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Saving Grace
By author: Darlene Ryan
Selling Points: Teen pregnancy, accountability
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Sep/01/2006
Lexile Level: HL610L
Fry Reading Level: 2.4
Pages: 112
Fiction Ages 12+
Price:  $9.95
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Justin looked over at me. Then he looked at the baby. But he turned and started up the old river road. "You said you just wanted to see her," he said.
"So I lied."
"Evie, you can't just take someone else's kid."
"I didn't steal someone else's kid, Justin," I said. "She's mine and I'm keeping her."

Evie was pregnant and forced to give up the baby. But she can't just leave the child with strangers, especially when she thinks the baby is being neglected. With her boyfriend waiting in the truck, Evie snatches the baby and convinces him to drive her to Montreal where she plans to start a new life with her child. But when the baby won't eat and she and Justin argue, she ends up alone in a small town. As the baby becomes sicker, Evie must decide whether to admit her mistake and turn herself in, or to keep running.
Puget Sound Council for the Review of Children's Books - November 1, 2008
"This high-interest Orca Soundings book will be sure to stimulate good discussions about responsibility, good and harmful decisions and hard consequences."
Canadian Book Review Annual - June 1, 2008
"This is a compelling, insightful addition to the Orca Soundings series. Recommended."
NMRLS Youth Services Book Review - November 18, 2007
"This Orca Soundings title with its fast-pace, high interest content, and low reading level is a perfect choice for a struggling female reader."
School Library Journal - March 1, 2007
"The novel's fast pace will keep reluctant readers turning the pages to the end."
VOYA - February 1, 2007
"Lots of authentic dialogue and engrossing subject matter."


Tayshas List, commended  US  2008
Ann Connor Brimer Award nominee, short-listed  CA  2007
YALSA Quick Picks, long-listed  US  2007
CCBC Our Choice, commended  CA  2007


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Teen fiction for
reluctant readers

Key Features:
Short, high-interest novels
Contemporary stories
Compelling characters
Linear plots
Ideal for Lit Circles
Ideal for Independent Reading

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