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 Paris for two
 Author: Stone, Phoebe


 Publisher:  Scholastic
 Pub Year: 2016

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 257 p.,  20 cm.

 BTSB No: 857376 ISBN: 9780545443623
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Subjects:
 Sisters -- Fiction
 Fashion design -- Fiction
 Mother-daughter relationship -- Fiction
 Family life -- France -- Paris -- Fiction
 Dolls -- Fiction
 Self-confidence -- Fiction
 Paris (France) -- Fiction
 France -- Fiction

Price: $19.81

Summary:
Twelve-year-old Petunia is used to living in the shadow of her fourteen-year-old half-sister, Ava, their mother's favorite, but now that the whole family has moved to Paris for a year, Pet finds herself stepping into the light, making new friends, uncovering secrets, and, inspired by the classic French dolls she has found, revealing an unexpected talent for designing dresses--and her beautiful sister does not take it well.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.50
   Points: 8.0   Quiz: 181995
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 4.30
   Points: 13.0   Quiz: 68503

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (02/15/16)
   Booklist (05/01/16)
 The Hornbook (00/03/16)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 05/01/2016 Petunia and her family have moved to Paris for a year, but culture shock—not to mention her perfect older sister—threatens to eclipse Pet. Haunted by spectacular failures to impress Windel, her crush, she is dismayed to find that he is also in Paris. But when Pet discovers an exquisite doll dress in an old armoire, she meets Collette, the elderly concierge. Collette slowly reveals the dress’ history and her own tragic past. Throughout the book, Pet finds solace in designing and sewing clothes, despite her sister’s scorn and mother’s disapproval. Her sewing leads to a fashion design contest for young expats, to a dramatic confrontation between the sisters, and, eventually, to Windel. The writing can be uneven, by turns lyrical and stilted, and while Pet and her father are well-developed, her mother, sister, and background characters never fully leave the page. Still, the unfolding story of Collette’s tragedy and the upcoming fashion show, plus humorous moments surrounding Windel, pull the reader through to a satisfying, if unsurprising, conclusion. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.

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