"In an old house in Paris
That was covered in vines
Lived twelve little girls
In two straight lines.”
Nothing captures the charm and beauty of the City of Lights like children's books. From board books to chapter books, Paris has been the setting of some wonderful tales, like The Invention of Hugo Cabret, and some iconic figures, like Madeline. As always, our list includes these classics, as well as some hidden gems we've discovered, like one of our favorites, Let's Go, Hugo!
Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo's undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message from Hugo's dead father form the backbone of this intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery.
A hopeful and heroic girl befriends a small, lost whale during World War II and together they embark on a journey to liberate France and find their families in this charming debut novel.