Grimes, Nikki. The Road to Paris. New York, NY: Penguin Books, 2006. Print.
Summary: This book is about a young multiracial girl named Paris. She struggles with feeling accepted and has gone from foster home to foster home. She suffered from abuse in her past and is not very trusting of others. She becomes separated from her brother, Malcolm, which is very hard for her at first. Eventually, she moves in with a new Foster Family, the Lincolns. They are very kind and loving to her, teaching her she can trust again. She learns valuable life lessons from the family and her separation from her brother proves to her that she can be a strong independent young girl and face her fears.
Activity Ideas using the book:
- Create a scrapbook for Paris. This scrapbook should include her life when she was younger, foster homes she was in, and her life with the Lincolns
- The story ends with Paris starting over again to create a new life. Write a one to two page paper continuing the end of this story. What life is like after she moves back to New York and how it is to be reunited with Viola, Malcolm and meeting the new step-father, Marcus.
” There was no way for Paris to tell the future. But she was not afraid. Not anymore. The rough road she’d been on had led her to a stronger sense of herself.” (Grimes 153).
“Paris had learned to keep God in her pocket, and as long as she kept him close, she knew she’d be alright.” (Grimes 153).
“She sure can sing, can’t she said David. ” And you know why? Because talent runs in the family. I told you she’s my sister, right? “Mine too!” piped up Jordan. Paris couldn’t stop grinning. ( Grimes 117)
Themes and Thematic Unit Ideas: Fiction, Foster Home Care, African Americans, Brothers and Sisters
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Conflict: Paris had mentally and physically abusive relationships with her caregivers that led her to not trust and not feel accepted.