When the Beanly family gets to Paris, Pet's older sister seems right at home. Ava swans around looking beautiful, and making Pet feel even smaller and more awkward. It feels like Paris has a place for everyone except Pet. All she wants to do is hide in a dark room with the pillows over her head.
But it turns out Paris has plans for Petunia Beanly. There are three bouquets awaiting her. If Pet can only find her courage, each bouquet will open a door and bring with it a sparkle that will change everything. And the person behind it? That will be Paris's biggest surprise of all.
- ISBN-13: 9780545443623
- ISBN-10: 0545443628
- Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
- Publish Date: April 2016
- Page Count: 272
- Reading Level: Ages 10-13
- Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.75 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-03-14
- Reviewer: Staff
This confection of a story about scrappy 12-year-old Petunia "Pet" Beanly and her family while on sabbatical in Paris delivers a satisfying look at sibling rivalry and discovering true talents. Initially, Pet imagines writing a book on being a younger sister, peppered with advice culled from her experiences with her glamorous, much adored sibling, Ava. Pet also designs dresses, something her sister and mother criticize, but when she finds a mysterious doll dress in an armoire—one with connections to the elderly concierge in her building and a French family—Pet's sewing and design talents blossom. Drama ensues as Pet steals a letter from Ava's love interest, enters a fashion design contest, endures the aftermath of her first crush, and befriends the concierge. Stone (The Romeo and Juliet Code) builds believable betrayal and resolution between the two sisters, though Pet's complex relationship with her mother, who struggles with depression and favors Ava, is too tidily resolved. Regardless, readers will be charmed by Pet as she bonds with Ava and embraces her own strengths. Ages 8–12. (Apr.)