Grace Doe is your average teenage girl. She is a sophomore at a typical high school. She works at a regular part-time job. She is even a member of a normal American family. However, this is also Grace’s biggest problem—she is so average, she’s invisible. Or at least, that’s how Grace feels most of the time in the book Grace Notes.
Dandi Daley Mackall, author of numerous books, creates an honest and realistic tale in the first book of her Blog On series. Grace Notes explores the issues of popularity, worry, friendships, and personal appearance that pre-teen girls will understand and appreciate.
This book focuses on Grace and her ownership of a webpage on the Internet called That’s What You Think! Grace may feel invisible in the real world, but she finds her voice on the web. Through it she is able to use her gift of writing to portray her thoughts on life without giving away her true identity. Then, Grace’s virtual world falls apart when she receives an e-mail from someone who threatens to blow her cover. By the end of the story, Grace learns an important lesson about love and the body of Christ.
Although the writing is not classic literature material, Mackall will hold her readers’ attention with well-developed characters who are both lovable and realistic. Pre-teen girls will see themselves in Grace, and other readers will learn the importance of fellowship along with these characters.
Grace Notes portrays the life of an average America teen with a personal story. It reveals what goes on inside a normal girl’s head. The tale is somehow familiar, but that is exactly why Mackall’s readers will enjoy it. The book will teach girls who may feel like Grace a significant lesson and get them hooked on the Blog On series along the way. – Amy Nickerson, Christian Book Previews.com
Gracie prefers blogging anonymously about her high school classmates to befriending them—and she likes being an outsider just fine, thanks. But when a new student discovers Gracie's identity, she's forced to make a decision. Will she choose belonging—and a wonderful new friend—or will she keep her distance?