Monday, June 13, 2011

Grace by Morris Gleitzman

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. 
                                                   Rating: 5/5

Age Group: 9+
Official Publication Date 3rd February 2011
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  1. No your plot synopsis was great!!
    Sounds like an interesting book!! I've never heard of books about religion aimed at 9 to 11 year olds!!
    Oh and you asked, Phil is one of my good friends!!

  2. Looks good! Are you Irish? I am :) please check out my blog :) :) (It's called I like Smiley Faces and Books) :)

  3. This book has been turning up at a few blogs I've been reading. Which one is your synopsis, the italic paragraph at the top or the one under it? Either way, they're both great!
    I just posted up an interview with CC on my blog! :D

  4. I've read Once, Then and Now by Morris Gleitzman but I haven't tried this one. I really like his other books so I think I'll like this :)

  5. This book looks really interesting. Your synopsis is great! Thanks for the review.

  6. This looks good! I'll add it to my 'wanted' list. :) Great review (and I thought your synopsis was brilliant!).

    I'm sorry I haven't replied to your comments for soo long, but my account was playing up.
    You should really read City of Bones: I really recommend it! And thanks for following my Fortnight of Guests so closely! I'm planning to hold one next year as well, so if you'd like, maybe you can take part next time! :)
    Thanks for all the comments, Cliona! I have read them all, just couldn't reply. It was so annoying. :(


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