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Finding Grace

by Daphne Greer

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published: Sep 2018
ISBN:9781771086912
publisher: Nimbus Publishing
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Abandoned on the steps of a Belgian convent as a baby, thirteen-year-old Grace has grown up among the nuns. But her days as a caretaker and companion for her older sister, Dotty, have come to a sad end with Dotty's death, and now Grace is living among the girls who attend the convent's boarding school—the very same girls who taunted and bullied her sister for having Down syndrome.

Grace desperately wants to know who left her at the convent; she wants a family and to not feel alone in the world. When Grace finds a three-decades-old diary from the 1940s in the convent library, her interest in the history of the convent is also piqued. Terrible things happened in the little village of Tildonk, Belgium, when the Nazis arrived, and terrible things happened to the mysterious girl who wrote the diary. Unravelling the mystery of the diary ultimately means unravelling the secrets of Grace's life, which are more complicated than she ever imagined.

Based on the author's own experiences at this very convent school, Finding Grace is an emotional look into the lives of girls in the strict world of convents, both in the 1940s and the 1970s, from the author of Silver Birch-shortlisted Jacob's Landing.

About the Author
Daphne Greer is the author of Maxed Out, a 2013 YALSA Quick Picks nominee, and Jacob's Landing, which was a 2016 Hackmatack and 2016 Silver Birch finalist and was on the Best Books for Kids & Teens list from the Canadian Children's Book Centre. Daphne lives in Newport, Nova Scotia. For more information, visit www.daphnegreer.com.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
11 to 15
Grade:
6 to 10
Awards
  • Short-listed, Ann Connor Brimer Book Award for Atlantic Canadian Children's Literature
Editorial Reviews

"Daphne Greer has written a beautiful story of love, courage, discovery, and knowing whom you are." —Resource Links (Pouch Cove, NF)


"[Greer] masterfully explores the relationship between Grace and Dotty, which is both heart wrenching and beautiful. This books reminds us about the resilience of the human spirit and that good can come from tragedy. You?ll find yourself thinking about Grace and her story long after you finish." —Canadian Children's Book News (Toronto, ON)


"Through the diary entries that Grace reads, the author is able to give readers a glimpse of what life was like in Belgium during the dark days of Nazi occupation. The multi-layered plot is intricately woven and well paced. The resolution is emotionally satisfying, making this a story that will appeal to a wide range of readers." —Lisa Doucet, Co-Manager of Woozles Children's Bookstore in Halifax

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