Schroeder, Lisa My Secret Guide to Paris, 216 p. Scholastic Press, 2015. $16.99. Language: G Swears 0, “f” 0); Mature Content: G; Violence: G;
Nora has always dreamed of visiting Paris, because of her dear Grandma Sylvia’s stories. When her grandma passes away unexpectedly Nora wonders if she will ever visit the City Of Lights. While cleaning out her Grandma’s apartment, she finds not only plane tickets to Paris but also an amazing scavenger hunt adventure she and her mother must do together. Once in Paris the real adventure begins. Many surprises take place to help them realize Grandma Sylvia was trying to help them grow closer and to heal.
This is a darling, clean and innocent book, which was refreshing. The main struggle was the grandmother and daughter relationship. They had been estranged for years. I felt like without it being too heavy, the author did a good job of helping a younger audience to maybe understand why adults can have issues and that they need help sometimes to work through pain. I loved this little book. It was very simple but so pleasant to read. The places on the hunt are all real so that made the book become like a mini travel guide. The author made it fun and exciting to read about each adventure and it brought Paris to life.
EL – ADVISABLE. MAH