Fire in the Cathedral
by Darlene Foster
Amanda in France is the ninth book in a series for kids but the first that I read. In this title, Amanda, her best friend, Leah, and Leah’s Aunt Jenny travel to Paris and its environs. They have made an arrangement to work at Shakespeare and Co. for a few hours each day in return for a dorm room in which to stay.
It happens that the fire at Notre Dame happens in the course of the story and there is a plot about what might have caused this. There are other strange goings on as well including a rather mysterious gentleman who is omnipresent. What is happening? Amanda wants to know and so will readers.
In addition to telling a story about the characters, this novel serves as a travelogue. Many of the major Parisian sites are visited, everything from the Louvre to Musee d’Orsay, to Notre Dame, the Opera, Versailles and many more well known venues. I enjoyed the armchair travel and now know a good place to go for a sweet snack with a view of Notre Dame and that I want to see the ceiling of Galleries Lafayette on my next trip.
Children who are fascinated by travel or those whose worlds an adult wants to open up, could do well to pick up this title as well as others in the series. Just a few of the other places which Amanda visits are Malta, England and Holland. When I was about ten, I think that I would have adored this series.
Many thanks to Central Avenue Publishing and NetGalley for this title. All opinions are my own.
Pub date: 13 September 22