Author: Eagle, Judith
Penelope Magnificent spends as little time as possible with her awful parents-a grocery-mogul father and a fashion-obsessed mother who loves expensive purses more than she does her daughter. But when they mention an important trip to Paris, Nell begs to come along. Paris holds something very dear to her: her old au pair Perrine-Pear-who lives there. With the help of a savvy bellboy named Xavier, Nell sets out from her parents' ultra-fancy Parisian hotel to find her beloved Pear.
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Booklist - 03/15/2022 Life has been bleak for Nell since her horrid so-called parents packed her off to boarding school at the age of seven and dismissed Pear, her beloved au pair, who left England and returned to France. Accompanying her parents to Paris, 12-year-old Nell is determined to find Pear, who has mysteriously disappeared. Uneasy but not disheartened, Nell strikes out on her own, hoping to move in with Pear. Along the way, she befriends several French children who introduce her to the maze of dark tunnels beneath the city. Meanwhile, a second mystery arises: who is behind the inexplicable outbreak of spores that are ruining the city’s famous bread and shutting down one small, family-run bakery after another? Set in 1969, the engaging story revolves around Nell and her new allies, who recognize a kindred spirit and try to help her, just as she extends herself to help them. An assortment of villainous adults and several kind ones round out the cast of characters while occasional black-and-white drawings illustrate this fast-paced, enjoyable mystery. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.