Set in a small Midwest town in the late 1960s and helmed by an unforgettable young protagonist - compassionate, uncannily wise Grace - This I Know is a luminous coming-of-age story from an astonishing new voice.

Eleven-year-old Grace Carter has a talent for hiding things. She's had plenty of practice, burying thoughts and feelings that might anger her strict Evangelical pastor father, and concealing the deep intuition she carries inside. The Knowing, as Grace calls it, offers glimpses of people's pasts and futures. It enables her to see into the depth of her mother's sadness, and even allows Grace to talk to Isaac, her twin brother who died at birth. To her wise, loving Aunt Pearl, the Knowing is a family gift; to her daddy, it's close to witchcraft.

Grace can't see into someone's thoughts without their permission. But it doesn't take her special talent to know that her small community is harboring its share of secrets. A young girl has gone missing. Within Grace's own family too, the cracks are widening, as her sisters Hope, Joy, and Chastity enjoy the normal life that eludes Grace. It's Grace's kinship with other outsiders that keeps her afloat - Lyle, a gentle, homeless man, and Lola, a free-spirited new girl at school. But when her mother lapses into deep depression after bringing home a new baby, Grace will face a life-changing choice - ignore her gift and become the obedient daughter her father demands, or find the courage to make herself heard, even if it means standing apart . . .




Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"In this outstanding debut, Eldonna Edwards has created an enchanting, loveable narrator by the name of Grace Carter, who shares all she sees about her world and beyond. Rendered in a voice at once singular and exquisite and with an old soul sense of wisdom, I was captivated by this story of a girl and her unique gift, her love of family, the pain of loss, the sting of indifference, and the simple joy of acceptance, but most of all by Grace, and her purity of heart." - Donna Everhart

"Eldonna Edwards has crafted a compelling allegorical tale about the fear of otherness in thiscoming-of-age tale. Readers of all ages will find an unlikely hero in 11-year-old Grace Marie Carter—who was born with a type of clairvoyance she calls the ‘Knowing’—as she bravely forges her own path in a world that is constantly trying to silence her voice." - Amy Impellizzeri

"A heartfelt and beautifully crafted coming-of-age debut about a gifted, eleven-year-old girl attempting to find her place in a confusing world. This I Know shines, due in large part to narrator Grace, one of the most authentic and charming young characters I've come across in a long time. Don't miss this one." - Lesley Kagen

"Simply magical writing. Eldonna Edwards is a true storyteller. She tossed me straight into her book and there I stayed until the last word on the last page." - Cathy Lamb

"A remarkable, inspiring story about clairvoyance, faith, and opening your heart—and mind—to the truth. I will not soon forget Grace Carter, the young preacher’s daughter with a unique interpretation of the world. Her kindness, her resilience, and her gloriously quirky voice have me shouting to readers everywhere, ‘I love this book!’" - Barbara Claypole White


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Hardback Editions

June 2018 : USA Library Binding
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Title: This I Know (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic)
Author(s): Eldonna Edwards
ISBN: 1-4328-5134-9 / 978-1-4328-5134-7 (USA edition)
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Title: This I Know
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April 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: This I Know
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April 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: This I Know
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Title: This I Know
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