Monday, February 12, 2007

Vive La Paris, by Esme Raji Codell

Continuing with the same semi-autobiographical setting as Sahara Special, we now shift focus to the story of Paris, who is dealing with a brother who keeps letting himself get bullied by a girl in Paris's class. And Paris also has an eye-opening introduction to history throug piano lessons with a Holocaust survivor.

While this book does not carry the novelty value of either Sahara Special or the autobiographical Educating Esme, it is still a special story. It is made a bit more poignant than its predecessors by the decision to bring up the Holocaust (a hot topic of discussion not so long ago on the CCBC list). Throughout, we get an admirable respect for life and education. A winner!

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