Joseph's Grace

Joseph's Grace

For Ages: 12 and up
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Joseph’s sophomore year is about to begin, but his new start is a false one. At his father’s request Joseph moved in with Aunt Shirley, Uncle Todd and cousin Jasmine over the summer, to distance himself from his mother’s drug problems and the dangerous characters she interacts with. But efforts to keep Joseph safe have had tragic results for Jasmine: Momma’s boyfriend Bow, on one of his regular rounds lurking around the neighborhood, shoots through a wall and kills Jasmine on the spot. As Joseph contends with his own grief, his mother’s persistent pleas for money, and the distance between himself and his father in Iraq—not to mention schoolwork, making the tennis team, and a new relationship—he’s learning what’s most important to him, and what sacrifices he’ll have to make to become the person he needs to be.
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  • Margaret K. McElderry Books | 
  • 160 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416939429 | 
  • January 2011 | 
  • Grades 7 and up
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CHAPTER ONE

“Amaaaaaazing grace! How sweet the sound

That saved a wretch like me!

I once was lost,

But now am found,

Was blind, but now I seeeee.”

Miss Novella Edmonds sings as everyone screams and cries at my cousin Jasmine’s funeral.

“Help me, Jesus,” she says, and makes her way back to her seat in the choir stand after singing and shouting all over the place.

“Help me, Lord. Help me,” she says between verses as Miss Fitten fans her with the paper fan that has a picture of Martin Luther King Jr. and his family on it. Miss Fitten is... see more

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