out of 5
Review by Ariel
This book is an incredible example of how the realities of the world can be related in a sensitive and entertaining manner, all through the eyes of a fifth-grade girl. Paris is the youngest in a family whose eccentricities are only matched by their strong bond with each other. Whether she is taking piano lessons from Mrs. Rosen, or starting her organization in school, the "Extreme Readers Book Club," Paris is a figure that just won't quit, opinions and all, even if, as she states, she is trying to be a "polite person." Appropriate for ages 9 and above, this book contains certain elements that, although maintaining a connection with the younger set, may be a bit above their intuition in certain circumstances, such as Paris' classmate's ill brother. However, the delicate treatment of issues such as the Holocaust, homosexuality, and cultural difference makes this book a stand-alone original. Paris is a character that is full of life and personality, but learns in a very realistic way throughout the large amount if issues tackled within the story.