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Mary Hoffman

Author of Amazing Grace

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About the Author

Children's author and reviewer Mary Hoffman was born in 1945. She attended Newnham College to study English literature and University College London to study linguistics. She started writing in 1970 and has written about eighty children's books including the picture book Amazing Grace, the show more Stravaganza series, and the anti-war anthology Lines in the Sand. She is also the editor of the children's book review magazine Armadillo, which comes out four times a year. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Includes the names: Mary Hoffman, Mary Hoffmann

Disambiguation Notice:

Mary Hoffman has written a very wide range of books for children and young adults, including the Stravaganza series, the Amazing Grace books, historical novels, and non-fiction.


Works by Mary Hoffman

Amazing Grace (1991) 4,073 copies
Stravaganza: City of Masks (2002) 1,467 copies
Boundless Grace (1995) 1,012 copies
Stravaganza: City of Stars (2003) 789 copies
Stravaganza: City of Flowers (2005) 701 copies
Stravaganza: City of Secrets (2008) 351 copies
Starring Grace (2000) 303 copies
A First Book of Fairy Tales (2001) 293 copies
A First Bible Story Book (1997) 284 copies
Princess Grace (2007) 226 copies
Snake (Animals in the Wild) (1986) 212 copies
Stravaganza: City of Ships (2010) 209 copies
The Color of Home (2002) 195 copies
Bear (Animals in the Wild) (1986) 136 copies
Stravaganza: City of Swords (2012) 126 copies
Earth, Fire, Water, Air (1995) 117 copies
Grace at Christmas (2011) 113 copies
Parables: Stories Jesus Told (2000) 107 copies
An Angel Just Like Me (1997) 99 copies
Sun, Moon, and Stars (1998) 98 copies
Three Wise Women (1999) 82 copies
Troubadour (2009) 77 copies
David (1738) 73 copies
Grace and Family (1726) 73 copies
Animals of the Bible (1664) 67 copies
A First Book of Myths (1999) 61 copies
Bravo, Grace! (2005) 50 copies
Encore, Grace! (2003) 50 copies
Panda (Animals in the Wild) (1984) 31 copies
Henry's Baby (1993) 27 copies
Welcome to the Family (2014) 26 copies
Tiger (1983) 24 copies
Four-Legged Ghost (1993) 24 copies
Stacks of Stories (1997) 24 copies
Virtual Friend (1998) 23 copies
Dracula's Daughter (1800) 23 copies
My Grandma has Black Hair (1988) 18 copies
Nancy No-Size (1987) 17 copies
Virtual Friends Again (2001) 16 copies
Hippo (1985) 15 copies
Daughters of Time (2014) 14 copies
The three little pigs (2010) 12 copies
Beauty and the beast (2010) 10 copies
Special Powers (1997) 10 copies
Antelope (1987) 9 copies
Tilt (2017) 9 copies
Amazing Grace Paper Dolls (1998) 9 copies
The Ravenmaster's Boy (2017) 7 copies
The Great Big Brain Book (2020) 6 copies
Smile (2018) 6 copies
Wild Cat (1986) 5 copies
The Angel Of Venice (2014) 5 copies
Specially Sarah (1988) 5 copies
Deadly Letter (2014) 4 copies
Babies' Hotel (1993) 3 copies
Cyril MC (Puffin poetry) (1994) 3 copies
How to Be a Cat (2001) 3 copies
Trace in Space (1995) 1 copy
All About Lucy (1990) 1 copy
Pirate Baby (2019) 1 copy
Just Jack (1991) 1 copy
Catwalk (1989) 1 copy
Isatsetik tiraka (2013) 1 copy
Comet (Pet Pals) (1997) 1 copy

Associated Works

Venice Noir (2012) — Contributor — 56 copies
Centuries of Stories (1999) — Contributor — 55 copies
It's Fun To Be Five (2000) — Contributor — 35 copies
Awesome Animal Stories (10-in-1) (2007) — Contributor — 14 copies
The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 11 (2014) — Contributor — 12 copies


Common Knowledge

Legal name
Hoffman, Mary Lassiter
Eastleigh, Hampshire, England, UK
Newnham College, Cambridge
University College London
Lassiter, Rhiannon (daughter)
Disambiguation notice
Mary Hoffman has written a very wide range of books for children and young adults, including the Stravaganza series, the Amazing Grace books, historical novels, and non-fiction.



Grace loves stories, whether they're from books, movies, or the kind her grandmother tells. So when she gets a chance to play a part in Peter Pan, she knows exactly who she wants to be. Remarkable watercolor illustrations give full expression to Grace's high-flying imagination.
wichitafriendsschool | 251 other reviews | Jul 27, 2023 |
This book has been banned, so of course I immediately read it. The ban is at least for showing same-sex parents, I don't know if the people who banned it could tolerate anything else, like mixed-race families, etc. There's nothing remotely about sex, let alone is there anything graphic. I had to laugh when I got to the families headed by two women - a friend of mine lived like that, her father died and her aunt lived with them. In those days, her mother and aunt were probably paid less than men who did the same job, because men have to support a family. So did her mother, of course, but that's what she gets for being so careless as to lose her husband. That was back when, as the author and illustrator say, most families in books were a white heterosexual couple with a boy and a girl. It seems to me that there was also usually a baby, who might or might not have had a specified sex or gender.

I think this is terrific. The sooner people recognize that not everyone is like them, the better. Whatever the book banners might prefer, people are extremely varied, and banning this book, or any number of other books is not going to alter the fact that there has never been a time when people conformed, or were able to conform, to their ideal.

The books is charming. The illustrations are lively and expressive, and it covers an enormous range of variety - not just differences in race, gender, and number of parents, but also religion, adoption, hobbies, communication styles. Brava to both the authors.

They also produced the equally charming and also banned, Babies, Babies Everywhere.. Or perhaps that was Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyer.
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PuddinTame | 29 other reviews | Jun 25, 2023 |
I did this book during Baby Time. My parents smiled and laughed with truly how relatable the first year of a baby's life is
msgabbythelibrarian | Jun 11, 2023 |
Grace loves to tell and act out stories. One day she wants to be Peter Pan, and against all odds, she does it!
I'd love to have this book in my classroom because it shows a strong female lead that is determined to do whatever she wants. It is a good reminder of kids of both genders and all races that they can do anything they set their mind to.
_kaley.s | 251 other reviews | Mar 15, 2023 |



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