The Grateful Girl

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Lucy’s parents never said ‘no’, not once. They never asked her to work for anything, to do any chores, to care for anything. So she had grown up ungrateful, taking everything for granted. It wasn’t that she was particularly selfish or unthinking; it was just that she didn’t know any better. Then strange things started to happen.
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Words: 3,990
Language: Commonwealth English
ISBN: 9781301682102
Tags: short story
About Mark Douglas Stafford

Mark’s early years were spent building cubbyhouses, writing computer software on some of the world’s first computers and blowing up things in the garage.
After high school he began with a teaching degree and finished with a business degree. He established then sold his first business in 2005 after which he embarked on a career in senior management, running various technology companies in cutting-edge fields.
He has completed courses at the Sydney Writers’ Centre.
Mark has written six novels and a raft of short stories about talking mattresses and trees that grow money instead of leafs. Mark writes particularly for the children’s and young-adult segment but his highly imaginative and original stories are enjoyed by readers of all ages.
He won 'Highly Commended' in The Port Stephens Examiner Literature Awards 2013 for his short story 'The Interview'.
He draws inspiration from the fables of Gabriel García Márquez, Oscar Wild and Hector Hugh Munro. As an aficionado of science fiction he is especially fond of the classics, like Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Series which harks back to a time when it was still fashionable to be optimistic about the future.
He is excruciatingly happily married and lives in the hills of northern Sydney, Australia with his wife and four rambunctious children, all of whom are fierce book critics; which helps.

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Review by: haani qureshi on Oct. 29, 2013 :
Greatest writer in the world.
KEEP IT UP STAFFORD :)
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Review by: Owen Higgins on Oct. 15, 2013 :
I’m sucker for a good yarn and I couldn't help myself writing up this review to say how impressed I am with The Grateful Girl. I read it over a few nights with my two kids (9 and 11 years). They loved it too. We’re now some of Mark Stafford’s newest fans. This story has a poignant central message that challenged us to appreciate what we have, rather than just always wanting more. The main character, a young girl, learns an important lesson the hard way but I won’t say more. You should read it for yourself; I can’t recommend it highly enough.
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Review by: Laura Santos on Oct. 15, 2013 :
My students love this short story when I read it out to them. It’s a charming tale about a girl living in Sydney, Australia. She has everything but doesn't value it because she’s never known anything else or had to work for anything. Then it’s all taken away (I won’t say how… no spoilers here!) and ends up with nothing but the clothes on her back. My students had a lively discussion about prosperity and poverty, haves and have nots etc. following the reading. I know some of them downloaded and read some of Stafford’s other books over the next few days. I really like his style. The other short stories in the This is Better than Collection are good too.
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