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!Free ♹ Counting on Grace ☬ Pownal, Vermont At , Grace And Her Best Friend Arthur Must Leave School And Go To Work As A Doffers On Their Mothers Looms In The Mill Grace S Mother Is The Best Worker, Fast And Powerful, And Grace Desperately Wants To Help Her But She S Left Handed And Doffing Is A Right Handed Job Grace S Every Mistake Costs Her Mother, And The Family She Only Feels Capable On Sundays, When She And Arthur Receive Special Lessons From Their Teacher Together They Write A Secret Letter To The Child Labor Board About Underage Children Working In Pownal A Few Weeks Later A Man With A Camera Shows Up It Is The Famous Reformer Lewis Hine, Undercover, Collecting Evidence For The Child Labor Board Grace S Brief Acquaintance With Hine And The Photos He Takes Of Her Are A Gift That Changes Her Sense Of Herself, Her Future, And Her Family S Future Counting on Grace by Elizabeth Winthrop is a historical fiction novel set in Northern New England during a time of child labor issues in mills This book brought a flood of memories back for me and how I wish that my mother and Grandparents were alive now to fill me in on unwritten details of mill life My Grandfather Milton Hayes was an engineer who worked in a paper mill in northern New Hampshire I remember the smell of the mill when we would visit Berlin NH I remember Grammie sternly commanding us not to pick and eat from the garden Every bean and tomato had to be washed thoroughly to remove the mill soot before eating Grammie had been a one room school house teacher but had to leave her position when she married Grandpa Another vague memory I had was my mother who would occasionally speak in French when I grew up but never in front of her parents She explained that French speakers were considered poor and low status when she was a child, so she was not allowed to speak the language I enjoyed the book as a tool to educate about the time and it sparked my interest in my own history I did find the foreshadowing to be a bit of a slap in the face Arthur is reading the Red Badge of Courage and he then harms himself to be able to escape the mill I found myself just waiting until it would happen, knowing that it would at some point I suppose that this aspect of the book could be used as a teaching point with students I found the book an easy read without much mystery It wasa matter of waiting for an event to happen instead of wondering what was going to happen I do think the text does a good job introducing the time period and the subject of child labor to the reader I like the fact that it is based on true events Overall I think that Counting on Grace has room for improvement with engaging the reader in a bit of suspense I rarely found myself on the edge of my seat anxious for the next events. An outstanding book that I picked up in the children s section of my local library The haunting photo on the book jacket drew my attention, and I just had to read the story.It turns out that the photograph is rather famous it was taken by Edward Hines and still resides in a museum He had taken pictures of immigrants arriving at Ellis Island, and became curious about what happened to them after arriving in the U.S He followed them to the towns they settled in and discovered the issues of child labor laws that were not enforced He used subterfuge to get access to some of the mills, and took photographs of the children who worked there for long hours in terrible conditions Because of his efforts, social change eventually came.The author s story is the account of fictional characters other than Mr Hines, who visits their town and mill It is well written, from the viewpoint of a young girl who describes what life is like for her and her friends and family I ached for Grace as she struggled to please her parents and do well in the mill, and ached for her to find the better life that she longer for. This book was the 2007 book for Vermont s Community Reading Program I didn t realize this when I bought the book but since it takes place in Vermont I can understand why I hope that the readers there were as enthralled by this book as I was Children think that doing chores around the house is tough Grace started working in a mill when she wasn t yet a teenager doffing the bobbins for her mother as she turned cotton into thread The mills were filled with children working under conditions that were dangerous, to say the least Thank goodness for today s child labor laws in the USA.Ms Winthrop writes in such a manner that it is easy for young and old to understand She paints a picture of a life when there was no technology and most children didn t even get an education An era in our history that fascinates me but one I m glad not to have lived in. Being a doffer in the mill is exciting for 12 year old Grace, until she realizes she has to miss school to do it and it is not exactly legal This book really made me think about child labor laws and the evolution of our country A great read for any age. While browsing at the library, I noticed the cover of an audiobook in the juvenile section The picture of a young girl looked interesting, so I listened and was not disappointed.This well written piece of historical fiction shines the light on the conditions of French Canadian immigrant families in 1910 Vermont It is an engaging look at child labor and the struggle to break a cycle of poverty through education.Grace is spunky, can t sit still, and the second best reader in the class When book loving Arthur, any teacher s dream student, is pressed into mill servitude things get interesting Grace finds herself dismissed from school and working at the mill also even though she is only twelve years old.As a result of a letter Grace and Arthur write to the Child Labor Relations Board, undercover photographer, Lewis Hine, shows up at the mill to document the conditions for these underage workers This real life reformer brings hope to Grace and her family.As an added bonus, this audiobook includes an interview with the author Elizabeth Winthrop shares insights into writing the story and the discoveries she made about the child in the picture that Grace s character is based on Fascinating story Overall it was a good book , but I didn t really enjoy reading it as it isn t my type of genre that I like to read It was good book overall, Overall showing a kid should factory at such a young age Grace was barely 12 when she started at the mill Her parents used a birth certificate of an older sister who died before Grace was born Grace left school because she wanted to go work in the mill She did not understand the value of education because her parents did not It was survival There was one phrase that her teacher, Miss Lindsey, said to hershe was her second best reader Grace clung to that and in the end that was what saved her In those times, the company owned you You worked long hours six days a week, you lived in a company house and paid rent to the company, you bought groceries and clothing from the company store at higher prices and with interest and you were cheated by the company store because you were illiterate Modern day slavery long after the Cicil War This is a great book based loosely on a true story of an actual 12 year old Grace A moving story about life as told by a 12 year old little girl whose self esteem, courage, sense of what is right and what is wrong, social injustices, desire for education and friendship can and do facilitate CHANGE. Everyone says that nobody can count on Grace Her feet move too much and her brain is always thinking about something else, but it s not true, and she s going to prove them wrong When 12 year old Grace is kicked out of school her family is pleased That means oneperson to work at the mill in turn will meanfood to eat and maybe even a pair of shoes for her At first Grace is glad to be a doffer for her mother at the mill Her memories of playing in the factory during the summers are still fresh yet they come to an end as she discovers the draining pain of working 12 hours a day in a stuffy hot factory Because her mother is a skilled threader Grace has three times the work the average child has, running from frame to frame to keep up production, all the while enduring her mother s endless criticism Day after day her mouth and nose fill with cotton and dust making it difficult to breathe, her feet swell from standing so long and her hands get lacerated from the frames Injury after injury becomes a burden as her six days a week work schedule seems endless Grace longs to return back to school and dreams of a better life The question is will she have the courage to stand up to her family and tell them about the dreams in her heart.