Mira's Diary: Lost in Paris by Marissa MossMira's Diary: Lost in Paris by Marissa Moss

Mira's Diary: Lost in Paris

byMarissa Moss

Hardcover | September 10, 2012

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When Mira receives a cryptic postcard from her missing mother, she sets off with her father and brother to find her in Paris. Only Mira doesn't know she's looking in the wrong century. With an innocent touch to a gargoyle sculpture on the roof of Notre Dame, Mira is whisked into the past. There she learns her mother isn't just avoiding the family, she's in serious trouble. Following her mother's clues, Mira travels through time to help change history andbring her mother home. Long after I finished this fast-paced and compelling novel, I thought about Mira. Would I be as determined in pursuit of truth and tolerance? Would you?" -Karen Cushman, Newberry Medal Winner"
MARISSA MOSS has published over 50 children's books, and her illustrated Amelia series sold more than 2 million copies. Although she hopes to visit all the wonders of the world, right now she lives in the San Francisco Bay area where she can appreciate the Golden Gate Bridge from her window. Visit www.marissamoss.com
Title:Mira's Diary: Lost in ParisFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:224 pages, 8 × 5.5 × 0.74 inShipping dimensions:8 × 5.5 × 0.74 inPublished:September 10, 2012Publisher:SourcebooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1402266065

ISBN - 13:9781402266065


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute story Mira, our main character is sent off on a family trip to Paris, France with her father and brother Malcom. The reason? Her mother has sent them a postcard stating she’s sightseeing, and having a marvelous time, so Mira’s father decides to take the entire family on a trip. What Mira finds in France isn’t just French baguettes, and art, she stumbles upon political intrigue, a mystery, and gets stuck in a period in time where Antisemitism is running rampant. The time traveling bit in this book is done rather well. I also like how there’s a huge mystery in it too. I’m also in love with all the little illustrations that were dropped in the book. I couldn’t help but smile at them whenever they would appear on the page. It’s always nice to see a visual picture of what the author is writing about, and this one is no exception. The illustrations are cute and add a whimsical touch to the book. As for the characters, why is Mira so eager to kiss Claude? Isn’t she just in junior high? I’m assuming junior high is 10-12 years old? I must have missed how old Mira actually was. Her feelings and thoughts seemed a lot younger than I’m used to. Not that it’s bad, but I’m just guessing her hormones were all over the place at the time. I mean I’d probably be the same way if a cute French boy did the exact same thing. There is definitely a mystery surrounding Mira’s mother and the whole time traveling gene, so I definitely want some answers. I also had a problem with the history and the amount of detail that was dropped in certain chapters. It felt overwhelming at times, that I had to stop and re-read the book. I’m not familiar with the Dreyfus history, and it felt so complex to even be fiction. I wasn’t surprised when the end let me know that part of the history was in fact real. I like my history now and then, but I always have trouble understanding or perhaps relating to that time period. This is my trouble with historical fiction. Overall, a good read for any age, and you will learn a little bit of French history, and a little bit of art as well, once you pick this one up.
Date published: 2014-12-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from History lesson - with a little story added The Good Stuff The covers are adorable and I bet many will pick this up based on that alone Storyline is fast paced and funny at times Honestly I would love to have her gift. To be able to experience Paris with artists both in the past and present would be a mind blowing Kids will learn a little about art, history antisemitism in an age appropriate way - in other words not as boring as in history classes (trust me - when I was that age I had crappy art and history teachers - thank goodness when I hit high school I had much better teachers - that's right Mr Shore you rocked!) Some lovely illustrations checkered throughout Really appreciated Mira's thoughts and feelings on being Jewish and the atrocities committed against her people all throughout history - done very age appropriate and some lesser known pieces of history (Dreyfus affair) highlighted The Not So Good Stuff This is hard to explain but Mira doesn't come across as an authentic voice for her age. Her expressions are more that of an adult (I was a mature child for my age and not even I spoke that way) She doesn't come across as a tween/teen Jumps around a lot and doesn't make a lot of sense (again I am speaking more of towards who the intended audience is - many will go huh and just give up) Mira is alright but there really isn't a lot of character development so I never really felt really invested in what happens to her Instalove - not a big fan of girls falling instantly in love with a person Favorite Quotes/Passages "Lose the book," I begged. "You're making us look like dumb tourists." "We are dumb tourists, and this book is useful." "Like the word "interesting" which basically means "I don't like it but don't want to hurt anybody's feelings." "Intolerance will breed more intolerance, which will breed violence." Who Should/Shouldn't Read This will be a tough sell as the book is marketed towards a MG girl but the language and Mira's actions don't fit that category A mature MG with a love of art will enjoy this 3 Dewey's I received this from Sourcebooks in exchange for an honest review - sorry guys I have to be honest about what I felt (Can you tell I have guilt issues - always feel bad when I don't love a story) Again Author please remember I have no talent whatsoever as a storyteller so I am not judging you or your talents
Date published: 2013-04-12