Counting on Grace

Counting on Grace

by Elizabeth Winthrop

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Counting on Grace by Elizabeth Winthrop

1910. Pownal, Vermont. At 12, Grace and her best friend Arthur must leave school and go to work as a “doffers” on their mothers’ looms in the mill. Grace’s mother is the best worker, fast and powerful, and Grace desperately wants to help her. But she’s left handed and doffing is a right-handed job. Grace’s every mistake costs her mother, and the family. She only feels capable on Sundays, when she and Arthur receive special lessons from their teacher. Together they write a secret letter to the Child Labor Board about underage children working in Pownal. A few weeks later a man with a camera shows up. It is the famous reformer Lewis Hine, undercover, collecting evidence for the Child Labor Board. Grace’s brief acquaintance with Hine and the photos he takes of her are a gift that changes her sense of herself, her future, and her family’s future.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307518224
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 12/18/2008
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,141,338
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Elizabeth Winthrop is the highly acclaimed author of more than sixty books for children of all ages. She is the daughter of famed journalist and political analyst Stewart Alsop, and the great-grandniece of Theodore Roosevelt. Her works include Counting on Grace, The Castle in the Attic, and The Battle for the Castle. 

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Counting on Grace 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever. I started reading this book in my reading group. We would have to take notes and we would talk about it with a teacher. Like I had said it was very,very good. And i cant believe it was true!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
i read counting on grace as a discussion for my social studies class. I loved the book and it really shows how awful child labor is. Good book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a sweet/sad story of a girk who loves to read and write but is forced to leave school so she can work in a factory to pay for her family's well being. She is left handed and finds it hard to do the work. The only thing she loves is the sundays spent with her bet friend Arthur and her teacher, who hates what the factory is doing to her favorite students. Grace thinks there is no hope...until a man comes to the factory, undercover, and determined to stop these kids from working(its against the law). This story is a wonderful book and an eyeopener to the hardship of child labor. 10 STARS!!!!!!!!!
lynnski0723 More than 1 year ago
I read this piece of historical fiction for my daughter’s book club and thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s sad to think that families had to take young children out of school so that they could work to help keep a roof over their head and food on the table. Although not touched on in the book, the truth of the matter is that it still happens today in some areas of the country.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Grace is a ten year old girl that was taken away from school to help pay the bills for her family. Her teacher, Ms.Lesley tried to help Grace and her friend, Arthur get out of the mill. Grace gets a photographer, Mr.Hine to get pictures to sendti the goverment. When Mr.Hine leaves all Graces friends are kicked out of the mills property. Then Grace takes Ms.Lesley's place as teacher until the mill owner gets a real teacher.
ArdenC More than 1 year ago
Wonderful way to get the history of the child labor law. I am giving it to my teenage grandson for Christmas. Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very heart-touching book!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was great!!!!!!