Reviews for Counting on Grace : Library Edition

AudioFile Reviews 2007 August/September
Lili Gamache creates a remarkably resourceful and sympathetic character in Grace Forcier, a 12-year-old girl who leaves school to work at the mill in a Vermont town in 1910. COUNTING ON GRACE is an excellent historical novel inspired by the real-life photograph of a mill child taken by child labor activist Lewis Hines. Grace is a wide-eyed girl who wants so much to help her family earn more money, to learn to read with her teacher on Sundays, and ultimately to become a teacher; and that enthusiasm and frustration are faithfully translated. Another highlight is Gamache's interpretation of Grace's mother as a proud French-Canadian mill worker and a force to be reckoned with. The music seems slightly overused but doesn't mar a stunning production. A.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine

School Library Journal Reviews 2007 September

Gr 5-8-- Elizabeth Winthrop's novel (Wendy Lamb Books, 2006) is set in 1910 Vermont. At first, 12-year-old Grace and her family are thrilled that she's leaving school to work in the mill. The pennies that she earns will help the family get out of debt. Grace works as a doffer at the mill, but she's left-handed and finds the work difficult. When Lewis Hines, photographer-reformer, comes to the mill, the lives of Grace and her friend Arthur change. They work secretly with the child labor commission to expose the conditions at the mill. Frequent background music and Lili Gamache's frantic narration during dramatic plot turns sometimes makes it difficult to follow the story. Bonus features include an interview with the author detailing her research and writing process. An excellent blend of history and fiction.--Karen T. Bilton, Mary Jacobs Memorial Library, Rocky Hill, NJ

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