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"Peppered with Grace's comics, this charmingly depicts school and family strife with the beloved third grader's witty flair."
" School Library Journal
""The beleivable first-person narration, large type, and childlike line drawings make this and other volumes in the Just Grace series appealing, accessible choices for young readers."
" Booklist""

About the Author

Charise Mericle Harper is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including the Just Grace series. In a starred review, Booklist called Just Grace "Hilarious," and said, "The kids come alive in the story, and Harper enhances the comical goings-on with sparkling cartoon sketches. Give this to . . . anyone looking for a funny book." Charise lives in Westchester County, New York. Visit her website at www.chariseharper.com and visit Just Grace's website at www.justgracebooks.com, where you'll find all sorts of fun things, including videos, quizzes, and information about all the Just Grace books.

Charise Mericle Harper is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including the Just Grace series. In a starred review, Booklist called Just Grace "Hilarious," and said, "The kids come alive in the story, and Harper enhances the comical goings-on with sparkling cartoon sketches. Give this to . . . anyone looking for a funny book." Charise lives in Westchester County, New York. Visit her website at www.chariseharper.com and visit Just Grace's website at www.justgracebooks.com, where you'll find all sorts of fun things, including videos, quizzes, and information about all the Just Grace books.

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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars 29 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Win For The Just Grace Series 10 Jun. 2014
By Karen Joan - Published on Amazon.com
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My daughter started reading the JUST GRACE series of books during the summer between Kindergarten and 1st grade. I loved these books then, because they challenged my precocious, young reader AND had appropriate content for someone of her age.Three years later (my little one is about to go into 4th grade!!!!) and many JUST GRACE books later, and the two of us still greatly enjoy this series.

I asked my newly minted 4th grader to tell me what she still liked about the series and what she liked about this book JUST GRACE GETS CRAFTY. Her comments follow:

"I like JUST GRACE because she feels like a real girl. She is in 3rd grade just like me. In all of the books, she is always herself, someone who could be my friend. She always has a new problem to solve, too, just like real life. In this book, she thought she was terrible at crafting, but then learned she wasn't. Sometime I am afraid to do something new, too. But I usually end up being pretty good. JUST GRACE GETS CRAFT was fast and easy to read. I finished it in two days because I love these books so much."

So there you have it. I can guarantee you that this family will be buying JUST GRACE books for several more years.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Character Building Stories For Wide Age Range 26 Aug. 2014
By Colorgirl - Published on Amazon.com
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My daughter is 15 and loves these books. She has read all of the others, and said that this book is just as good as the previous ones. She said that she loves that this book is thicker (they have been getting thicker). It is a fast read for her, but she still loves the story line.

Grace gets a new route to school and substitute teacher for a week. The new crossing guard is lonely and Grace wants to help her find friends. The new substitute teacher is nicer than the previous teacher. They are learning to make new crafty things and she learns that kids that are the class creeps or clowns are maybe not too bad. They get to do the craft fair and Grace and her friend make stuff together and the use this opportunity to help their new friend the crossing guard.

This book is great for girls of the age 7 to 12 or 13, although my daughter loves these books so it is not limited to that age range. This book teaches good quality of character such as helping others, reconsidering people you are not particularly fond of, and exploring new areas that you might not normally be willing to explore.

The illustrations are fun and really add to the story. This book is easy to read, keeps attention of even a young reader, even if a person is reading it to them, due to the pictures.

I can say this, my daughter is already looking forward to reading the next one that comes out!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another winning installment in a great series. 25 Aug. 2014
By J.Prather - Published on Amazon.com
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I hadn't checked in with Grace since the first book in this series was released and we met the girl who had the misfortune to be in a class with three other girls named Grace. I remember feeling so bad for her because she was stuck being "Just Grace" while also admiring her wit and charm. In this twelfth installment of the series, Grace is as charming as ever and she delivers more than a few laugh out loud lines that serve to add spice to what is a simple, sweet story of school days, friendship and family.

It's easy to love Grace, with her super hero power of empathy, her huge heart, and her winning sense of humor. The author has really captured an authentic voice that readers will easily relate to, whether she is getting in trouble for talking, experiencing friend "over load", or feeling that special kind of excitement that comes from looking forward to a day filled with something different.

Just Grace is a wonderful series that's perfect for young readers ready to move away from Junie B. Jones, but still looking for great school adventures. Solid writing, endearing cartoon doodles, and a heart felt message makes this Just Grace a winning installment in an always excellent series.
4.0 out of 5 stars Grace just gets better and better 29 Jun. 2014
By Bookphile - Published on Amazon.com
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I've read and enjoyed every single one of the Just Grace books. You'd think the concept would get stale after a while, but this one doesn't. Harper does an excellent job of finding new, authentic areas of the psyche of a nine-year-old third grader. My daughter has grown up with these books too, and although she's now older than Grace, she still enjoys them immensely was well. I've found middle grade fiction to be a surprisingly rich genre, but Harper seems especially in tune with the way a child's mind works at this age, and Grace resonates as a very real, flawed, but lovable character. Some spoilers to follow.

This time around, Grace's friend Mimi persuades her to band together and make things for a table at the craft fair. Lured by the promise of money to be made, Grace agrees, but finds out she's in for a bigger job than she'd anticipated. Meanwhile, a new crossing guard has moved to town, and she seems lonely, so Grace's empathy power leads her to try to contrive ways to find friends for her.

One of the things that's consistently great about this series is the way the author portrays the trials and tribulations of elementary school without belitting them. I smile knowingly while reading about them, but all the while I know how monumental they are to Grace and how seriously she takes them, and the books take them very seriously as well. In this case, Grace's class gets a very fun substitute teacher while their regular teacher is away on a conference, and Grace is faced with a project that proves a creative challenge to her. I love how the book deals with Grace's feelings of envy about another student's talent, and how Grace has to challenge herself to come up with an interesting idea for her pocket pal. The book is a nice meditation on the challenges of thinking creatively.

Grace's empathy power is another aspect of the series that I love. It's an excellent message for children without coming across as preachy. Finding friends for her new crossing guard isn't as easy as Grace imagines, and she finds herself becoming frustrated with the challenge, but then she arrives at an innovative, excellent solution. I loved the way Grace thought outside of the box and went out of her way to try to do something nice for another person. Even though the outcome isn't quite what Grace expected, she's able to see that things worked out well in the end, and that she did something that touched another person without that person even being aware of it. This book has such a nice message about the intrinsic rewards of generosity.

There's also a great underlying theme about taking responsibility. Grace initially thinks making things for the craft fair will be all kinds of fun, but then she realizes how hard the work is, and how time-consuming. Still, she doesn't cut corners and does her best to use her talents to make nice things people will want to buy, and she ties this in with her larger plans for finding friends for her new crossing guard. I loved the description of her creativity and her hard work, and it was satisfying to see it pay off for her in the end.

I'm hoping for and looking forward to the next installment of the series. These books are so funny and touching, and Harper has such a fantastic way of exploring how Grace navigates her world, learning in the process. This is, hands down, one of my favorite middle grade series and has been for a long time.
4.0 out of 5 stars Book 12 in the series is good, but not as good as the previous books 29 Jun. 2014
By J. Weaver - Published on Amazon.com
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In this 12th installment of the Just Grace series, Grace and Mimi have three things to work through--a craft fair, a substitute teacher, and a new school crossing guard.

First, Mimi's mom has arranged for the girls to have a table at a craft fair, and they need to make crafts to sell. The girls' behavior is eminently relatable. They love making the first item, but as they have to mass produce, they find the work tedious and boring. But they make do and have fun anyway.

Second, their regular teacher, Ms. Lois is at a teacher conference for a week, and their substitute teacher has given them a project to make "pocket pals" and write stories about them. Their ideas for the characters are typical Grace and Mimi--cute and just a little bit mischievous.

Third, they are worried that the new crossing guard is lonely, so they set about trying to help her make new friends.

Whether your kids have read the other books in the series or not, they will easily be able to join in on Grace and Mimi's adventures. As with the other books in the series, this one stands alone and my 7-ear-old found the writing and the illustrations to be entertaining and funny. I didn't think the story held up quite as well as some of the previous books in the series, and i was a bit bothered that Grace was pointing out the negative characteristics of some of her classmates. The things she said about Owen 1, especially, tended toward judgmental. While nothing she said was directly to him, and I'm sure that her words and thoughts were reflective of what kids might really think of their "bad" classmates, I just don't think some of her observations added much to the story. Still, it wasn't enough to make me stop by daughter from reading them, just something that parents might want to discuss with their young readers. I'd still continue to recommend the books in this series.
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