Friday, January 7, 2011

Growing Up Gracie by Maggie Fechner

From the back cover:
As the fifth of six kids, it's sometimes hard for Gracie Fremont to see what makes her special. But with the help of friends, family, and her faith, Gracie discovers that even the most ordinary girl can do extraordinary things. Told with sweetness, humor, and heart, this unique coming-of-age story will resonate with readers of all ages.

Maggie Fechner wrote her first book in First Grade for the Young Author's program. She received a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and has worked as a reporter for several newspapers.

I really enjoyed this book. It was a warm and humorous look at the life of Gracie as she grows from a girl into a young woman. I loved the descriptions and I loved how the relationship built between Gracie and  . . . . well, I don't want to include any spoilers. Suffice it to say that Fechner has created realistic characters and a voice that made me feel like she was sitting next to me sharing this story as her own. I could relate to many of Gracie's experiences in the book and I found her to be a very honest, endearing character.I'd compare this book to comfort food--it makes you feel good and all warm inside.

I recommend it! And, it's been nominate for a Whitney Award.

You can purchase Growing up Gracie at Amazon.

(I did receive this book as a review copy but it did not influence my review. My opinions are my own).


Rachael Anderson said...

Great review, Rebecca! I loved the comfort food metaphor. So fitting! :)

Patty B. said...

I love to keep up with you and your book reviews, AND your upcoming books. It's fun to share your excitement in writing. In fact, it makes me want to write more. If for no other reason than for my grandchildren (and beyond) to know who I am. There's a story about that I should probably share someday.

Anyway, thanks for keeping up with your blog: improvements? I like how it is!