The author is Eli Stutz. I found this book title on a book list and thought it looked great for an adventure set in France for middle grade readers. It is full of kidnapping, get-a-ways, and near misses from hang gliding villain types to mysterious plans in the mountains. All along with a jar of pickles in hand. I loved it! What a fun read with quite a new story line. And it is all about saving the family heritage too. It’s just a good book with perilous adventure seeking to do good deeds. I read it to my boys during the summer one year as we ate lunch on the porch.
I took this book on a 6th grade substitute job, I started reading the 3rd chapter where most of the action started. The kids worked quietly, on task and pleaded for me to read more. This is one thing I wish happened a lot more. Reading to kids while they work. I find that taking an interesting book on a substitute job really makes a difference. We could not finish but they made me stop at the Librarian’s desk to give her the title so they could finish the story some day. I think it also got me a return visit later because they requested me and of course I brought the book again. This is the author’s first book and so it does not get much publicity. Ask for it and get it on your library list or bookstore order.