A Whale in Paris

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Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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5.8 X 1.0 X 8.4 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

Daniel Presley is an American who came to Paris in search of music, but found love instead when he met Claire, a philosophy student. Claire Polders was born in the Netherlands and came to Paris in search of the meaning of life, but found Daniel instead. They fell in love, got married, and wrote A Whale in Paris. They have also written films and other novels. On sunny days, they enjoy taking long walks along the Seine, eating salmon quiche, and making up stories.


"This fanciful, impossible animal fable often feels just as urgent as the real events. . . . Readers may find this . . . story utterly convincing and even sometimes heartbreaking."--Kirkus Reviews
"Chantal's optimism against overwhelming odds makes her a hero to creatures above and below the water. Overflowing with charm and hope, this novel is perfect for readers who love a touch of the fantastic and the impossible."--Booklist Online
"Franklin, his unlikely appearance in Paris, and his anthropomorphic personality invoke an unexpected but delightful air of magic. Chantal is a compelling and compassionate character. This debut novel set in Nazi-occupied Paris will engage and charm young readers."--School Library Journal
"This story . . . delves into the workings of human nature, and teaches young readers valuable life lessons, such as not judging people prematurely and the importance of keeping promises. . . . an excellent introduction to WWII for elementary readers, being both an exciting and touching story."--Historical Novel Society