Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Grace by Morris Gleitzman

"Eleven-year-old Grace Hillgrove knows only one world - the world of her family, and the strict religious community they belong to. But when her father is thrown out of the church for asking questions, Grace is torn. How can she stay in the church and keep her family together ?"
Morris Gleitzman is well-known for his hilarious books for young readers - but it's his intelligent, thoughtful and thought-provoking novels for teenagers that really hit the spot with me.
Having ripped through two of his latest - Once and Then, set in wartime Europe and totally gripping and heart wrenching - I was keen to tackle their successor, Grace. It didn't take long, because I couldn't put it down. The blurb above gives the gist of the story , which is told by Grace, whose religious faith does not alter, but who, like her father, questions its rules.
Gleitzman has written about a complex situation thoughtfully and respectfully - and with plenty of humour.
Rating - I give this 4/5
Get this from the library
Reviewed by Jan @ Ballarat branch.

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