by Mary Hoffman
illustrations by Caroline Binch
Interests: acting, theatre, imagination, strong girls, single parent
Dial Books for Young Readers/Penguin: 1991
Sequels: Boundless Grace, Starring Grace, Princess Grace, Grace at Christmas, Encore Grace, Bravo Grace
Grace loves stories and she loves acting them out. When it’s time for the school play she is determined to land the lead role in Peter Pan. Her friends tell her that Peter Pan can’t be a girl, especially not a black girl. Grace is momentarily discouraged, but in the end her talent and determination win her the part, which she performs to perfection.
This is the perfect story for those who love the stage, and Grace is an inspiring model of imagination and boldness. The illustrations perfectly capture her personality, bubbling over with enthusiasm and energy. Her mother and grandmother too, provide wise support and encouragement just when it’s needed the most.