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The Mystery in the Forbidden City (Greetings from Somewhere) Paperback – August 5, 2014
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Pre-order today
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About the Author
Harper Paris loves to travel. Her favorite cities in the world are Paris (like her name!) and New York City. She has collected many souvenirs on her travels, including a good-luck coin from Japan and a reindeer-horn pendant from Sweden. She also loves mysteries. When she was a kid, she read Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books after bedtime with a flashlight. She now lives with her family (including two cats and a bunny, who are not good travelers) in Ithaca, New York.
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The Mystery in the Forbidden City
Homesick in Beijing
“I miss Grandpa Harry’s waffles,” Ella Briar said with a pout.
“I miss the blueberry muffins from Petunia Bakery,” her brother, Ethan, added.
The twins frowned at their plates, which were piled high with fried rice, pickled vegetables, and some foods they didn’t recognize. The Briar family was having breakfast at their hotel, the Beijing Imperial. The large dining room was decorated with red and gold furniture and paintings of swirly dragons.
“But, kids, we’re having an eating adventure!” their dad, Andrew, said as he reached for his chopsticks. “Check out those delicious-looking bao!”
“Our neighbor Mrs. Chen used to make bao when I was growing up,” their mom, Josephine, said with a smile. “My favorites were the ones with sweet beans in them. They tasted like little cakes!”
Ella picked up a bao and bit into it carefully. The steamed bun was warm and soft on the outside and filled with sweet barbecued meat inside. It was actually really good.
She still missed Grandpa Harry’s waffles, though. He always decorated them with chocolate-chip smiley faces. Ella missed everything and everyone back in Brookeston. She knew Ethan did too.
The Briars had been traveling around the world for more than a month now. The reason for their big trip was Mrs. Briar’s job. The Brookeston Times newspaper had hired her to write a travel column, Journeys with Jo!
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Couldn't find 2, 8 & 9 here so I ordered online from Amazon.
I got her to underline words she did not know... she's matching the cover colour with the colour pencil. So we discuss the pronunciation and meaning. She also summarizes the stories verbally for me.
Wished it sold as set/sets. But still reasonably priced.
So we have 1-9. Got 1-3 "Race the Wild".... Both educational books for children with international span. Looking into "Critters Club" as she loves animals. Don't want to be without the next read.