The Pear affair

Judith Eagle

Book - 2022

While accompanying her parents to Paris, twelve-year-old Nell sets off to investigate the disappearance of her beloved, former au pair, affectionately known as Pear.

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Subjects
Genres
Detective and mystery stories
Detective and mystery fiction
Published
Somerville, Massachusetts : Walker Books 2022.
Edition
First US edition
Language
English
Item Description
"First published by Faber & Faber Limited (UK) 2020"--Title page verso.
Physical Description
277 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Audience
Ages 10-14
ISBN
9781536217032
1536217034
Main Author
Judith Eagle (author)
Other Authors
Jo-Anne Rioux (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Life has been bleak for Nell since her horrid so-called parents packed her off to boarding school at the age of seven and dismissed Pear, her beloved au pair, who left England and returned to France. Accompanying her parents to Paris, 12-year-old Nell is determined to find Pear, who has mysteriously disappeared. Uneasy but not disheartened, Nell strikes out on her own, hoping to move in with Pear. Along the way, she befriends several French children who introduce her to the maze of dark tunnels beneath the city. Meanwhile, a second mystery arises: who is behind the inexplicable outbreak of spores that are ruining the city's famous bread and shutting down one small, family-run bakery after another? Set in 1969, the engaging story revolves around Nell and her new allies, who recognize a kindred spirit and try to help her, just as she extends herself to help them. An assortment of villainous adults and several kind ones round out the cast of characters while occasional black-and-white drawings illustrate this fast-paced, enjoyable mystery. Grades 4-7. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Arriving in Paris to find her beloved old au pair Perrine—Pear—who has gone missing, Penelope enters the darkest, most mysterious parts of the city with the help of a savvy bellboy, where she stumbles upon a sinister plot. Simultaneous eBook. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"Penelope Magnificent spends as little time as possible with her awful parents--a grocery-mogul father and a fashion-obsessed mother...But when they mention an important trip to Paris, Nell begs to come along. Paris holds something very dear to her: her old au pair Perrine--Pear--who lives there...Nell sets out from her parents' ultra-fancy Parisian hotel to find her beloved Pear. But Pear's old neighbors and coworkers are strangely tight-lipped. And as Nell's search for the truth takes her... to some ofthe darkest, most mysterious parts of the city, a sinister plot comes to light involving the destruction of a cherished...part of Parisian life"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Nell is determined to find her beloved missing au pair in this vibrant adventure set in, and underneath, Paris.Penelope Magnificent spends as little time as possible with her awful parents—a grocery-mogul father and a fashion-obsessed mother who loves expensive purses more than she does her daughter. But when they mention an important trip to Paris, Nell begs to come along. Paris holds something very dear to her: her old au pair Perrine—Pear—who lives there. Pear used to write to Nell every week, promising to come to her rescue, but recently the letters stopped. With the help of a savvy bellboy named Xavier, Nell sets out from her parents’ ultra-fancy Parisian hotel to find her beloved Pear. But Pear’s old neighbors and coworkers are strangely tight-lipped. And as Nell’s search for the truth takes her and Xavier to some of the darkest, most mysterious parts of the city, a sinister plot comes to light involving the destruction of a cherished—and delicious—part of Parisian life. Food, fashion, and intrigue abound in this delightful caper from the author of The Secret Starling.