Excerpt from Elizabeth Winthrop’s “Counting on Grace”

This novel about a 12-year-old mill worker was inspired by a Lewis Hine photograph.

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Arthur's desk is hooked up to mine and he never moves a muscle 'cepting his lips when he's reading. That's why Miss Lesley likes him the best. It's not only 'cause he's the best reader. It's 'cause he's a sitter and the rest of us are hoppers, jumpers, fidgeters. Arthur's twelve too, but he's four months older than me. I can read just as good as him so long as I can move around at the same time.

I go on." 'He could not accept with asshur—' "

"Assurance," Miss Lesley says. "That means he could not believe. Henry, sit up and listen. Your sister's reading a story."

I finish the sentence. " '. . . he was about to mingle in one of those great affairs of the earth.' "

"Thank you, Grace. Please sit now. What do you think that means? Class?"

Arthur's hand goes up. Miss Lesley nods at him.

"The youth's going to be in a war."

"How do you know that?"

"I read ahead."

Arthur always reads ahead.


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