Thursday, July 10, 2008


Paris is forced to take piano lessons from Mrs. Rosen with her older brother as chaperone. Paris is sassy while Mrs. Rosen is funny and a great storyteller. The strong willed twosome form a unique friendship over stories of the Holocaust, pre-war Europe and her brother Michael. But when Paris innocently wears a yellow star, given to her by Mrs. Rosen, to school, a chain reaction is set off.

This is a beautifully written and moving novel about one young girl making sense of life. Vive La Paris by Esme Raji Codell is for mature middle school readers due to the topics presented in the novel, deaths, teenage pregnancy, etc.

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