Christmas 1932, and she and her younger brothers are sent to the Mission, Grace wonders what will become of her sick older brother, her pregnant mother, and her out-of-work father.

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In 1932, Grace McFarland is eleven years old, and her family is struggling to survive the Great Depression. Money is so tight that sometimes Grace and her older brother, Pete, forego eating their part of the day's meal so there will be enough food for the younger children. Evicted from their tiny apartment, Grace and her two younger brothers are sent to live at a local mission outside of Washington, D.C. Pete, whose chronic cough has worsened, is sent to a hospital for tuberculosis patients. Grace is unhappy that her family has been separated and wonders when they will be together again, but she is grateful to be eating regular meals and sleeping in a bed with warm blankets. At Christmas, Grace is invited to spend the holidays with the Hammonds, a family who runs a boardinghouse. The Hammonds become very fond of Grace and the holiday visit is extended to allow Grace to live with them and even attend school again. Eventually the Hammonds offer to adopt Grace, and even Grace's mother agrees that the Hammonds can give Grace more than her own family can. Grace must make her choice by the summer. Will she stay with the Hammonds or return to her own family? Saving Grace is a touching story, exploring some difficult decisions that families made in order to survive the years of economic depression that engulfed the United States. 2003, Dutton Children's Books,
— Linda Ruble
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Grace McFarland is eleven when the great depression strikes her Washington, D.C., home. Her beloved older brother is sent to the hospital with tuberculosis, and her family is evicted because they cannot pay the rent. Grace and her younger siblings are sent to a children's mission home. As was common at the time, a more financially stable family takes Grace into their home for the Christmas holidays. While receiving letters from her desperately poor parents, Grace is given new clothes, toys, and more food than she has ever had and comes to love the gentle Hammonds. They agree to send her to school, and under their love and affection, Grace helps Miss Louise grieve the loss of her baby and becomes close to their deaf daughter, Joanna, who dreams of going to school. Grace also sees that the family's wealth comes from working hard, sticking together, and always having hope. Grace's family finally gives up on the city and retreats to a family farm in Ohio. As her mother writes about Grace's new baby sister, their lambs, and the joys of working toward a hopeful future, Miss Louise asks Grace if she would like to be adopted by the Hammonds. Although tempted, Grace chooses to return to her family, but continues to correspond with her foster family, as both have high hopes for the future. This lovely historical novel for girls offers plenty of period detail and a thoughtful heroine who makes realistic choices. The poverty of the depression is not sugar coated, and the death of Grace's older brother makes it clear that children suffered as greatly as anyone during this time in American history. VOYA Codes: 4Q 4P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal;Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2003, Dutton, 192p,
— Hilary Theyer
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Gr 4-7-It's the Depression, and Grace and her family find themselves on the curb of their already inadequate tenement with all their possessions scattered around them. It's obvious that they will have to split up. Father goes to a homeless shelter for men, while pregnant Mother returns to her kin, and Grace is sent to an orphanage with her two younger brothers. Older brother, Pete, lies in the hospital in grave condition. Grace is invited to spend the Christmas holidays with the Hammonds, a family in relatively luxurious circumstances, and the petty thievery she once rationalized in order to survive now threatens her situation. She comes to love this family and her life with them, and when they want to adopt her, she must make a difficult decision. In the end, she knows that her own family is dear to her and that she belongs with them. Her benefactors are gradually revealed as complex characters in their own right. Particularly appealing is a subplot about Joanna Hammond, a deaf girl who longs to be freed to join the world rather than be hidden away. Cummings does an excellent job of showing how easy it is to do wrong when the normal world operates so inequitably. The choices Grace must make are not clear-cut. The hard-edged reality depicted here is similar to George Ella Lyon's Borrowed Children (Univ. Pr. of Kentucky, 1999) in its complexity and emotional honesty.-Carol A. Edwards, Sonoma County Library, Santa Rosa, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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The Great Depression destroys Grace McFarland's family. Papa's unemployed, Mama's pregnant, big brother Pete is sick, and soon the family is on the street. Pete goes to a tuberculosis hospital; Grace and her two younger brothers to a children's home. Grace prays Mama will return for them, but instead rescue comes from two ladies who invite her to spend Christmas at the boarding house they run. Grace's deprivations dissolve in a surfeit of food, dresses, and attention. She makes friends and begins to feel comfortable. After Mama has the baby, reclaims the younger boys, and moves to her father's farm in Ohio, Miss Louise offers to adopt Grace. Grace's choice feels less than compelling, because she doesn't seem attached to the Hammonds. Her desire for material things sometimes seems selfish. But Pete's death strikes a true chord. The vivid rendition of the Depression era makes this a valuable addition to the genre. (Historical fiction. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525471233
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/23/2003
  • Pages: 256
  • Age range: 10 years
  • Lexile: 710L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Priscilla Cummings lives in Annapolis, Maryland.

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Table of Contents

A Knock at the Door 3
Survival 14
Pete's Mission 24
Down in the Dumps 34
Evicted 43
A Temporary Measure 49
Children Like Us 59
Seconds on Soup 69
Do for Themselves 79
Guardian Angels 86
The Hammonds' House 93
Slipping Away 104
The Smell of Cinnamon 114
Measuring Magic 121
Secrets 132
Christmas 143
No Windows 150
The Sign for Friend 160
Confessions 172
A Desperate Attempt 182
"Every Purpose Under the Heaven" 190
Hope and Heartache 200
Spring 214
"A Time to Gather Stones Together" 223
A Ticket, a Trunk, a Train 229
Author's Note 239
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  • Posted January 17, 2012

    Awesome

    I first read this in fourth grade, I loved it then and I love it now. It is a great story and example of The Great Depression for younger children.

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