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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
Hardcover, 153 pages
Published October 5th 2006 by G. P. Putnam's Sons
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Becky It's about a girl named Paris who's grown up in the foster care system. Her new foster home separates her from her older brother, Malcolm, but ends up…moreIt's about a girl named Paris who's grown up in the foster care system. Her new foster home separates her from her older brother, Malcolm, but ends up being a great place for her to be overall. (less)

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Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Guys. Add this to your TBR. This books was amazing, and I love it so much. I picked it up randomly from the store and as I started reading I was in awe. The writing is light and geared towards younger audience, but still has so much to offer older readers.

The main character, Paris, is a young girl who has been in different foster homes with her older brother. But they end up being seperated, and placed in different homes. Wary at first, Paris watches the family she is now placed with, but she e
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
My nine year old suggested I read this book, and I'm glad I did. It is a fabulous discussion sparker with kids and adults alike. I recommend!
May 18, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
L11-Sharri Moses
Feb 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great little book that reminds us we are never alone if we carry God in our pocket.
Sep 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: african_american
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
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Cindy Mittendorfer
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Lola Regard
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. In the beginning, it took me a while to focus on what the other was truly trying to convey through the book. I kept waiting for Paris to send the letters to her brother and hopefully, he would answer. Then, I realized that was not what the was about. It was about adaptation to a new place, how it changes you and your emotion. This book reminds of a poem I wrote about always leaving places when you just get settled in. Paris the main character is used to be put and taken out of ...more
In less than 150 pages, I gleaned how bleak and generous foster care families were to Paris. The end of this book, as Paris decides to stay with her loving foster care family or move back with her mother, brother and her new stepdad, will stay with me.
Beth Kaminske
Jul 01, 2017 rated it liked it
good story for 9 to ten year old's. Teaching about accepting people for who the y are not for things they can't help, parents, race, etc. About learning to trust people again and about choices. I enjoyed it and was amused by some of the behavior of Paris.
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sooo Good!
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
very good but sad at times
Mar 10, 2017 rated it liked it
My students really liked this book, it was well written, and a quick read. Not worth a reread though. A weak 3 stars.
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-nerd
I really enjoyed this book and it grabbed my attention, it felt like a rope that kept pulling me in. It was just amazing!!
From the prologue: Ask Paris if a phone call can be deadly. She'll tell you. She learned the truth of it last night.

From chapter one: The trouble with running away is you know what you're leaving behind, but not what's waiting up ahead. Paris Richmond learned that a year ago when she and her brother Malcolm ran away from a foster home in Queens.

Premise/plot: Malcolm and Paris have spent most of their lives in foster care. Their mother is living, but, unable and/or unwilling to keep them herself.
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
A poignant tale about a little girl and her brother and their experiences in the foster care system. All the more meaningful for me as a CASA volunteer. These kids' lives are just turned upside down and they have a hard time trusting adults. Reading the book and hearing her thoughts helped me understand some of the foster children I've dealt with over the years.
Kaley Robinson
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Favor Ogu
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 20, 2016 rated it liked it
BOB 2016-2017

The book began as a 5-star book, but the plot seemed disjointed, and the protagonist's epiphanies seemed forced.

I appreciated the characters' reliance on faith to get her through tough situations, and I teared up at the Easter service scene. I also liked reading about a foster family that tries their best to lift up the child in their care.


I didn't like that the one time I played the audioCD in the car, the line "What the h-- is a little blonde headed n-- girl doing darke
Jul 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Carson Gill
Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
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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
Kayla Grant
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Gina Saenz
Nov 02, 2013 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
Kylie (KylieVonKittie)
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The Road to Paris was a very different type of read for me. Not only because it was realistic fiction but I normally do not read books with such realistic issues that still occur in our society today. This was a sad story of a girl who had a broken relationship with her mother and was thrown into horrible foster care homes. She was mistreated. This book deals with racial issues and foster care. It talks a lot about acceptance and
Amy Berkun
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Liked it. Main character is a foster child and brother split up. Finally finds nice foster family and learns life lessons; then decides to try and live with mom again
Apr 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing

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
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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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