Gracie's Guide

Gracie Says No to Smoking

Children - Grade 4th-6th
32 Pages
Reviewed on 03/19/2017
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Author Biography

Angie is a children's book author and a veteran teacher. She has received two Silver Mom's Choice Awards, a Gold Mom’s Choice Award, two Readers' Choice Award, and a London Book Festival award.

She received the 2016 Outstanding Contribution Award at the WV SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) for her new series, Gracie's Guides. There are five books in this set that cover the following topics: bullying, bike safety, staying positive, saying no to tobacco, and prescription drug safety.

Angie has two different children's book series. Her first book, Dori's Gift, is a part of her "Appalachian Heritage" series which is a collection of stories that bring the region to life as the reader travels back in time to a different era.

The second series is "Gracie's Mysteries, Super Spy Series". Gracie is a curious ten year old that loves nothing more than investigating around her neighborhood. The Mystery at Darcy's Discount Store tells of her first adventure where her inquisitive mind helps her solve a mystery at Darcy's store.

Although Angie stays busy writing and teaching, she can often be found traveling with her husband, Derek, a church consultant and minister. They enjoy visiting churches and meeting new people as they work together. She cherishes her children and grandchildren and loves spending time with them. Her greatest desire is to allow God to use her in every aspect of her life.

This book was written to help children learn to 'SAY NO' to smoking.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Barbara Fanson for Readers' Favorite

Gracie’s Guide: Gracie Says No to Smoking is a wonderful story of schoolgirls on a class trip, who are tempted, even pressured to try smoking. Author Angie Wilson has created a marvelous story that children and parents can relate to. Gracie and her BFF Kenzie are on a school bus, heading to a water park for a class trip. Suddenly Leah shows them a pack of cigarettes she had taken secretly from her mom. What should Gracie and Kenzie do? When they said they were allergic to cigarettes, Leah and her friend laughed and called them babies. Although the BFFs tried to avoid Leah all day, Leah pressured them into going to the washroom to try smoking. Although the teacher caught Leah, the main character, Gracie, felt proud that she had stood up to the bully. At the end of the book, there is a page offering several ways to say no to smoking and alcohol.

Gracie’s Guide: Gracie Says No to Smoking is a great combination of a wonderful story and beautiful illustrations, interesting activities, and a hidden message. Author Angie Wilson has developed a winning formula of a storyline with a hidden lesson. She even provides several positive messages on what to say to bullies who are pressuring you to try something. The book is divided into sections with word searches, crossword or Sudoku puzzles, scrambled words, and even a circular maze to engage readers. Illustrator Ashley Teets provides amazing illustrations, coloring pages, puzzles, and activities that work well in Gracie’s Guide: Gracie Says No to Smoking. I strongly encourage all teachers and parents to get this book for children to read.