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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 176
Themes: identity, twin sisters, family secrets
Publisher: Second Story Press
Pub Date: 01/Mar/2014
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March 2014, Toronto - Growing up in the 1950s with a single mother and a mysteriously absent father, Hope is a loner with a wonderful imagination. The letters she writes to her imaginary friend, Grace, help her cope with the difficult times in her life - like her mother's depression, their money worries, struggles to make friends at school, and her grandmother's death.
On her eleventh birthday, Hope is shocked to learn that not only is Grace a real person, she’s also her fraternal twin sister. Grace contracted polio when the girls were toddlers and their mother believed she’d have a better life with another family. Hope decides that by finding Grace, their family will be healed and her mother’s lingering guilt will be assuaged.
Hope's hunt for her sister takes her and her mother to the tiny community of Harrison Hot Springs. There she finally meets Grace, who is all the things that Hope wishes she herself could be. They become friends, but Hope doesn’t know how to tell Grace the truth. How can she have a relationship with her sister based on lies and secrets?
Accomplished children's author Becky Citra makes Hope to be a plucky hero full of cheeky determination who readers will root for from the first page, where we read her first letter to her "imaginary" friend Grace. 

Melanie J. Fishbane, Quill & Quire
Citra successfully tells a very focused, plot-driven story... Middle-grade readers will find Hope's letters and era-appropriate expressions quite endearing.
Chris Laurie, CM Magazine
Becky Citra has written a thoroughly enjoyable first entry to the “Gutsy Girl” series. Hope is a plucky, clever, protagonist that young girls will find inspiring.
Penny Draper, National Reading Campaign, Readerly
Finding Grace is an enjoyable and positive read for middle grade girls.
Stephanie Johnson, Resource Links
Finding Grace is a quick and engaging read that draws the reader in with its authentic voice of a ten-year-old girl.... A great summertime read that deals with serious life issues in a refreshing manner.

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Shiela A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize BC Book Prizes | 2015 | Short-listed
Red Cedar Book Award B.C. Young Readers' Choice Award | 2016 | Winner
Chocolate Lily Book Award  | 2016 | Short-listed
Diamond Willow Award Saskatchewan Young Readers Choice Award | 2016 | Short-listed
Rocky Mountain Book Award Alberta's Young Readers Choice Award | 2016 | Short-listed

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