Publishers Weekly Review
Eleven-year-old Nora is heartbroken when her Grandma Sylvia is killed suddenly in an accident. For as long as Nora can remember, Grandma Sylvia has regaled her with tales of Paris's magic, and they had always planned to travel there together. Then Nora discovers that Grandma Sylvia has left behind a stack of envelopes to be opened in Paris, a map, plane tickets, and a locked box (the key to which Nora is certain is in Paris). It takes some persuasion, but soon Nora is Paris-bound with her mother and teenage brother. With the help of her new British friend Phoebe, Nora follows Grandma Sylvia's letters on a treasure hunt that takes her from John-Paul Hévin's chocolate shop to the Musée de l'Orangerie. This love letter to the City of Light will have readers believing that everything's better in Paris. Schroeder (the Charmed Life series) lets the city's romance shine in a thoughtful story, laced with mystery and French vocabulary, about losing family and gaining individuality in a place where curiosity can bloom. Ages 8-12. Agent: Sarah Crowe, Harvey Klinger. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Booklist Review
For years, Nora has listened to her grandmother Sylvia, a fashion designer, reminisce about her frequent trips to Paris and dreamed about seeing the City of Light herself. Her grandmother promised to take her for her twelfth birthday, but a tragic car accident takes it all away until Nora finds three plane tickets and a treasure map of Paris, including seven sealed envelopes, among her grandmother's things. While Nora grieves for her grandmother, taking the trip seems the best way to honor her. It takes some pleading to get her mom on board, since she and Sylvia had a rocky relationship and Nora has always resented her for this, but she eventually agrees. Once in Paris, Nora tries to do the treasure hunt on her own, but it turns out that she can't complete it without her mother. The bittersweet circumstances of the Paris trip are offset by strong elements of wish fulfillment, including gowns and a fancy fashion show. This is a sweet, reassuring contemporary read about handling grief and reconnecting with family.--Hutley, Krista Copyright 2015 Booklist