Paris for Two

by Phoebe Stone

Arthur A. Levine Books
May 2016

Ages 11 – 13 . Grades 6 – 8

Lexile measure: 690L

DRA: 60

Guided Reading: Y

The best cure for a terrible crush on someone like Windel Watson is a trip across the ocean. That's what twelve-year-old Petunia Beanly thinks, until she hears where her family is moving. Not Paris. Not France. Anywhere would be better. Because that's where Windel will be, too.

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.
Phoebe Stone

Phoebe Stone is the beloved and acclaimed author of several novels for middle grade, including The Romeo and Juliet Code, which was hailed by the Boston Globe as "quite simply the best novel for young readers . . . since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." She received four starred reviews for The Boy on Cinnamon Street, and another star for her novel Deep Down Popular. Booklist awarded a starred review to Romeo Blue, the follow-up to The Romeo and Juliet Code, calling it "compelling, and with plenty of heart and soul." Phoebe and her husband live in Middlebury, Vermont.


  • Praise for Romeo Blue:
    "Coming of age in a time of war, feeling both loved and abandoned, clever and yet perplexed, Flissy is an engaging protagonist." -- The Wall Street Journal

    * "Compelling, and with plenty of heart and soul." -- Booklist, starred review

    * "Romeo Blue is the best sort of sequel: one you didn't know you wanted but are ever so grateful to have…Both lyrical and propulsive." --Horn Book Magazine, starred review

    "Charmingly lyrical and also notably authentic." -- Kirkus Reviews

    "Readers will get caught up in this story of young love, espionage, and war-torn families while still far away from the frontlines of the battlefield." -- School Library Journal

    Praise for The Romeo and Juliet Code:

    "Delightful." -- The Wall Street Journal

    "Phoebe Stone's The Romeo and Juliet Code is quite simply the best novel for young readers I've read since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." -- The Boston Globe

    *"Stone's intricate and lyrical novel, set during WWII, resembles The Secret Garden in all the best ways." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

    *"Flissy is a kick, her ever-so-proper manners and stuffy Briticisms belied by her abundant curiosity and consequent meddling." -- The Horn Book Review, starred review

    Praise for The Boy on Cinnamon Street:

    * "Destined to be one of the great romantic moments in preteen fiction." -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review

    * "Executed with wit and delicacy." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

    * "Readers will feel for [Louise] and cheer for her in equal measure." -- Booklist, starred review


--- - Dad says thousands of writers have used literally billions of words trying to describe 'love' without success. But I could tell him it is easy to describe. That moment a little bird that had been sleeping for so long inside me turned over. It turned over and its cold, still feathers began to warm.

Until then I had known so little about Windel, only the way he wandered into history class, often late. Now everything was different. It was his secret life. His never-before-seen confidence. His smoky, hidden moodiness. His obvious passion. And it was the music.

Jacketed Hardcover / Adhesive

ISBN: 9780545443623

272pp. | 5-½ x 7-½