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Elegance of the Hedgehog (Muriel Barbery).  Set in a bougeois aprartment building in Paris, this is a poignant story of an unattractive, cantankerous conciege and a supersmart 12 yr. old both of whom hide their considerable intellectual talent.  A new tenant, a wealthy Japanese man detects their intelligence and ultimately changes their lives.  An unusual and appealing tale.