Wednesday, February 23, 2011

International Travel Week: Next Stop Paris

Bonjour mes amis,
Paris est la terre de l'amour, la cuisine fantastique et, bien sûr, la guillotine. Nous espérons que vous apprécierez notre voyage vers la ville des lumières!**

 **hello my friends,
Paris is the land of romance, fantastic cooking and, of course, the guillotine. We hope you will enjoy our trip to the city of lights!

No and Me by Delphine de Vigan
Lou has never had much luck making friends in her Parisian school. She has skipped two grades and on top of being the smallest kid in class, the popular girls won't even look at her. When they are assigned a presentation, Lou never expects that it will lead to a life-changing interview. Her topic is "homelessness" and talks to No, an 18 year old girl living on the streets of Paris. When the project is over Lou becomes determined to help No in any way she can. But this isn't a test Lou will be able to study for....
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Anna knows what she wants for her senior year: more of the same. She wants to fill her free time hanging out with her best friend and working at the movie theater with her crush. Instead, her father is sending her off to Paris (so that he can look cooler... thanks dad?) to go to the American school there. The rug is pulled out from under Anna and before she has time to get her feet back under her, her bag has been packed and she is off to boarding school.  At school she quickly falls in with a group of friends and one boy with an English accent, the best smile... and a girlfriend. This romantic tale will leave you hungering for croissants, chocolat chaud and a trip to Paris.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
This book is getting the major motion picture treatment with lots of big stars, so you'll want to read it to stay ahead of the curve. More than that, you'll want to read it because this is a beautiful book that sucks you into the illustrations on the first page and doesn't spit you out until you close the back cover. You'll take a trip to the mysterious world of Paris in 1931, where Hugo is scraping by as an orphan, repairing clocks from inside the walls of a Paris train station. When he befriends a mysterious toy maker who works at the train station, he takes the first steps of an adventure that he won't easily be able to complete.

For more international reads, stay tuned to the blog this week. Also, check out our lists!

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