Commended: Kraft Foods Prize for Young Adult Fiction, Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2002.Honourable Mention, Young Adults section, De Gouden Zoen Prize (prestigious Dutch literary prize, The Golden Kiss.Shortlisted: CBC Awards 2002, Boo
Alyssa Brugman is a young writer with a degree in marketing who works as a Communications Manager for a non-profit training and employment organisation. This is her first novel. (Finding Grace was submitted for the 1999 Vogel Award and received favourable reports from the judges.)
Gr 8 Up-Rachel is just starting college when a local attorney who met her during graduation hires her to care for Grace, his former coworker and friend, who has suffered brain damage. The teen approaches the job with her typical perfectionism, but without much compassion. However, as Rachel begins to unfold and piece together Grace's past, she discovers a woman who once lived and loved. As Rachel opens herself up to a new world of experiences, she is forced to admit that she doesn't know everything. Brugman has written a novel that is both funny and heart-wrenching. The characters have a refreshing creativity, are perfectly rounded, and vividly brought to life as they interact with one another. Rachel's quirky observations create laughter, and her evolving sense of humanity never fails to bring a smile. Grace's story is full of shocking surprises that unfold like a mystery; coupled with Rachel's personal growth, it drives the plot forward as readers long to learn more.-Leigh Ann Morlock, Vernonia School District, OR Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.