Grace by Jill Paton Walsh

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When young Englishwoman Grace Darling spots a wreck offshore, she enlists the aid of her father to rescue the survivors--an act that brings her the adoration and rejection of her nation. By the author of A Chance Child.
 

About Jill Paton Walsh

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Jill Paton Walsh was born Gillian Bliss on April 29, 1937 in London. She graduated from St. Anne's College in Oxford. She taught at the Enfield Girls' Grammar School for three years and was a permanent visiting faculty member for the Center for Children's Literature at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. She was also an adjunct British board member of Children's Literature New England. She has written more than 15 books for children. She has won numerous awards including the Book World Festival Award for Fireweed in 1970, the Whitbread Prize for The Emperor's Winding Sheet in1974, the Universe Prize for A Parcel of Patterns in 1984, and the Smarties Grand Prix for Gaffer Samson's Luck in 1984. She has also written adult novels, including completing an unfinished Dorothy Sayers manuscript. Her adult works include Knowledge of Angels, The Serpentine Cave, and A School for Lovers. She is the author of the Imogen Quy Mystery series and the Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery series. She was elected as fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1996.
 
Published April 1, 1994 by Perfection Learning. 256 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Though she invents dialogue and centers on Grace's honest and conscientious moral struggle, Paton Walsh's splendid narrative of this true event is as much an imaginative reconstruction as a novel, frequently using direct quotes from contemporary accounts, journals, and letters.

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PW called Paton Walsh's reconstruction of the life of Grace Darling, a heroine of Victorian England, ``gripping'' and ``timely.'' Ages 12-up.

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This novel is based on the true story of Grace Darling, who lived a simple life by the sea until her participation in a daring ocean rescue made her famous throughout Victorian Britain.

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