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1001 Stories Collection

Amazing Grace

1001 Amazing Grace
Added on 19th August 2020

Author Mary Hoffman
First published 1991
Publisher Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd, London, UK

Grace is determined to follow her dreams.

Story

Grace longs to play the lead role of Peter Pan in her school play. Her classmates say she can’t - Peter was a boy and he wasn’t black. But with the support of her family, she realises she can accomplish anything if she sets her mind to it!

Why we chose it

A story about loving stories, following dreams and discovering that anything is possible.

Where it came from

Mary Hoffman started out with the title, Amazing Grace, and pondered about what would make Grace so amazing. She loosely based the character on herself as she also loved acting out stories when she was younger. Hoffman knew there were very few BAME children in picture books at the time and wanted to address the imbalance. Her husband is half Indian and she was aware that her own children did not see themselves in books they read.

Where it went next

Amazing Grace has sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide! BookTrust named it one of the 'Best Children’s Books in the Last 100 years' in 2013.

Caroline Birch has also been credited for her beautiful illustrations in Amazing Grace, winning the Kate Greenaway Medal.

Amazing Grace was such a success that Hoffman created a series of Grace books. Her sequel Boundless Grace became a play in Minneapolis.

Associated stories

Other picture books about Grace are Grace and Family, Princess Grace and Grace at Christmas. Starring Grace Encore, Grace! and Bravo Grace are early readers.

Mary Hoffman is the author of over 100 books for children and teenagers. Her recent picture books include Pirate Baby illustrated by R0s Asquith.

Mary Hoffman also write historical fiction for teenage readers. Novels include The Falconer’s Knot, Troubadour, David, Shakespeare’s Ghost, The Ravenmaster’s Boy and the Stravaganza series.

Added on 19th August 2020

Author Mary Hoffman
First published 1991
Publisher Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd, London, UK