Grandpa Leo is saddened by some devastating news and keeps it a secret from his only grandson, Samuelle. As Samuelle's legal guardian, Grandpa Leo decides Venice, Italy would be the perfect place for a trip...and much more. Not only is Venice charming, but also Grandpa Leo's roots stem back to this magical place. Once in Venice, they share many adventures, and Grandpa Leo stumbles upon someone special from his past. Meanwhile, Grandpa Leo struggles with when to break the news to Samuelle, but with Samuelle's growing fondness for Venice and his new relatives and friends, the challenge may be a little easier to face. Eventually, Venice becomes a special place in their hearts forever. This beautiful story will show young readers the strong impact and importance of family, love, and the community in our lives. Read this book with your kids, grandchildren, nieces or nephews, and you will be instantly transported to the romantic city of Venice, Italy! The vivid descriptions of Venice enliven the story. From the food and the architecture to the art and the magical canals, you are right in Venice, without the long flight and the icky airplane food! Readers are taken on an emotional journey that is educational, sad, sweet and heartwarming.
Monique Roy was born in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1975, and grew up in Dallas, Texas, which is still her home. She has always had a passion for writing, even as a child. Monique studied journalism at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She loves to travel and has visited Venice, Italy. In fact, it is one of her favorite places on Earth. Once Upon a Time in Venice is Monique's first book for middle-grade readers. She is also the author of Across Great Divides, a historical novel set during World War II.