Booklist Reviews

Thirteen-year-old Gwen, who previously got lost in London (Lost in London, 2013), has the great good luck to explore Paris while her mom chaperones her three older brothers during a lacrosse tournament. Even better, she gets to spend time with Brigitte, a young woman Gwen's family met years earlier in the U.S. Brigitte runs a pet-sitting business, and as she carts young Gwen around the City of Light to pick up her various animal wards (a snake, a pig, birds, and dogs, among others), she becomes an informal tour guide. Meanwhile, Brigitte and Gwen follow clues that take them around the city in a contest to win tickets to see Gwen's favorite band. Several well-developed subplots provide additional texture to this French frolic and build backstory for some interesting characters, including an alienated band member, an obsessed fan, and the cute guy at the hotel where Gwen's family is staying. Though this fun romp won't necessarily challenge readers, it may nevertheless excite interest in some of the many Parisian locales Gwen visits. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews

When Jordan spends a week in London, getting trapped overnight in an eighteen-floor department store leads to mystery, adventure, and blackmail. Gwen goes on a scavenger hunt throughout Paris with a cute boy and a family friend to win tickets to see her favorite band. Both books are lively if slight tours of landmarks and culture with a healthy dose of wish-fulfillment. [Review covers the following titles: Lost in London and Lost in Paris.]