Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman is a 3.5 on the Accelerated Reading leveling system. This story is about a young girl who desires to be an actress. She wants to be the lead role in the play Peter Pan at school. All of the students make fun of her and say she is the wrong color and she is a girl. After talking to her grandmother she realizes she can be anything she sets her mind to. This is a great story for the beginning of the year. It is also a good book for a unit on diversity. It teaches students that everyone is different and you can accomplish anything if you try and put your mind to it.