Just Grace Walks the Dog (Just Grace Series #3)

Just Grace Walks the Dog (Just Grace Series #3)

by Charise Mericle Harper

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Everyone’s favorite Grace is back. And this time she has a dog.
Unfortunately, he’s only made of cardboard and rides a skate board. Grace is determined though to prove to her parents that she is responsible and dependable enough to get a real dog.
Things you learn in this book:
1. Sometimes it is okay to be sneaky if you don’t get caught.
2. How to do flashlight Morse code.
3. What happened at school that was exciting: nothing.
4. How it feels to walk into your class after going to the principal’s office!
5. Many other things, but most important, how to convince your parents to MAYBE let you get a dog. A real one, not one made of cardboard.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547237534
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 05/18/2009
Series: Just Grace Series , #3
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 363,552
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: NC840L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 9 Years

About the Author

Charise Mericle Harper is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including the Just Grace series and the Next Best Junior Chef series. Charise lives in Oregon. Visit Charise at chariseharper.com and on Twitter at @ChariseHarper.

Read an Excerpt

There are two kinds of unfortunate things: those that are unfortunate because they have not happened, and those that are unfortunate because they already really did happen. I am pretty unlucky, because right now in my life I have both kinds of unfortunate things happening at the exact same time! My unfortunate thing that did not happen is that I am not allowed to have a dog, and my unfortunate thing that did happen is that at school everyone calls me Just Grace.

Some people say that when bad stuff happens in your life it gives you lots of character, which means that you end up being a super-interesting person when you grow up. I must be filling up with character pretty fast, because unfortunate stuff is always especially happening to me. Maybe that means I’ll be on TV or something when I get big.
When something unfortunate happens it is probably better if the unfortunate thing is a mistake instead of an on-purpose unfortunate thing. So I am at least lucky about that, because my biggest unfortunate thing was definitely 100 percent an accident.

My real name is Grace, but at school my name is Just Grace, which is an unusual, stupid, and completely dumb name. How something can change from nothing special to completely dumb is a long, unfortunate story, and one that I am very tired of explaining. But if I don’t explain it, then people think that it’s an on-purpose thing and that my parents were crazy to name me that, and that I have been living with the awful Just Grace name since the day I was born, and maybe even worse, that I actually like it. And then they will look at me like I am 100 percent Just Grace. So I have to tell them the story so they can know that only my outside is Just Grace and that on my insides I’m a solid Grace all the way through. It’s like being a girl M&M. I look like Just Grace/candy on the outside, but on the inside I’m all Grace/chocolate! It might not seem like it, but it makes a big difference!

There are four girls named Grace in my class. Miss Lois, my teacher, said that we all had to change our names or she would never be able to get the right Grace’s attention when she said “Grace.” Even when she was explaining this I could kind of tell she was right because all four of us looked up when she said Grace, and Peter Marchelli, who sits right next to me, didn’t even stop doodling on his desk. Miss Lois named Grace Wallace “Grace W.,” and Grace Francis “Grace F.,” and Grace Landowski “Gracie,” and then right before she got to me I said, “Well, if everyone else is having a new name, can I be called just Grace?” Since no one else was using the Grace name, it seemed like maybe I could have it. But Miss Lois didn’t understand me, and even when I tried to tell her about her mistake she still didn’t listen, or even care about it anymore. She closed her ears and wrote Just Grace in her rule book of class names and attendance. And then suddenly it was school law forever, that my new dumb name was Just Grace, because once it is written in the book it can never be changed. The first person to make fun of me was Grace F., and that was no surprise because back then she was still the Big Meanie and I thought she hated me. But that was before she changed back into Grace F., who is really very funny and an excellent artist, which are two things you would not imagine could be true until you got to know her.

Grace F., Grace W., and I all had to do a project together, and that is how we all became friends. Grace L. was in another group so she got to be friends with Walker Marcie and Bethany, but I still think it made her sad that she was not friends with us, because our names were all Grace and she was a Grace too, but not one who was in our group. I can figure out stuff like that because of my teeny tiny superpower. My superpower helps me know when people are unhappy, even if they are pretending to be happy, and even if they are very good actors. It’s called empathy power. The hard thing about superpowers is that they don’t come with an instruction book so it’s not always easy to know exactly when and how to use them. I think other superpowers, like superstrength or x-ray eyes, would be a lot easier to work. I felt sorry for Grace L. when we other Graces were joking around and having so much fun calling each other Grace, Grace, and Grace. But I couldn’t figure out what to do to help her, so I pretended I didn’t notice she was sad. This is a very hard thing for a person with my superpower to do, and it can sometimes end up giving me a stomachache.

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Just Grace Walks the Dog (Just Grace Series) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a 7year old girl that tottauly LOVES this book .This is a great book.You should read it to!!!!!!!
betsylu More than 1 year ago
my six year old and I really like the Just Grace series. Grace is a likable little girl who has fun adventures. the pictures are awesome! my daughter and I are often laughing while reading these. great challenge for this beginning reader as well!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is pretty good!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this books overall rating is five because i really enjoyed the action in this book
Avery Higginbotham More than 1 year ago
A wonderful story about a regular girl with an irregular life!
omphalos02 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Third Just Grace book is about the eight-year-old's attempts to convince her parents that she is dependable and responsible enough to get a dog. Cute, but I was hoping it would be funnier.
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The author writes well with good sentences and makes the reader stay on in the detailed, twisted plot about just grace and her friends. She makes just grace have many great ideas. A must read for readers all ages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Grate book.Its funny, and fun for all ages
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I liked it!
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Emily Davidoff, I:m saying this very pleasently. READ THIS BOOK NOW!!!!! I DEMAND YOU TO!!! THIS BOOK IS AWESOME!!!! SAME WITH ALL OTHER READERS!!!!!!! - Elise Goldstein
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Just Grace is back and even more hilarious than before.

She's still trying to cheer everyone up and she still draws Not-So-Super comics, but this time she's on a different mission. She wants a dog and she wants one bad. Her best friend, Mimi, also wants a dog. They decide that Grace has a better chance of getting one, so when Grace does get a dog, they plan on sharing it.

Of course, it's not easy convincing Grace's parents that she's responsible enough to have a dog -- and there's also the fact that Grace and Mimi can't decide on what type of dog to get. It turns out that getting a dog is harder than Grace expected.

JUST GRACE WALKS THE DOG is a great addition to the humorous JUST GRACE series. Harper does a great job of capturing the voice of a young tween. The writing style, while very simple, is perfect for the intended audience and makes the book great for those who are just beginning to tackle chapter books.

I recommend this to fans of the AMBER BROWN and JUNIE B. JONES series'.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this book because i like dogs and i have 1 a poodle