Already have an account? Not for a while, apparently, because the hem on my dress catches the grass as we trek to the front door. Just till Joe and me get settled. The skin on her hand is thin, translucent, like china held up to the light.
Showing of 9 next show all Lovely, spare story -- the short chapters make it relatively unintimidating. A good story about a stutterer finding her voice; the rural New England setting is somewhat unusual, as is the solitary survivalist aunt character. But honestly, in most ways it isn't especially distinct from other "flaky mom abandons kid s " stories, and I haven't found that it stuck with me.
SamMusher Mar 30, admit it. I have a thing for scratchy old farm women who are hard on the outside, soft on the inside and full of solutions to life's problems. Grandma Dowdel and Agatha Thornhill are birds of a feather, scruffy old hags with hearts of gold.
When city-bred fifteen year old Cornelia is thrust upon her country Aunt Agatha because her mother is running off to Las Vegas with her Tending to grace, C-c-c-cornelia's world is torn apart.
She is sure her mother will be coming back soon, even though the signs point elsewhere. Because of her stutter, Cornelia tries to be invisible. Agatha won't hear of it. She's a 'stand up for yourself' type of person.
Fusco's writing is so expressive, from the beginning, comparing Cornelia's life to a clothesline, through to the end, as both Cornelia and Agatha learn things about the other.
Tending to Grace has mountains and frog races and fiddleheads and fun. It's a feel good book, so feel good and read it.
Readers will love Cornelia, who is stronger than she thinks. So many issues are addressed it would be easy to glaze over one or more, but Fusco manages to give all the attention they deserve.
Lenore is Cornelia's mother--and Cornelia's fix-up project. What does it matter that Cornelia won't talk to anyone and is always stuck in the easiest English class at school, even though she's read more books than anyone else? tending to grace is a good book. It starts out driving with a family at the end of May on a silent day. What made me like this story was this line "the boyfirend".Reviews: Tending to Grace by Kimberly Newton Fusco starting at $ Tending to Grace has 5 available editions to buy at Alibris.
Cornelia herself is immensely loveable and relatable. Teens who struggle will identify with her, and when she discovers her own strength of reading rather than speaking, they will see their own strengths.
The ending is subtle, finishing with a quiet continuation of life rather than a sudden climax and resolution, and yet it is so appropriate it still leaves the reader satisfied. MartyAllen Nov 26, I read a book this morning; a wonderful, short, evocative, uplifting book called Tending to Grace.
It made a lovely way to center my thoughts at the beginning of the day. Tending to Grace is written from the point of view of a high school sophomore whose mother leaves for Vegas with the boyfriend, dropping daughter off with an elderly eccentric aunt in the countryside.
Take it or leave it. This is who she is. But slowly the hard shell round Cornelia begins to crack. And I love the feel of different worlds colliding when city girl meets country home, when silent rebel begins to confess the delight of reveling in words.Tending To Grace - Reviewed by Mecca J.
(age 14) member(s) of the Spaghetti Book Club! Tending To Grace Written by Kimberly Fusco. Reviewed by Mecca J. (age 14) Cornelia Thornhill's world seems to be slowly closing in on her.
Problems from her past permanently damage her ability to show her inner-self and to express any feelings toward the world.
About Kimberly Newton Fusco. KIMBERLY NEWTON FUSCO is the author of three other novels, Tending to Grace, The Wonder of Charlie Anne, and Beholding Bee, which garnered many accolades. Tending to Grace By Kimberly Newton Kimberly Newton Kimberly Newton was an award-winning reporter.
She was an editor for 15 years. This is her third novel. She lives in Foster, RI. Main Characters Falling Action Rising Action Cornelia spends most of her time in the hut, reads and thinks. Tending to Grace is a well-written novel, one that you can read in a single sitting but that packs an emotional punch.
Fusco won the Schneider Family Book Award for the middle school age range for this book in (the same category in which Cynthia Lord won for RULES in ).
Narrator Cornelia, 14, makes a new life with her great-aunt when her mother heads for Las Vegas with “the boyfriend.” Other neglected teenagers would be lucky to end up with such a stalwart, refreshing relative in their hour of need.
Tending to Grace is written from the point of view of a high school sophomore whose mother leaves for Vegas with the boyfriend, dropping daughter off with an elderly eccentric aunt in the countryside/5(4).
Tending to Grace is a well-written novel, one that you can read in a single sitting but that packs an emotional punch. Fusco won the Schneider Family Book Award for the middle school age range for this book in (the same category in which Cynthia Lord won for RULES in ). Our school reading collections supply a comprehensive assortment of titles that are perfect for adding depth to classrooms and school libraries. Narrator Cornelia, 14, makes a new life with her great-aunt when her mother heads for Las Vegas with “the boyfriend.” Other neglected teenagers would be lucky to end up with such a stalwart, refreshing relative in their hour of need.