Sample text for Still just Grace / written and illustrated by Charise Mericle Harper.


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My real name is Grace, and if that was your real
name then you would think that if someone
wanted your attention they would shout "Grace!"
but that is not what happens for me. I am not a
usual person, but you can't tell that by just
looking at me, because most of my unusualness
is pretty much on the inside. My outside wrapping
looks like any other girl's, except I don't wear very
much pink because that is definitely not one of
my favorite colors.

Having four girls named Grace in the same class,
and not letting any of them use the name Grace.
Instead, calling them Grace W., Gracie, Grace F.
(secretly named the Big Meanie by me, because
that is what she is), and Just Grace. The Just
Grace name probably being the most dumb name
in the whole world ever, which is especially bad
and sad because that's the one that is mine.

Thinking that someone is 100 percent disgusting
and not likable, and then having something
happen that changes your mind a little bit so that
the gross disgusting feeling is almost all gone,
even when you have to stand right next to him
and say, "Hi, Sammy."

Having a little superpower that almost no one
knows about. Empathy power is the power to feel
someone else's sadness, and then to try to make
that sadness go away. It's not an easy power to
have. I know, because I have it.

It still tasted good, though!

Girls who draw comics, because mostly that's a
boy thing, though it just doesn't make any sense
why it would be that way. Butterfly Lady can make
you feel better just by wrapping you in her big
beautiful wings.

Living next door to your most perfect friend in the
whole world. And having that friend be someone
as great as Mimi.

Having a cool French flight attendant named
Augustine Dupre living right in your very own
basement. But living in a great apartment that
your dad made, not in the scary-spider part next
to the furnace.

Hopefully they will never meet!


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Best friends -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Teachers -- Fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.