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Just Grace and the Double Surprise by Charise Mericle Harper

Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Pages: 176

Ages: Middle Grade

Publishers Summary:

In this seventh installment in the Just Grace series, any day now Grace’s best friend in the whole world, Mimi, is going to be getting a brand-new sister. Grace is really excited, plus nervous, plus worried, plus happy all mixed together. But both Grace and Mimi are in for a surprise when they find out that Mimi’s family is not adopting a brand-new sister—and instead she is getting a brand-new brother. (Oh, brother!) And to heighten the excitement even further, Grace is in for another big surprise!

Grace and her best friend Mimi are back at it again in this seventh book in the Just Grace series. Secret signals at night and plans for a perfectly pink playroom for Mimi’s new sister go terribly wrong when her new sister turns out to be a new brother. Grace uses all of her empathy powers to help Mimi adjust to life as a big sister to a brother and in the end they find out just how happy they are with their own surprises.

Another delightful addition to the Just Grace series! One of the things I truly love about this series now that my kiddos are getting older is that they’re written and illustrated so well that I can read a chapter at a time to the Turkeybird without any boredom creeping in at all. I’ve always been a huge fan of reading outloud to my kiddos, but this addition of chapter books with illustrations was one I wasn’t expecting. The Turkeybird thoroughly loved reading about Grace, her friends and especially her puppy (which he’s now begging for). Without question this is a series for early readers (and listeners) that will be enjoyed by everyone involved!

One of the other aspects I enjoyed about this book in the series specifically was how it handled the issue of adoption with older kids. This is actually something our family is considering in a few years and I’ve always wondered how I’d broach the subject with our kiddos once they’re old enough to understand. Mimi’s experience was exactly what I’d expect it to be; she truly thought it was a “baby in a box” situation and that she’d get whatever her parents “ordered”, because that’s just how kid’s brains work. When Mimi discovers things turn out slightly different than planned with a brother instead of a sister, it’s fantastic to see how not only she handles it but Grace as well by supporting her. This is absolutely a lesson to be learned by all and especially good for little ones going through similar experiences either directly or as supporters of friends.

Just Grace and the Double Surprise is a delightful read that not only independent readers will enjoy, but listening ears will as well. Follow along Grace’s crazy train of thought as she uses her “empathy powers” to help her best friend Mimi through a fairly major disappointment. This is a perfect book for helping kiddos to understand the value of supporting their friends & family as well as coping with disappointment. The Just Grace series never fails to entertain and this addition is another wonderful book to add to the collection!

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 8 to 13. A delightful read for independent readers as well as listeners. Help teach kiddos about adoption, supporting friends and coping with disappointment in a fun and enjoyable read.

Visit the Just Grace Books site to find great activities and more about the books!

Find Just Grace and the Double Surprise in the following spots:
Powell’s Books
Barnes & Noble

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3 Responses to Book Review: Just Grace and the Double Surprise by Charise Mericle Harper

  1. Gina says:

    Aww..this sounds like an adorable series and one that kids can take a lesson from to without even knowing it. Great find Danielle…Ans great review!

  2. PragmaticMom says:

    Both of my girls have enjoyed the Just Grace series. Thanks for the post on the latest book. Sadly, they seemed to have outgrown this series and my youngest is a boy so I think I am done with it as a mom overseeing her kids’ reading. Now, I just have to read it for myself!

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