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Charlotte in Paris by Annie Bryant
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Mar 04, 09

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Read in March, 2009

This Special Adventure volume of the tween series Beacon Street Girls focuses on Charlotte Ramsey, the klutzy, aspiring writer and world adventurer. It begins with an email from her best Parisian friend, Sophie, who has recently spied Orangina, Charlotte’s missing cat, meandering along the River Seine. Since they were unable to find Orangina before she and her father relocated to Boston, Charlotte convinces her father to let her travel alone for the first time to reconnect with her Paris friends and attempt to rescue the orange fur ball. On the plane she encounters a kindly Englishman who nervously dashes off as the plane lands. As Charlotte and Sophie travel the City of Light, we are given an introduction to the important monuments and culture as well as a good dose of French vocabulary. Things become mysterious when Charlotte’s bag is stolen, then reappears at Sophie’s family’s apartment. Eventually all is revealed through Charlotte’s keen powers of observation and all her relationships, both human and feline are set at right by the end. A fun, innocent adventure that has the feel of a classic Hayley Mills film, this book will appeal to pre-teens, especially those who want to imagine walking through Paris. The only detractors are the odd computer illustrations mixed with photographs and the lack of friendship drama, which pulls some teens into the series. But Charlotte is a well-rounded character with sincere reactions that most girls can identify with.
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