Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Just Grace and the Super Sleepover by Charise Mericle Harper

Just Grace and the Super Sleepover is the latest in third grader Grace's adventures.    Things are still going well between Grace and her best friend Mimi.  They're in the same class, walk to and from school together, and are both invited to their first sleepover party.  

While Mimi is extremely excited to spend the night in a tent and stay up much of the night, Grace is apprehensive.  It's hard for Grace to admit her fears and she finds herself hiding more and more things from her friends.   There are quite a few funny passages as Grace debates with herself the extent to which hiding her feelings should be considered lying.  As Grace avoids speaking her mind, she comes up with an unlikely story - which spreads and gets away from her.  

Friendship, quick thinking, and belated honesty help to make everything come right in the end.  Along the way, we learn about the continents, geography, bugs, and about learning to speak up, even if you don't think your friends, teachers and family are going to like what you have to say.    The book is told from Grace's point of view with her characteristic funny, honest, and likable voice.  Highly recommended!

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Series: The Just Grace Series
  • ISBN-10: 054404584X - Hardcover $15.99
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (January 7, 2014), 208 pages.
  • Review copy courtesy of the publisher and the Amazon Vine Reviewers Program.

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.

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