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The Road to Paris Paperback – January 10, 2008
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Grade 5-7–For eight-year-old Paris Richmond, home was such a funny word. Because she and her older brother had moved from one foster home to another so often, it had come to mean not a place but a person. Malcolm was the one constant in her life. When they run away from an abusive home, they seek refuge with their grandmother, who returns them to the foster-care system. It is then that the siblings are placed in separate homes. Though Paris desperately misses Malcolm during her year with the Lincoln family, she gradually comes to trust them and even her own instincts. She gains coping skills through a newfound religious faith and the talent to share it through music. Her ability to keep God in her pocket allows her to overcome fears and difficulty. Her convictions allow her to endure inexcusable prejudice and malice as well as recognize the beauty and kindness around her. A poignant and plausible story, Paris is well crafted and simply but elegantly told. Even secondary characters are well drawn and recognizable as they grow, mature, and propel readers to a satisfying, hopeful, though not pat conclusion. Readers will pull for a successful life for Paris and Malcolm as they reunite with their mother and her new husband. They are also confident that Paris now knows what and where home really is.–Maria B. Salvadore, formerly at Washington DC Public Library
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Gr. 4-7. In clear, short chapters, Grimes tells a beautiful story of family, friendship, and faith from the viewpoint of a child in search of home in a harsh world. Nine-year-old Paris' closest bond is with her older brother, Malcolm, who protects her when their alcoholic mother has no use for them and when they flee their abusive foster home. Then Paris is placed in a loving foster family, but the price is separation from Malcolm. What is more, as a biracial kid in a mainly white neighborhood, it's difficult for her to find a friend, and the racism is ugly. Her foster brother tells her to keep God in her pocket, something she never forgets, even when she must leave because her birth mother wants "to give this family thing another go." The big upheavals are quietly told; and although God is Paris' support, the religion is not didactic. The foster family is kind but never idealized, just as Paris' birth mother is not demonized. In one hilarious scene, Paris tricks the self-important therapist, and it is the human story behind the case file that readers will remember. Hazel Rochman
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The main setting of the story is the Lincoln home. The Lincolns have lived in their home for many years. It is old and filled with love. Paris finds comfort in the Lincoln house because she feels protected. I imagine the Lincoln home as cozy and comforting.
The main problem in the story is the decision Paris has to make. Paris is not sure whether to stay with the Lincolns or go home and live with Malcolm. She loves the Lincolns but if she does not go home she may never see Malcolm again. On the other hand if she lives with Malcolm she may never see the Lincolns again. How Paris choose between her true family and the first family that made her feel as if she belonged?