Sunday, July 24, 2011

Just Grace and the Double Surprise by Cherise Mericle Harper

Just Grace and the Double Surprise (The Just Grace Series)
     In this seventh installment of the Just Grace series, Grace's best friend Mimi is anxiously awaiting the adoption of a new baby sister.  In the first surprise Mimi's parents bring home Robert, a 3 year-old-brother instead.  Mimi is not happy about this and Grace tries really hard to help prove brothers can be just as much fun as sisters.  The second surprise is that Grace gets something she has always wanted but I don't want to spoil that surprise for readers!
      Harper's illustrations work beautifully with the story.  Grace and Mimi are best friends and it's wonderful to see how they care for and watch out for each other.  Their parents are depicted as caring but not overbearing involved parents.  This series is spot on for young girls especially those ready to move on from Junie B. or Judy Moody.  Just Grace and the Double Surprise is a stand alone but readers will fall in love with Grace as I did and will want to read them all.  (Be sure to introduce fans to Harper's Fashion Kitty too!)  Recommended for girls in grades 1 (strong readers) through 6th grade (reluctant readers) and everyone in between.
     Read as an ebook arc courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt via Negalley.  Just Grace and the Double Surprise will be published August, 2011.

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