Illustrated by :Jo Rioux
Imprint:Walker Books US
Audience:Children: Age (years) 10 - 14, Grade (US) 5 - 9
Dimensions:8in x 5.56 x 1 in | 0.76 lb
Page Count:288 pages
Eagle masterfully maintains suspense, dispensing new clues as the events escalate, with twists and turns galore and a cast of charming, loyal friends, all set against the special atmosphere of Paris. Soft, full-page, pencil-and-ink illustrations highlight key events. A satisfying conclusion finds the villains punished, bakeries restored, and a whole new life for Nell…. A tour de force.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
As delightful and delicious as a Parisian boulangerie creation.
—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Set in 1969, the engaging story revolves around Nell and her new allies, who recognize a kindred spirit and try to help her, just as she extends herself to help them. An assortment of villainous adults and several kind ones round out the cast of characters while occasional black-and-white drawings illustrate this fast-paced, enjoyable mystery.
In this fun and lively story illustrated by Jo Rioux, Nell finds herself among francophones in a state of alarm: A ’mysterious spore’ is wrecking the city’s supply of baguettes. As Nell races to track down the missing Pear, she acquires a posse of quirky friends, uncovers a dastardly scheme and learns certain terrible (but ultimately acceptable) truths about her own life.
—The Wall Street Journal
Eagle’s entertaining mystery has everything: a plucky heroine, colorful villains, thrilling action and a most satisfying ending.
—The Buffalo News