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Saving Grace

by (author) Darlene Ryan

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Sep 2006
Pregnancy, Law & Crime, Runaways
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2006
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  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2006
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Sep 2006
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  • Downloadable audio file

    Publish Date
    May 2012
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
  • Reading age: 12 to 18


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. With her boyfriend waiting in the truck, Evie snatches the baby and convinces him to drive her to Montreal where she plans to start a new life with her child. But when the baby won't eat and she and Justin argue, she ends up alone in a small town. As the baby becomes sicker, Evie must decide whether to admit her mistake and turn herself in, or to keep running.

Also available in Spanish.

About 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

Darlene Ryan's profile page


  • Commended, Tayshas List
  • Commended, CCBC Our Choice
  • Long-listed, YALSA Quick Picks
  • Short-listed, Ann Connor Brimer Award nominee

Excerpt: Saving Grace (by (author) Darlene Ryan)

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."

Editorial Reviews

"The novel's fast pace will keep reluctant readers turning the pages to the end."

School Library Journal

"This high-interest Orca Soundings book will be sure to stimulate good discussions about responsibility, good and harmful decisions and hard consequences."

Puget Sound Council for the Review of Children's Books

"Lots of authentic dialogue and engrossing subject matter."


"This Orca Soundings title with its fast-pace, high interest content, and low reading level is a perfect choice for a struggling female reader."

NMRLS Youth Services Book Review

"This is a compelling, insightful addition to the Orca Soundings series. Recommended."

Canadian Book Review Annual

Librarian Reviews

Saving Grace (Orca Soundings)

When a teenage girl gives her baby up for adoption, she regrets her decision immediately. Now Evie wants to care for her baby – even if it means kidnapping her.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Canadian Children’s Book News. 2007.

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