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Counting on Grace

  Winthrop, Elizabeth


Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Number of Pages: 232
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Genres:

Historical fiction
Realistic fiction

Material Type/Location:

Youth Fiction

Reading Level:

4-5
6-8

Awards:

ALA Notable Books
Voice of Youth Award Nominee

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Why I liked this title:

Grace is only 12 years old when she is taken out of school to work in a Vermont cotton mill. This story takes place in the early 1900's. Grace and her family are recent immigrants to the U.S. from Canada, and they have to work very hard for little pay. Then a photographer appears one day to take photographs of the children as they work in the mill. The author was inspired to write this story from photographs that Lewis Hine took of child workers. This gives Grace hope that someone will come to her aid and allow her to go back to school, where she would much rather be than in this old and dangerous mill every day! You won't forget Grace after reading this. You can even read "the story behind the photograph" on the cover, about the real girl that the author created Grace from, Addie. She worked 72 hours a week and was paid only 25 cents for the week!

Reviewed by: Jan Watkins on 2/20/2007

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