“Une histoire d’espoir—a story of hope.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A memorable, heartfelt read.” —Publishers Weekly
Fans of the Nate series by Tim Federle and The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm will love Cleveland Rosebud Potts in this poignant and heartfelt novel from the award-winning author of Lily and Dunkin.
Cleveland Rosebud Potts has a plan. If she can check off the six items on her très important Paris Project List she will make it out of the small-minded and scorching town of Sassafras, Florida, to a rich and cultured life at The American School of Paris.
Unfortunately, everything seems to conspire against Cleveland reaching her goal.
Cleveland is ashamed of her father and angry that her mother and sister are never around because they have to work extra shifts to help out the family. Her Eiffel Tower tin has zero funds. And to top it all off, Cleveland’s best friend Jenna Finch has decided she’s too fancy for her and her neighbor Declan seems to be hiding something.
As Cleveland puts her talents to the test, she must learn how to forgive family for their faults, appreciate friends for exactly who they are, and bloom where she’s planted—even if that’s in a tiny town in central Florida that doesn’t even have a French restaurant. C’èst la vie!
About the Author
Donna Gephart’s award-winning middle grade novels include Lily and Dunkin, Death by Toilet Paper, How to Survive Middle School, The Paris Project, and others. She’s a popular speaker at schools, conferences, and book festivals. Donna lives in the Philadelphia area with her family. Visit her online at DonnaGephart.com.
"This authentic, ultimately hopeful story of forgiveness and empathy is a memorable, heartfelt read."
— Publishers Weekly
"Readers will wish this sympathetic narrator well."
"[A] upbeat story about generosity, forgiveness, and love."
"Gephart once again compassionately creates complex characters....Readers won't "pity" Cleveland (she wouldn't want any), but they'll be rooting for her all the way...Une histoire d'espoir—a story of hope."
— Kirkus Reviews