Lost in Paris (Mix Series)

Lost in Paris (Mix Series)

by Cindy Callaghan


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781481426015
Publisher: Aladdin
Publication date: 03/17/2015
Series: Mix Series
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 128,822
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: 600L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 13 Years

About the Author

Cindy Callaghan is the author of the middle grade novels Lost in London, Lost in Paris, Lost in Rome, Lost in Ireland (formerly titled Lucky Me), Lost in Hollywood, the award-winning Sydney Mackenzie Knocks ’Em Dead, Just Add Magic (which is now a breakout streaming original series), and its sequel Potion Problems. She lives in Wilmington, Delaware.

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Lost in Paris


I traced my finger over the gold emblem of my new passport. It was blank, but it would have its first stamp very soon. A stamp that said FRANCE!

My brothers were playing in a lacrosse tournament overseas, which meant that I got to go to . . . wait for it . . . Paris!

While the boys were off playing lacrosse, Mom and I planned to tour the entire city—the City of Light. That was what they called Paris. What I wanted to do most of all was to take a boat ride down the Seine—that was the river that flowed through the center of the city. My dad had to stay behind for work, so he would miss all the fun. Quel dommage! That was “bummer” in French, I thought, or maybe it was “it’s too bad,” or “scrambled eggs.”

Giddy with excitement, I placed the passport back onto the middle of the kitchen table, so everyone could see it. It had my name, Gwen Russell; my picture; and my birth date, indicating that I was thirteen. “It’s beautiful, isn’t it?” I asked Mom for the umpteenth time.

“Yes, it is. It’ll look even better with a stamp in it.” She looked at her cell phone. “The boys just texted. They’ll be home soon with pizza.”

By “boys” she meant my three older brothers. There were four kids in our family. I was the youngest and the only girl, the only one who stepped on the mat when she got out of the shower, the only one who took her shoes off at the door, and the only one who’d never traveled overseas. But not for long.

I pulled up the latest Shock Value video on my tablet and turned the sound waaaay up. I grabbed a broom, played air guitar, and sang along. I didn’t sing when the boys were around because they told me I was terrible, but when they weren’t around, I belted it out. I knew every word to this song.

Shock Value was only THE most amazing band. I dreamed that one day I’d get tickets to one of their concerts. I wanted to see Winston up close. He was my total fave band member. Maybe because he was the youngest, but also because he was the cutest with a capital C. But I doubted I would ever get to see them in person, since tickets to their shows were like a bagillion dollars. A girl could still dream, and I did. I wasn’t the only one nuts about Shock Value. My brothers and parents loved them too.

When the video was over, I played it again with the volume lower and jumped over the couch with a notebook in which I wrote song lyrics. I called it my Lyrics Notebook. Creative, huh? I jotted:

I’m going to Paris.

Café au lait.

I can’t wait for France.

To stroll along the boulevards.

I admired my work. Okay, so maybe these weren’t the best lyrics, but I was getting better. Maybe one day I’d write a song for Shock Value.

As I studied my notebook, the door to the garage slammed open, and Josh (seventeen), Topher (sixteen), and Charlie (fifteen) walked in, each carrying a pizza box. The kitchen instantly filled with the smell of boy sweat and garlic. They stacked their slices three high, grabbed extra-large Gatorades, and headed toward the stairs, where I knew they were about to play hallway lacrosse in between showers and burping.

“Come on, Gwen,” Topher said on his way up. “We need a goalie.”

The goalie was the one who kept the ball from rolling down the stairs.

“I’ll be there in a little bit.” I pointed to my mom. “Girl talk, you know.”

“No. I don’t know.” He flew up the stairs two at a time.

I sighed.

I said to Mom, “Tell me again about the flight.”

CRASH! It sounded like the ball had knocked something over.

“We’re leaving tomorrow evening, and we’ll fly all night on the red-eye,” Mom said.

“AWW!” cried Josh. I was pretty sure he’d caught an elbow to the gut.

I ran up to see the boy drama. No one was dead.

I hung out, and as the hallway lacrosse game whirled around me, I put my earbuds in, played a Shock Value song, and imagined myself in front of each fab sight in Paris. Mom and I really needed some quality girl time. ASAP!

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Lost in Paris 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another must read for tweens!   Cindy Callaghan has done it again.  My 12 year-old-daughter is a huge fan of Ms. Callaghan’s books (Just Add Magic, Lost in London, Lucky Me), and this one is her favorite to date.  This book is funny, well-written, and incorporates everything tween girls love:  cute boys, concerts, shopping, and scavenger hunts—all against the backdrop of Paris.  My daughter really connected with Gwen and her adventure in the City of Light.  And having taken a mother/daughter trip to Paris with her when she was 9, it brought back a lot of great memories for both of us!  Bottom line:  my daughter couldn’t put “Lost in Paris” down and enthusiastically recommends it to all of her friends.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A trip to Paris without ever leaving my house!  Great book for the entire family!  Keep them coming Ms. Callaghan!
t_holleman More than 1 year ago
As a sporty 12-year-old girl who never sits still, it takes a lot for a book to grab my attention.  But Cindy Callaghan does it every time!  I have read every single one of her books straight through (Lucky Me, Lost in London, Just Add Magic).  I couldn’t put them down!  And Lost in Paris was no exception.  In fact, it was the best one yet.  I wish I could have joined Gwen on her scavenger hunt adventure in France.  I’ve recommended the book to all my friends, and I’m eagerly awaiting the release of Lost in Rome later this summer!  If you have a tween daughter, stock up on all of Ms. Callaghan’s books for a great summer of beach reads!! (Review provided by Clara H., Westport, CT)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very cute tween book in the spirit of Callaghan's other books (but different). Gwen is plucky and fun, and the Paris locale keeps it interesting. My niece will enjoy the excitement of France as well as the rock band chase (who wouldn't?!).  
LadyLuna1 More than 1 year ago
What could be more entertaining than a visit to Paris? How about a scavenger hunt in Paris? Cindy Callaghan has penned a terrific travel piece aimed at the young adult office, but interesting enough for those well on in years. I highly recommend this delightful book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was one of my favorite's by Cindy Callaghan.  I love how she made Paris so realistic.  I hope to visit there some day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book.  Kids loved! I love that they read about different cultures! Def. check out her other books too! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a fabulous book! My eleven year old daughter LOVED it!! Another great book, from a great author! 
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I love this book
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Love this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cindy Callaghan really grabed my attention!