Saving Grace

  • Pages:112
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Series: Orca Soundings
  • Themes:Accountability, Adoption, Baby, Consequences, Fugitive
  • Available:09/01/2006
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 12+
  • Reading Level:2.4
  • Lexile:HL610L
  • ATOS:3.7
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:Z+
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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.

Also available in Spanish.
"The novel's fast pace will keep reluctant readers turning the pages to the end."
– School Library Journal
"Lots of authentic dialogue and engrossing subject matter."
"This is a compelling, insightful addition to the Orca Soundings series. Recommended."
– Canadian Book Review Annual
"This Orca Soundings title with its fast-pace, high interest content, and low reading level is a perfect choice for a struggling female reader."
– NMRLS Youth Services Book Review
"This high-interest Orca Soundings book will be sure to stimulate good discussions about responsibility, good and harmful decisions and hard consequences."
– Puget Sound Council for the Review of Children's Books
Texas Library Association (TLA) TAYSHAS List   | 2008  |  Commended
Ann Connor Brimer Award for Atlantic Canadian Children's Literature   | 2007  |  Short-listed
Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Quick Picks   | 2007  |  Commended
Canadian Children's Book Centre (CCBC) Our Choice   | 2007  |  Commended

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