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Meet Marie-Grace (American Girl) (American Girl (Quality)) (edition 2011)

by Sarah M Buckey, Christine Kornacki (Illustrator)

Series: American Girls: Cécile and Marie-Grace (1), American Girls (Cécile & Marie-Grace 1)

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Marie-Grace Gardner, a doctor's daughter who has just returned to her native New Orleans in 1853, makes friends with Cécile Rey, whose prosperous family are free people of color, and is persuaded to change places with her at separate Mardi Gras balls.
Member:Karra.MCDS
Title:Meet Marie-Grace (American Girl) (American Girl (Quality))
Authors:Sarah M Buckey
Other authors:Christine Kornacki (Illustrator)
Info:Amer Girl (2011), Paperback, 105 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****1/2
Tags:Realistic fiction

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Meet Marie-Grace by Sarah M. Buckey

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Marie-Grace, a 9-year-old girl originally from New Orleans, has just moved back to the city after living in Pennsylvania because of a cholera outbreak that killed her mother and little brother. Of course, Marie-Grace is leery of such a big move, but also enthusiastic about all the new adventures New Orleans surely holds. Maybe most exciting of all, Marie-Grace’s uncle Luc is friends with Mademoiselle Michel, a famous French opera singer who is willing to give Marie-Grace singing lessons. While at singing lessons, Marie-Grace meets Cécile; she and her family are gens de couleur libres, or free people of color, and after a bit of a rocky start, her and Cécile become fast friends.

At the end, there’s a section about what life in New Orleans would have been like during Marie-Grace’s life, which provides perfect context for readers that are unfamiliar with the time period and/or city. There’s also a small glossary at the end to help with French pronunciations, since Cécile and many others in New Orleans spoke French at the time. Additionally, if readers are excited to read more, Cécile has her own series, which also features Marie-Grace. Meet Marie-Grace, like many American Girl books, provides readers an opportunity to read about a time period and place that is rarely written about, and the unique story of Marie-Grace and Cécile will surely inspire readers to explore more historical fiction if they haven’t already. Recommended. Grades 2-5. ( )
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