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Finding Grace
By (author): Daphne Greer



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Paperback , Trade


Young adult: Interest age, years 11 - 15
Sep 26, 2018
$14.95 CAD


8in x 5.25 x 0.45 in | 195 gr

Page Count:

160 pages
Nimbus Publishing
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship
Ann Connor Brimer Book Award for Atlantic Canadian Children's Literature 2019, Short-listed Best Books for Kids and Teens, Spring 2019, Winner
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Following the death of her sister, thirteen-year-old Grace is now alone at the Belgian convent where she was abandoned as a baby. When Grace finds a mysterious diary, she begins looking for answers about where she came from and the truth about her family. Finding Grace offers an emotional look into the lives of girls in the strict world of convents, both in the 1940s and the 1970s.

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.

Daphne Greer, author of Finding Grace, 2019 Ann Connor Brimer Finalist, Camped Out, 2019 Hackmatack Winner, Jacob's Landing, 2016 Silver Birch Finalist, Hackmatack finalist, Maxed Out, 2013 nominee for Best Quick Read by the American Library Association. Daphne graduated from Mount St. Vincent University with a Bachelor of Child Study. She lives in Newport Landing, Nova Scotia. Visit her at daphnegreer.com

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"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

"[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)

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

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