Just Grace and the Terrible Tutu

Just Grace and the Terrible Tutu: Excerpt


Best friends can be full of surprises. I already knew that, but sometimes even knowing something doesn’t mean it still can’t surprise you when it happens. That’s why I was 100 percent surprised when Mimi said she had been keeping a secret from me and wanted me to read a special letter. Even though I had to go to the bathroom I sat right down with the letter. Some things can be more important than nature—plus I’m kind of an expert at holding it.

Dear New Sister,

I can hardly wait to meet you. I am so, so, so, so excited! Mom and Dad said I had to not tell anyone about you but my brain was about to explode so they finally said I could tell Grace. Yay! But she has to promise to not tell the world—which of course she can do, because she is a good secret keeper.

Grace is my best friend in the whole world, and guess what? She lives right next door, so when you get here you can see her every day just like I do. You have to call her Grace, though, and not Just Grace like they do at school. They only do that because when Miss Lois, our teacher, was naming the four Graces in the class, she got confused and named Grace that by accident.

Grace is great—for sure you are going to like her. Mom and Dad are pretty nice too. They sometimes have rules but I am sure you will get used to them and not mind so much. Mom is really good at reading bedtime stories and Dad is an expert swimmer. When you get old enough you can hold on to his back and he will dive up and down like a dolphin. It’s really fun, but first you will have to know how to hold your breath and blow bubbles. You might have to get some lessons for that.

Mom said I get to pick out some fun stuff for your room. I can’t wait to make it super cute for you.

There are some boys, Max and Sammy, that live near here too, but you don’t have to play with them if you don’t want to.

Lots of love,

Your new big sister,



P.S. The boys don’t live in our house, but you might see them in the yard sometimes.