My Not-So-Great French Escape

Written by Cliff Burke

My Not-So-Great French Escape is a funny, emotional, and adventure-filled book about changing friendships, changing parents, turning away from pain and toward the good wherever you find it. This charming story is set in France on a farm with a dilapidated chateau. It features scenes that inspire entrepreneurship. I loved the unique plot and its relatable protagonist.

I really liked that it stars a tween boy who shows his emotions. This is a great addition to a small line-up of relatable books for this target audience. If only I can convince my Diary of Wimpy Kid fans to give this book a try!

It would also be a fun audiobook to listen to, as there are French words and phrases throughout the book that listeners could learn to pronounced correctly. This book will take its reader to a place that one might only visit by reading.

Reviewed by Kristen Hunt, Librarian, Whittier Elementary School
Review shared in July 2023
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 4-8

My Not-So-Great French Escape
Written by Cliff Burke
Clarion Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers
214 pages
Release Date: March 14, 2023
ISBN: 9780358701507
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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