Reviews for Counting on Grace


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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