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The Road to Paris
by Nikki Grimes
by Nikki Grimes
Jul 04, 11
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 of what to expect from this family and is filled with anxiety as she tries to settle in. Paris experiences both her first taste of a true home and additional trauma while there with the Lincoln family. They teach her about religion and she discovers an appreciation for music when she joins the church choir. She is rejected in a new form when the best friend she's made is told not to play with her anymore. Paris also feels a sense of guilt about her new caring foster family because she knows that her brother is not so well off. When Paris is faced with making a choice between returning to her flighty mother and staying with the Lincoln's her anguish leaps off of the page. The reader is left hoping that her ultimate decision, to return to her mom, is the right one at the end of this tale. The ending may be too simplistic as those really in this situation rarely find this particular "happy" ending.
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