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The Road to Paris

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  734 ratings  ·  146 reviews
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
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
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
Pilar Johnson
This story is about a young girl named Paris who has just moved in with the Lincoln family, and isn't really excited to in this same situation again, being in another foster home. She has some serious trust issues that she is learning how to deal with, and she misses her brother Malcolm, who's also been sent away to a boy’s home. Over time, the Lincolns relationship with Paris begins to blossom. But no matter how hard she tries to be cool and like everyone else in town, she can't deny the fact ...more
Clara Hamilton
This book is about a girl named Paris, who is a foster child. Her mother does not want her, but occasionally takes her in. She and her brother Malcolm have been through hard times together, but finally, they want to separate them. Paris is taken to a new family, the Lincolns and she is afraid they will be like all foster families, Drunks, abusers, or worse. However, as they prove her wrong, she learns a lot about herself and her family.

The theme of the book is home, and recovery.

I would give thi
Kaley Robinson
Paris is a girl who is transitioning between different foster homes. At first Paris lives with her mom who lives with abusive men who are alcoholics like her mom. Paris is first put in a foster home, along with her brother, in a house were they are more abused than when they lived with their mom. Paris finally ends up at a house where she is cared for and she learns to heal and become into the girl she's never had a chance to be. This book had tears in my eyes when Paris would explain her inner ...more
Parker Lewis
This book is a story about the adventure of a young girl and her relationship with her brother and family. Her and her brother are forcefully split apart and forced to go through the foster system. Paris finally finds a family, the Lincoln family, who treats her like part of their family. However, Paris has a tough decision to make later on in her life on whether to go back with her mother who abandoned her but be able to see Malcolm who she extremely misses or to stay with the Lincoln family wh ...more
This novel tells the story of a girl that has never known a place to be called home. Paris and her brother are in the foster care system and have run away from their abusive foster family. When they get separated, Paris is placed with a nice family that shows her home for the first time. When she finally gets comfortable with where and who she is with, she gets a life changing call from her birth-mother and has to make a decision that could define the rest of her life.
The theme of this novel is
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
Cindy Mittendorfer
This book was a brilliant novel about a young girl who was in the foster care system. Nobody seemed to want her and she bounced from foster home to foster home with her brother. Eventually they were separated and Paris ended up with a very nice foster family. This novel takes you through Paris's life journey and the many obstacles that go along with foster care. The theme of this book is homelessness. I would use this book in my classroom to teach the students about foster care systems and show ...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
Carson Gill
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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
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
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

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
Gina Saenz
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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
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
Rachel Dawson
The Road to Paris by Nikki Grimes is a great book for young adolescents in the mid-level grades. The author tells the story of a young girl and her struggles of being in foster homes where she was abused and then trying to adapt to her new life after being placed in The Lincoln's home without her brother. After she has finally adjusted to her new home her mother comes back into her life and Paris is asked to make a difficult decision. This book would make a great addition to not only your person ...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
Really good story, BAD ENDING. I'll tell you, a book's end can either make or break the story, and this one was a total cop-out. I went through all that emotional turmoil only for Paris to ship off to her mom's apartment leaving so many questions unanswered?! I refuse to believe it. I'm going to pretend she stayed with the Lincolns and lived happily ever after. My emotions deserve better than this.
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
Catherine Sandusky
The Road to Paris is about a young girl named Paris and her experience in the foster care system. It touches on themes of racism, family dynamics, poverty, alcoholism, and abuse. This novel would be helpful for young readers to gain a perspective on what children in the foster care system go through, as well as what it is like to grow up in an unfamiliar home.
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
I fell in love with the title and the cover picture of a young girl holding lavender lilacs. It is a good story of two kids in foster care and how they find family and friends. A simple story, yet rich with meaning. The girls at Remann Hall love it and always ask for more books by Nikki Grimes.
Surprisingly good YA story, I'd say somewhere in the grade 7-9 range, but it gives a frank, honest look at the life of a young girl in foster care, that hits issues like trauma, separation anxiety, divorce, alcoholism, and more. Well-written, doesn't hold back, a solid story I'll be glad to have in my classroom library.
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
Aron Wagner
Interesting premise, bland writing style. I'll probably still stock it in my classroom because I think the story itself might really speak to my students in foster care, but I will be pushing copies of "Brown Girl Dreaming" into the hands of most of my middle schoolers instead.
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
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“The foster home they were leaving was no place to be. The mother, Mrs. Boone, slapped Paris around every time her real daughter did something that called for punishment....After each beating, the daughter, Lisa, would swear she had no clue how her mama got the mistaken notion that Paris was the one who'd smashed a favorite vase, or stained the kitchen tablecloth, or whatever. My name is Paris, not Stupid, Paris would say to herself.” 0 likes
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