We bought her first book at Barnes and Noble yesterday and finished it today.
Actually, Cora bought it and Charlotte stole it and devoured it.
Addy took the pictures with Cora's iPhone.
(It's funny how the phone has a better camera than the actual camera we have photographed most every other post with!)
Anywho, we were told that there is the need for a book critique by an avid AG fan.
So here we go:
Grace Thomas is an eager nine-year-old who loves baking and miraculously finds her way to Paris, France to visit her pregnant aunt and step-cousin, Sylvie (such a cute name!). But Grace initially wants to stay home and run a business with her friends, Maddy and Ella. Grace also wants to celebrate her grandparents' bakery's anniversary--thirty years in business!
But she reluctantly goes to France (I say this in all honesty) and has a horrible beginning in the first few weeks. She messes up at her new home with her lack of knowledge about the French language and with Silent Sylvie. She messes up at the Patisserie (her uncle's French bakery) and causes a manhunt when she gets lost in the City...
...But, she turns things around: She meets Colette, the baker-intern at the patisserie. She befriends Bonbon, a lovable stray that she first calls Petite Chienne (little dog). She rides her bike around the city while her mother trains for a half-marathon. She sings with a busker on Bastille Day (July 14th of each year) and visits Versailles, the former home of 18th century Queen Marie-Antoinette and King Louis XVI. The novel closes with her returning home to Massachusetts, along with a special friend.
The book was written by Mary Casanova, who has also written Jess (GOTY 2006), Chrissa and Chrissa Stand Strong (GOTY 2008).
We here at AGC would strongly recommend the book, which is well worth its $9.99 price tag!