Going On Nine

Going On Nine A child swipes her mother s ring snatches her sister s nightgown and runs outside to play bride She soon loses the ring rips the gown correctly assumes it s about to rain daggers and runs away fr

  • Title: Going On Nine
  • Author: Catherine Fitzpatrick
  • ISBN: 9781939629128
  • Page: 245
  • Format: Paperback
  • A child swipes her mother s ring, snatches her sister s nightgown, and runs outside to play bride She soon loses the ring, rips the gown, correctly assumes it s about to rain daggers, and runs away from home to find a better family What happens next is a summer long journey in which Grace Townsend rides shotgun in a Plymouth Belvedere, and hunkers in the back of a raA child swipes her mother s ring, snatches her sister s nightgown, and runs outside to play bride She soon loses the ring, rips the gown, correctly assumes it s about to rain daggers, and runs away from home to find a better family What happens next is a summer long journey in which Grace Townsend rides shotgun in a Plymouth Belvedere, and hunkers in the back of a rattletrap vegetable truck, crawls into a crumbling tunnel, dresses up with a prom queen, and keeps vigil in the bedroom of a molestation victim There are reasons why Grace remembers the summer of 1956 for the rest of her life Those are just a few Through the eyes of a child and the mature woman she becomes, we make the journey with Grace and discover important truths about life, equality, family, and the soul searching quest for belonging.

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    • I may be a little predjudiced because I am friends with the author, but I really liked it. What a delightful romp through the 50's especially if you (as I am) were a child at that time. I grew up in MA and the main character, Gracie is from St Louis, but the atmosphere rang true. I really the way Catherine captured the mindset of a little girl of 8 going on 9 as she made her way through the neighborhood staying 1 night at each house over 1 summer. It's a charming and original premise.



    • Going on Nine by Catherine Underhill FitzpatrickCatherine Underhill FitzpatrickGoing on NineReview by Kathleen McElligott It was the summer of Grace’s quest for family; one different, but not necessarily better than her own. Catherine Fitzpatrick delivers a spot-on description of Grace Townsend and her life on Thistle Way in the mid-fifties. For baby-boomers it will elicit a wave of nostalgia; the polio scare, Crayola Crayons with 48 colors, the vegetable man, and the Easy Bake Oven. We meet [...]


    • Well, here I am again, learning a lesson from fiction! I had no idea when I first picked up GOING ON NINE by the marvelous writer Catherine Underhill Fitzpatrick that her main character Grace would teach me so much. I guess when publisher Familius hypes the book saying, “Discover important truths about life, equality, family, and the soul-searching quest for belonging in GOING ON NINE,” they’re telling the bare-faced truth! This week I’ve been thinking about Grace the Younger (we also me [...]


    • By reading Going on Nine by Catherine Fitzpatrick I was transported back to the summers of my own childhood. While this book is based in the 1950's, and my childhood wasn't until 30 years later, so many good memories came flooding back as I read this book."From the morning of my eighth birthday, I regarded myself as going on nine. By then, I had long since melded into the loose confederation of children who were essentially feral from apricot dawn to lavender dusk. Our world was Thistle Way, a n [...]


    • Mary Jo GoodwinFor those of us who grew up in the 50's and 60's, reading Going On Nine will be a delightful nostalgic journey. Who of us doesn't remember counting our half years as milestones? Grace Mitchell is a plucky, precocious eight year old going on nine, whose curiosity, wit and excellent memory of growing up in a loving family in St. Louis, will trigger many memories of your own childhood. Grace had the priceless opportunity to grow up in simpler times which gave her many opportunities t [...]


    • After reading her first book, A Matter of Happenstance (5 stars), I was eager to ready Catherine Fitzpatrick Underhill's sophomore effort. I'm thrilled to say that the wait was worth it and I poured through the book quickly because it was difficult to put down! The child's voice effectively conveys the thrill, innocence and joy of summer vacation, while the adult voice thoughtfully reflects on the lessons learned in retrospect. These stories brought opened a floodgate of memories back to my chil [...]


    • I grew up around this time ~ 60's & 70's & enjoyed reminiscing about how the 'simpler' life used to be. Great lesson about how the grass is never greener on the other side & although we all think we would trade our lives with someone else's & our families for someone else's, the truth is we are all right where we are meant to be & we are living our lives with the people we are meant to be with ~ the good, the bad & the ugly. The sooner we realize that, the greater the ble [...]


    • Couldn't put this book down. I highly recommend it for all you Baby Boomers. It's a walk down memory lane that captures the freedom of being a child while living in a neighborhood filled with kids, always ready to push the limits, and the inside scoop of the family's that raised them, told through the eyes of Grace, eight going on nine. Grace's summer experiences, living two nights with each of the neighbors, is sure to pull at your heartstrings. You will laugh. You will cry.


    • Loved it! Set in the summer of '56 this coming of age novel harkens back to other favorites such as To Kill a Mockingbird and the Cape Ann. The story's narrator is an irresistible, tough character. As an adult she reflects on the summer she spent learning about her small neighborhood and the lives her neighbors lead behind their closed doors. Part heartbreaking, part funny, easily relatable, this gem truly illustrates just how messy and full life can be.


    • I loved this book! The main character , Grace leads you back into a time when a simpler life was a good life. She learns so many life lessons during her summer before she turned nine. This book had me laughing and crying and hooked from the very beginning!


    • A fun trip down memory lane for boomers made more fun for those of us in St. Louis because of all of the local references.


    • What a trip down memory lane and from the perspective of a little girl in the sociology of the 1950s. LOVED living on Thistle Way with Grace and her neighborhood dynamics.





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