Rave Reviews Log: Realistic Fiction

April 11, 2008

Lily B. on the Brink of Paris

By Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
Rating: 3 1/2 stars
Reviewed by Noelle

Lily B. wants nothing more to be a great writer, and how better to start her writing career then absorbing the wonders of Paris? Lily is excited to be on 8th grade class trip to Paris with her best friends Charlotte and Bonnie as well as five other classmates. How can she help but mine "mental gems" from the City of Lights? But being a tourist in Paris isn't quite what she imagined it to be...especially when a girl who doesn't like paying attention to details finds herself separated from the group without a clue about where she is and how to get back. Suddenly her writer's spirit of disorganization has lead her awry. Often quite funny, we follow Lily as she sees some of the sights of Paris, plumbs some hidden depths in herself as well as in some of her friends and classmates, and finds out you don't have to leave your own backyard to write a great first novel (but she's glad she got to see Paris anyway). A light but enjoyable read that will appeal to many girls. More Lily B books include Lily B. on the Brink of Cool and Lily B. on the Brink of Love.


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