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Grace Notes (FaithGirlz! Blog On V1) [Paperback]

By Mackall Dandi (Author)
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Pages   128
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.34"
Weight:   0.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 31, 2006
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
Age  8-12
ISBN  0310710936  
EAN  9780310710936  
UPC  025986710934  

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Gracie Doe, a keen observer of human nature, prefers to blog?keep an online journal on her anonymous website--about her classmates at Big Lake High, not befriend them. But when a new girl moves to town and discovers Gracie?s Internet blog identity, Gracie is forced to discover God?s purpose in belonging, and she recruits three very different girls for her ?Blog Team.?

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More About Mackall Dandi

Dandi Daley Mackall Dandi Daley Mackall is theauthor of numerous books for children, includingLarger-Than-Life Lara. She lives in West Salem, Ohio, with her husband and their three children.

Dandi Daley Mackall currently resides in West Salem, in the state of Ohio.

Dandi Daley Mackall has published or released items in the following series...
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Lovable and realistic  Jan 17, 2007
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, [...]
Terrific, fun, relevant book!  Oct 23, 2006
I spend hours online every day and found this story to be so true! What I liked best was the way the author makes you feel like you're there--so real. I could be Gracie, observing and not feeling a part of things.
My best friend and I are going to do what Gracie and her friends end up doing--blog together, be positive instead of negative.
Everything about this book reads true and real. Can't get it out of my head--in a very good way! I love these characters--and each one gets to "star" in her own book in the series. Wait 'til you read LOVE, ANNIE!
Made my brain hurt.  Oct 16, 2006
Dandi Daley Mackall, Grace Notes (Zonderkidz, 2006)

While reading this book, keep in the front of your mind one major fact: LiveJournal, the weblog service, is free. If you can finish this book while thinking about that fact without wondering what Ms. Mackall may have been smoking (and where you can get some) while writing it, you're a better man than I am, Charlie Brown.

Not only that, but Grace Notes also suffers from the stigma of having attempted to appear hip and fallen flat on its outdated face. (No twelve-year-old has used the term "fly" other than in jest in at least a decade; you can pretty much guarantee that if a term has progressed far enough into the lexicon to be part of a radio-friendly song title, it's "so five minutes ago.") It does, however, have the distinct advantage of being short. And the descriptive phrase "Christian YA blogging fiction," bandied about in press releases, is quite simply irresistible.

Grace is a high school student who keeps an anonymous weblog about stuff that goes in in the world around her. As it happens, she's developed something of a readership, because she's actually pretty good at this writing thing, and is a pretty keen observer, though she lacks something in the depth-of-field department, misreading her classmates now and again. As "the invisible girl," the one who can walk down the middle of the hallway in a bikini and still not get noticed, Grace has a perfect place from which to observe-- until, that is, someone from her school realizes that the blog that "Jane Doe," Grace's online name, is writing is about their high school, and that that someone, who signs her emails "Blog Buster," is now on a mission to find out who "Jane Doe" is and expose her.

Now, this is actually good stuff, conceptually. Done right, a book with such a premise could be presented in many ways, from love story to survival thriller, and come out with flying colors. Here's the problem: the mainstream media's attempt to do the "online plot" correctly has, to an offering, failed. There was You've Got Mail from the film camp. There was a painful X-Files episode, one of the worst in the show's history, from the world of TV. There was Anyone You Want Me to Be, a below-average true-crime thriller, from the print world. (Think about the juxtaposition of the phrases "below average" and "true crime" for a while before assimilating that sentence, and then despair.) And this is just one example of each, where there are many. All make the same basic mistake-- they're written by people who aren't immersed enough in the culture to have online knowledge that progresses beyond the world of 48 Hours exposes about how awful the Internet is.

And now we get back to my first point: how can someone who doesn't know that LiveJournal has a free option write anything better than the examples provided above? Given the incredible lack of research needed to make such a blunder (the amount of "research" needed to figure this out would have been going to the site, signing up, and choosing the "free account" option-- which takes all of three minutes), can you expect a great deal from this book?

In Mackall's defense, I must point out my wife's objection to this argument, that Mackall is not actually referring to the LiveJournal service when she refers to weblogs as "live journals" (note the clever use of two words and no capitals). A review is not the place to get into a branding argument, so I won't. I'll just say I respectfully disagree, but leave the option out there.

In any case, there's still a question on the table to be answered, even if the answer is an obvious "no." This is not to say there isn't something under the hood that could have been saved with a little more attention to detail; Grace's search for a group to which to belong is one that a number of kids go through. To continue on with the already-stale car analogy, it's a book that has a decent chassis to it, but is in desperate need of some bodywork. **
Very Helpful!  Aug 27, 2006
As adults we are all concerned for the safety of our children on the internet; however as we are aware the internet is a part of their lives that is never going to go away.
Blogging has become important to many and the young are no different. Sharing their lives, their adventures, their fears is becoming a norm among our youth and also poses a threat to their safety.
In this work we meet Gracie who does not reveal her true identity in her blog but soon the truth is found out after much is written that may not make her the most popular girl at Big Lake High, which is fine with her, or is it?
Gracie learns how important it is to belong, yet still be an individual, share her life, but still be private and understand that God makes us all different and unique but we all in one way or another need each other.
This is a fun work that is packed with spiritual insight that every young girl will relate to.
Jane or Gracie?  Aug 7, 2006
"Grace Notes" is about a girl name Gracie who has a blog site. Everyone on the blog site calls her Jane instead of Gracie because she doesn't want anyone to know her real identity. She likes being "invisible." Only one person knows that Jane is really Gracie: her little sister Mich.

I like this story because the main character is someone I can relate to. She's "invisible" and she doesn't like to wear make-up or "cutie" clothes like all the other girls in her school. In other words, she's not trying to be popular; she's content to just be herself and she doesn't mind being alone.

I really liked reading this book and I would highly recommend it for girls my age.

Abby, 7th grade


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