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The Pear Affair | Middle Grade Fiction | Mystery - Alder & Alouette

The Pear Affair | Middle Grade Fiction | Mystery & Adventure

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The Pear Affair - 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.



  • The Pear Affair
    Written by Judith Eagle and illustrated by Jo Rioux.
  • Published by Walker Books, June 14, 2022
  • Ages 10 to 14 years
  • 0.87" H x 8.35" L x 5.51" W (0.7 lbs) 288 pages
  • Hardcover
  • Mystery, Suspense, Adventure


A modern day Matilda, my daughter couldn’t put this book down! She loved it so much, she reread the book with me and can’t wait to get the next book in the series. Nell is a combination of Matilda and Enola Holmes in this sleuth-worthy read. A very nice intro for kids into the world of mystery genre. - Julie, Teacher, Parent and Bibliophile