How would you react if your Mum announced you were going to live in the South of France for 6 months? More
Jake is an ordinary 12-year old boy, only interested in spending time with his mates at the local football club. His parents think it would be a great idea to move to France for six months. Jake barely speaks French. So when he's left alone in the small harbour town called Villefranche-sur-Mer, he struggles at first and resents his Mum. But slowly, with the help of new friends and the crystal-clear, almost magical pull of the Mediterranean water, Jake starts to build a life for himself. Until everything almost comes crashing down under the fireworks of Bastille Day celebrations.
This partially-bilingual novel of regional fiction is written in English, with some of the conversation in French. This young readers fully experience day-to-day life in a foreign town.
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on July 27, 2015 :
A well written first book that deals with the realities of moving to a new country and some life lessons as well. Jake is a well rounded character who deals with the good and bad the way teens do but uniquely he does a lot of it in a new language, French. There are comical situations , touching ones and a few sad ones. Great book for any teens heading to France for a few months or more or those looking for some insight into what it is like to move to France.