Grace from China
by Jacqueline KolosovReviewed by Sita Shijie Sweet Wong, age 12,adopted from Shanghai in 1993.
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Grace from China is told by a 14-year-old girl named Jess, who lost her father in a car accident. A year later, she and her mom travel to China to adopt a baby girl named Xiao Ting.
In the beginning, Jess is really sad but doesn’t know how to talk about missing her father. In China, Jess befriends Winnie, a girl her age who was adopted from China, and who is traveling with her father to adopt. Winnie has recently lost her mom, and the two girls talk about how it feels to lose a parent. They also discuss China’s pollution and its one-child policy.
By the middle of the story, Jess is happy about adopting Xiao Ting. She and her mom decide to keep Xiao Ting as a middle name and give her the first name Grace, because she is a blessing to the family.
My favorite part is at the end, a year later. Two-year-old Grace has begun to use one of the family’s dogs, Crocket, as a bodyguard. Then, Jess, Grace, and their mom decorate their Christmas tree and wait for Winnie and her family to arrive for a visit.
I really enjoyed this book, and I hope you will too.
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