Counting on Grace by Elizabeth Winthrop

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1910. Pownal, Vermont. At 12, Grace and her best friend Arthur must leave school and go to work as a “doffers” on their mothers’ looms in the mill. Grace’s mother is the best worker, fast and powerful, and Grace desperately wants to help her. But she’s left handed and doffing is a right-handed job. Grace’s every mistake costs her mother, and the family. She only feels capable on Sundays, when she and Arthur receive special lessons from their teacher. Together they write a secret letter to the Child Labor Board about underage children working in Pownal. A few weeks later a man with a camera shows up. It is the famous reformer Lewis Hine, undercover, collecting evidence for the Child Labor Board. Grace’s brief acquaintance with Hine and the photos he takes of her are a gift that changes her sense of herself, her future, and her family’s future.

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About Elizabeth Winthrop

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Elizabeth Winthrop is the author of over 40 books for children, from picture books to YA novels, including her Clarion titles, THE LITTLE HUMPBACKED HORSE and AS THE CROW FLIES. Her book for Holiday House, CASTLE IN THE ATTIC, received many awards. VASILISSA THE BEAUTIFUL (HarperCollins) was on the IRA Teacher's Choice and Children's Choice lists.
Published December 18, 2008 by Yearling. 242 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Twelve-year-old Grace is proud to be one of the best readers at school, but she's pulled out to be a doffer at the mill, her parents happy to have the extra money coming in.

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