GENRE: Early Middle Grade, Chapter Book
Winicker Wallace hated Paris. She was eight years old and used to wear her butter-blonde hair in two buns on either side of her head. For the last two weeks however, Winicker had worn her hair in one single solitary bun at the back of her head. This was her Mourning Bun. She was mourning the loss of her favorite town (Three Rivers) in her favorite state (Massachusetts) in her favorite country (The United States of America). Two weeks ago, Winicker’s mother started her new job in Paris (which was not in Three Rivers or Massachusetts or The United States of America). Now Winicker’s family lived in France, and Winicker did not speak French. She hated Paris and she hated being away from Three Rivers, but she liked that her family was in Paris with her. Especially Grandma Balthazar.
At breakfast on Sunday morning, Grandma Balthazar poured black coffee out of their new French coffee press into her new French coffee cup. “Winicker, you will love Paris. You just need to give it a chance.” Grandma Balthazar dressed differently in Paris. She didn’t wear her pink jogging suit, or her pink sweatshirt with the puffy white cat on the front. (Winicker loved her grandmother’s puffy white cat sweatshirt.) Now she wore loose, buttoned shirts with leggings and scarves and sunglasses.