March 10, 2021

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My name is Blaise Fortune and I am a citizen of the French Republic. It's the pure and simple truth. I was almost twelve years old the day the customs officers found me in the back of the truck.
The Road to Paris
Nikki Grimes

The Road to Paris

By: Nikki Grimes
Recommended for grade(s): 5, 6

A Coretta Scott King Honor Book Paris has just moved in with the Lincoln family, and she isn't thrilled to be in yet another foster home. She has a tough time trusting people, and she misses her brother, who's been sent to a boys' home. Over time, the Lincolns grow on Paris. But no matter how hard she tries to fit in, she can't ignore the feeling that she never will, especially in a town that's mostly white while she is half black. It isn't long before Paris has a big decision to make about where she truly belongs.  Coretta Scott King Honor Book 2007. --from Penguin.

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Anna and the French Kiss
Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss

By: Stephanie Perkins
Recommended for grade(s): 8

Anna is less than thrilled to be shipped off to boarding school in Paris, leaving a fledgling romance behind – until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all...including a girlfriend. But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with a longed-for French kiss? -- From Usborne Publishing Ltd

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A Time of Miracles
Anne-Laure Bondoux

A Time of Miracles

By: Anne-Laure Bondoux
Recommended for grade(s): 8, 9, 10

Blaise Fortune, also known as Kouma•l, loves hearing the story of how he came to live with Gloria in the Republic of Georgia: Gloria ran to the site of a train accident where she found an injured woman who asked Gloria to take her baby. The woman, Gloria says, was French, and the baby was Blaise. When Blaise turns seven years old, the Soviet Union collapses, and it's then that Gloria decides she and Blaise must flee. They make their way westward on foot, heading toward France, where Gloria says they will find safe haven. During their five-year journey across the Caucasus and Europe as they encounter other refugees searching for a better life, Blaise grows from a boy into an adolescent. However, it's only as a young man can Blaise attempt to untangle his identity. --From the website at Penguin Random House

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All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See

By: Anthony Doerr
Recommended for grade(s): 10, 11, 12, College Plus

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure's reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum's most valuable and dangerous jewel. In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure's converge. National Book Award Finalist. —from the website of Simon & Schuster

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