The Great Gracie Chase: Stop that Dog!

By : Cynthia Rylant

For Ages:

13 - 18

As a child in West Virginia, Cynthia Rylant never dreamed of becoming a writer. In her free time, she devoured Archie comic books and paperback romances and enjoyed the outdoors. But after taking one college English class, she was, hooked on great writing& I didn t know about this part of me until I went to college-didn t know I loved beautiful stories. And one night, inspired by the Southern writer James Agee, she sat down and wrote When I Was Young in the Mountains. Named a Caldecott Honor Book and an ALA Notable Book, it was an instant success. Since that night, Rylant hasn t stopped creating wonderful books. Her stories explore friendship, love, grief, and other mysteries, and often draw on her memories of growing up in Appalachia. I get a lot of personal gratification thinking of those people who don t get any attention in the world and making them really valuable in my fiction-making them absolutely shine with their beauty. She lives with her many pets in the Pacific Northwest.


  • Genre: Fiction
  • Lexile Measure: AD410L
  • ISBN: 9780590100410
  • Age Level: 13 - 18
  • Format: Hardcover