In the beginning there was me and Mum and Dad and the twins. And talk about happy families, we were bountiful.
But it came to pass that I started doing sins.
And lo, that's when all our problems began...
Grace is a story about a young girl, around ten or eleven, who is part of a 'special' Christian church. The church Elders, who are the bosses of the church, are very controlling and try and make everyone obey their strict rules and regulations. Talking to 'outsiders' is not allowed. But Grace's dad doesn't agree with a lot of these rules. And for this, he gets in trouble.
OK, I am SO SO SO sorry that you had to put yourself through the torture of reading my TERRIBLE synopsis. I just am awful at writing my own sypnopsis'. But I couldn't find a decent one anywhere so I had to do my own. I'd say you've got the gist of what it's about, though.
Gleitzman's writing style is quite...distinctive. But then I suppose he was writing in the vantage point of a young girl, so it would have been a little different. I don't know if it's a good different, or a bad different though. Sometimes it was a bit hard to understand, but most of the it was fine.
Grace was a likeable character. She was very naive, and I liked that. I was glad she didn't let the Elders fully control her. Her Dad was probably my favourite character, He was so kind and I liked how he did believe in God, but in a nice, loving way. Not in a horrible, Elder-like way. The Elders were big meanies, I thought. OK, I know that is the most childish phrase ever, but it's true!
Grace's grandfather was really a horrible person. He was so mean and controlling, as were the other Elders. I liked it when people stood up to the Elders, it annoyed them so much!
This book was quite short and it didn't take me long to read it, but it was really enjoyable. Even though it it aimed at 9-11 year olds, I would definitely recommend it to young and old readers alike.. Even if you're not overly religious, it's still a brilliant read. So if you get the chance to read Grace, you should.
Age Group: 9+
Official Publication Date 3rd February 2011
Author Website: www.morrisgleitzman.com