Finding Grace

Finding Grace


By Becky Citra


My name is Hope. I’m trying to find Grace.

I’ve been writing letters to Grace all my life. My mom doesn’t like it when I write to her, so I try and keep it a secret. My mom is beautiful, but not very happy. Sometimes she won’t get out of bed all day. At least on those days, I have my granny. And Grace. 

The thing is, I never thought that Grace was real. She was my imaginary friend. The person I shared my bad days with, like when the grade five girls got to bring their mothers to school for a strawberry tea, and my granny showed up instead, making all the other girls think my mom was a funny old lady.

But Grace only lived in my mind. Or so I thought. Then one day, I discovered a secret that both my mom and Granny had been keeping from me. That secret changed everything I thought I'd known about myself, and about Grace. 

A Gutsy Girl Book

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About the Author

Becky Citra is a former teacher and the author of twenty books for children. She lives part of the year on Saltspring Island and part of the year on a ranch in Bridge Lake, British Columbia. Becky enjoys hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing and gardening. She brings her knowledge of the outdoors into her books, often writing about ranch life and the wilderness.

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Product Information

  • Release: March 15, 2014

  • $9.95 Paperback

  • 176 Pages

  • 5.25 x 7.5

  • Children's Fiction

  • Ages 9-12 / Grades 4-6

  • Lexile: 630L Guided Reading: U

  • ISBN: 9781927583258


  • Character Education
    > Family and Friendship
    > Strong Female Characters

  • Language Arts
    > Historical Fiction

  • Health & Phys Ed
    > Dealing with Illness

Awards for Finding Grace

  • 2015/16 Red Cedar Award – BC's Young Readers' Choice Award, Fiction - Winner

  • Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Award - 2015 BC Book Prizes - Finalist

  • Shortlisted for the 2015/2016 Chocolate Lily Book Award

  • Shortlisted for the 2016 Rocky Mountain Book Award (Alberta Young Readers Choice Award)

  • Shortlisted for the 2016 Diamond Willow Award (Saskatchewan Young Readers Choice Award)

Praise for Finding Grace

"Finding Grace is an enjoyable and positive read for middle grade girls." - The National Reading Campaign

"Citra successfully tells a very focused, plot-driven story... Middle-grade readers will find Hope's letters and era-appropriate expressions quite endearing." - Quill & Quire

"Becky Citra has written a thoroughly enjoyable first entry to the 'Gutsy Girl' series. Hope is a plucky, clever, protagonist that young girls will find inspiring." - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"Finding Grace is a quick and engaging read that draws the reader in with its authentic voice of a ten-year-old girl.... A great summertime read that deals with serious life issues in a refreshing manner." - Resource Links

"I can't wait to read what Becky Citra has next up her sleeve." - Library Matters blog