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The Road to Paris

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Paris has just moved in with the Lincoln family, and 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...more
Hardcover, 153 pages
Published October 5th 2006 by G. P. Putnam's Sons
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L11-Sharri Moses
Paris is a young girl trying to figure out what home means. Paris and her brother Malcolm, were sent to live in a foster home. Malcolm was her protector and closest companion unitl they were separated into two different foster homes. Paris is sent to live with the Lincoln family. Malcolm is sent to a group home. Paris doesn’t believe this will be a good place for her. The Lincolns slowly win Paris over by being kind to her and making her feel included in their family. She meets a girl, named Ash...more
Coretta Scott King Honor Book 2007

This book is about the foster care system, it shows some good points and bad points. The story opens with Paris and her brother, Malcolm, running away from a foster home where she has been abused. They stop at their grandmother’s house, but she is not interested in raising two more children so calls Child Services and Malcolm is sent to a group home and Paris goes to the Lincoln’s. At the Lincoln’s, Paris doesn’t know what to expect. She finds herself learning a...more
The story of a biracial girl surviving the foster care system. It's a short and somewhat simplistic story, but I think that's part of the magic. It shows what foster care is actually like and some of the fears and worries of children involved. There's an intriguing faith element and it's encouraging that everyone is not what they seem (there are no good people or bad people).

The time of the setting is never given, though I'd guess it's the 1970s-1980s based on the lack of technology and the seem...more
Kayla Grant
I thought this book was adventurous because of it's outcomes. This book relates to many kids who live in foster homes which gave me a different in site of other people's lives.
Paris has been to many foster homes because of her mother who was addicted to alcohol. Paris and her brother Malcolm ran away to their grandmother's house because they were abused. Their grandmother only agreed to keep them for a few days which disappointed them. When they were picked up and seperated which broke Paris' s...more
Honor winner of the Coretta Scott King for writing.

Paris's life has its ups and downs, but her brother has remained a constant. Unfortunately, they're put into a bad foster home, and Malcolm determines they must run away, and to do so, he steals some money from the family. They run to their grandmother's, but are separated, and Paris is alone for the first time in her life. She is sent to live with the Lincolns, one of the few black families in Ossining, and much of the book is about her adjustm...more
Becky Tilton
Plot summary: A young girl named Paris is bounced around between foster families and her birthmother who is an alcoholic.This book could be considered a biblio theraputic novel, because it deals with foster homes. Torn away from her older brother, Paris must live with a new foster family. After a period of adjustment, Paris begins to think of the Lincoln family as her own. The young girl must face a tough decision to return to her birth mother or to remain with the Lincolns. This book faces many...more
The Road To Paris follows Paris Richmond as she and her brother bounce from one dysfunctional foster home to the next. The description of the abuse they suffer, the awful knowledge that their flesh and blood grandmother returns them to foster care and the terrible moment when Paris is separated from her brother, her only protector, are hard to read. Knowing that she is entering her next foster home with the history she has makes the reader as afraid for her as she is for herself. She is unsure o...more
The book holds promise with its dramatic start: “Ask Paris if a phone call can be deadly. She’ll tell you. She learned the truth of it that night.” Unfortunately, the book fails to deliver.

About a year ago, Paris and her brother had run away from a foster home. There, the foster mother regularly beat her up. The children’s mother is still alive. They even have a living grandmother, but neither want the responsibility of raising two children. If these circumstances don’t create enough woe, the ch...more
Favor Ogu
I loved this one. I just LOVED it. It's one of those oh-so-magical books for me. Proof that an author can weave faith into fiction.

What is it about? Paris and her brother, Malcolm, have been abandoned by their mom. They've been placed in a foster home together, but it's not a good match. It's an abusive situation. So Paris and Malcom run away to their grandmother's house. Unfortunately, she's only willing or only able to keep them a few days. Just until a new placement can be found. The good ne...more

Number of Pages: 160

Grade Level/Age: 9-12 years



Paris Richmond and her brother, Malcolm, have been sent from one awful foster home to another. The last one was the worst though. This was the last straw for Malcolm! After he couldn't stand hearing his sister be beat any longer, he robbed their foster mother and the two of them ran away. They made it all the way to their grandmother's house; only to find that she didn't want anything to do with them either. The next thi...more
Gina Saenz
Nov 11, 2013 Gina Saenz added it
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The Road to Paris by Nikki Grimes
Realistic Fiction
This is a story about family struggles, family bonds and faith. Paris (8) and Malcolm (10) struggle in a home with an alcoholic depressed mother. Paris and Malcolm are taken away by CPS and placed into a foster home where they endure beatings and neglect. They run away from the foster home and into the arms of their grandmother who refuses to take care of them. Forced back into the system the siblings are separated. Paris ends up in a home where...more
Paris and her brother Malcolm have seen their share of foster homes...some good, some bad. Viola, their birth mother, is an alcoholic and can't care for her children properly.

When Paris and Malcolm are staying with the Boones, Paris is repeatedly beaten for things she has no control over. Malcolm is beside himself with worry for Paris and decides it is time to run away. They run to Grandma's house, but in the end, she does not want to care for the kids and calls the Child Welfare Agency. At thi...more
Becky Birtha
For 10 year old Paris Richmond, being biracial hasn't been easy, nor have the experiences of neglect and abandonment that have led to her and her brother Malcolm's being placed in foster care. Now she's having to balance between two families-- the Lincolns' busy household in idyllic Ossining New York, and her divided original family-- with Malcolm in a group home, and their mother perhaps still drinking and taking up with new men, but missing Paris. Despite Paris's painful past, readers who have...more
Giavonna Turner
This book was about a 8 year old girl named Paris Richmond.
Paris is a foster child who faces challenges being biracial in a predominantly white neighborhood in Queens, New York.
Paris has no family except for her older brother Malcolm who is also a foster child.
To get away from the troubles of foster care and their cruel caretaker Mrs.Boone Paris and her brother runaway to their grandmothers' house in Washington Heights.
While Paris is sleeping her grandmother calls a social worker to take away P...more
Feb 26, 2008 Rena` rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Rena` by: My best ex best friend keiana
Paris has just moved in with the Lincoln family, and 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.
Nikki Grimes has...more
Mike Boyle
Feb 16, 2009 Mike Boyle rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 3rd grade and up
Paris is a little girl who has been a victim of an alcoholic mother (Viola) an absent father and abusive foster homes. Paris and Malcolm, her brother, escape from an abusive foster family only to be separated shortly after arriving at their grandmothers by the Children’s Services. Paris is eventually placed with the Lincoln’s in Ossining, a predominately white neighborhood. While in Ossining, Paris joins the church choir and finds she has a gift for singing. Paris finally started feeling like sh...more
The Road to Paris is a heartwarming (and at times heart wrenching) story about Paris, a young girl in foster care. The book opens with Paris sitting down to dinner with her foster family and receiving a phone call from her biological mom. Grimes then goes back and tells the reader the story of Paris and how she came to be where she is. It's an interesting look at foster care, however and more importantly, this novel is a character study. I did feel that Paris developed and healed in a relatively...more
Jun 26, 2009 Anna rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: middle grades girls
I had high expectations for this book and it was kind of underwhelming. I thought the overall story was very interesting and Paris was a likable protagonist but the character development was pretty weak and the story felt rushed. The whole thing could have been more fleshed out. Extra details about Paris' experiences and emotions would have helped to amke this a much stronger story. I wanted to know more about the relationships she built with her foster family. I also felt like I didn't understa...more
Kate Hastings
Feb 16, 2014 Kate Hastings rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Grades 4-8, foster families, adoption, bi-racial
RL 700. Nine year-old Paris has been shuffled from one foster family to another with her brother until the most recent abusive family causes them to run to their grandmother's house. Paris is then separated from her brother and placed in a home with the Lincoln family, one of 3 African-American families in the small town. There, Paris learns how to trust people and what a stable family feels like. Most importantly, she learns to keep God in her pocket and to judge people by their actions rather...more
Sep 22, 2007 Cheryl rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: girls ages 8-14
The young girl, Paris, has been mistreated at several foster homes and then finally, she comes to live with the Lincolns in
Ossining, New York. They have two boys and another foster daughter and they bring her into their lives. She is suspicious at first, but she learns to trust and love this new family. She goes to church with them and with God's help, overcomes many fears in her life. Then her mother calls and
wants her to come back and live with her and her new husband.
She gets to decide. Sh...more
Nov 27, 2008 Claire rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 10 and up
The story opens with Paris and her brother Malcolm running away from a nasty foster home. Desperate, Malcolm takes enough money from a purse to buy a train ticket to their grandmother. This act brands Malcolm as incorrigible and he is placed in a group home. Paris is sent off to the Lincoln family without Malcolm for the first time in her life. The Lincoln's must earn each fearful step that Paris makes toward joining their family. Paris does make a niche for herself and warm place for the Lincol...more
I thought this book was absolutley excellent! I read it in one day. I could not put it down. I think the audience for this book would be 4th-7th grade. I think that students would be very interested in reading about the main character and her struggles as she is placed with different families. They may be able to relate to living with different relatives or families and have felt the same struggles that Paris felt. There are also some funny moments in the book that may lighten the mood because t...more
Andrea Sanchez
I would love for there to be a sequel. This way I know if everything turned out alright, or not. Very educational book.
This book reminds me of this year's One for the Murphys in several ways. It is very straightforward, and while it might just seem like a chronology of a year of school, many little things happen that add up to larger things occurring. I liked the fact that Paris felt like she could confide in her foster mother, Mrs. Lincoln, and developed love for a no-nonsense parent. I listened to the audio version, and felt as though I got to know Paris fairly well. Still, she is a child who has many conflict...more
Paris is an 8 year old girl, who is going to a new foster home. She and her brother Malcom ran away from their last foster home because the family was mean. They sought help from their grandmother who sent them away to live elsewhere. Malcom and Paris were split up. Paris ended up at the home of the Lincolns. This is a nice foster family who Paris eventually learns to trust and love. This is a decent book. It’s moving and you feel for Paris the entire time as she learns faith in herself and othe...more
I enjoyed this book well enough. It has a positive message about a girl learning about happiness and compromise. It has a bit too much magical thinking as problem solving tools for me to give it 4 stars.
Carrie Cox
Beautiful story of what makes a family through the eyes of a girl in foster care.
One of my favorite books for young adults is Bronx Masquerade, by Nikki Grimes. I credit Grimes to some extent for the poetry workshops and poetry slam work I’ve done at my school. So I was excited to pick up another of her books, since she usually writes picture books.

The Road to Paris is a gently told and pleasantly positive story. Paris is a foster kid who is separated from her brother and set to live with the Lincolns. The story moves fast but steady as the seasons. I loved the prose, and Pa...more
Student recommended
Jennifer Lavoie
Another book I am sad didn't make it onto the book list for school. The story follows Paris as she's moved to yet another foster home while her brother is sent to a boy's home. It was sad to see the two separated, but with her new family, Paris is able to find herself and grow. The book may be small, but it is complex and touches on many issues. I was a little disappointed with the ending, though. I felt like her story was just beginning, and it was cut off. I wanted to know more and follow her...more
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