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Mira's Diary: Lost in Paris Tour Stop & Giveaway

Friday, November 9, 2012
As a part of the Mira's Diary: Lost in Paris tour, I have for you my review.

Mira's Diary: Lost in Paris
by Marissa Moss

Publication: September 4, 2012
Pages: 224
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
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Mira is shocked when she receives a postcard from her missing mother from Paris. Her father decides it's time for a trip to France to search for her. While visiting Notre Dame, Mira touches a gargoyle and is whirled into the past. There she meets the famous painter Degas and catches a brief, shocking glimpse of her mother. Mira begins to suspect that her mom didn't run out on them but is a prisoner of the past. Can one family on an incredible worldwide adventure stop a plot in time?

Back in my middle school days, I went through a historical fiction phase. The vast majority of them were set in the medieval period, but history has always fascinated me. Especially when it involves time travel. I'm pretty sure that I would freak out if I were really to find myself in a foreign place and time. I wouldn't know the first thing to do to trick everyone into thinking that I belong in their time period. Still, I can't help but wonder how awesome it'd be to time travel, and Mira gets to do just that.

Mira's Diary: Lost in Paris is the delightful middle-grade story about a young teenage girl who discovers that she has inherited her mother's time-traveling abilities when her family goes to Paris in search of her missing mother. Alone in a foreign time and place, Mira must figure out why she's being taken back to the past at the same time that she unravels her mother's purpose, and her own purpose, for being in the past.

This book is obviously meant for younger readers. While Mira meets many equally delightful characters, the story doesn't go into much detail into their lives, personalities, and interests. This didn't take away from my enjoyment of the novel as long as I read it as a middle-grade book, but I really wanted to know more about them and see more of Mira's adventures in late-nineteenth century Paris and the reactions of her friends after her long periods of absence (the result of forced time travel by touchstones, objects that take her to different time periods).

Yeah, time travel obviously sucks when you don't know what you're doing and especially when you can't control when and where you go. Mira can't even confide into her friends because that would be breaking one of the sacred rules of time travel, so her explanations for being gone sound pretty fake even to herself.

It seemed that I had just started this book when it ended. Sadly to say, I'm going to have to wait to see how Mira makes up to her good friend and first (I think?) love Claude and just what is so important that her mother is doing in the past. Mira's story is a fun, sweet read that I would recommend to young girls.

An ARC was provided by the publisher for review

Marissa's Website 
Marissa Moss was born in Pennsylvania, but her family moved to California when she was two, and she has been living there ever since. Her college studies in history have aided her in making historical journals and working on her YA novel. She views each new book is as a challenge and loves every minute of writing each of them.

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4 comments on "Mira's Diary: Lost in Paris Tour Stop & Giveaway"
  1. If I spent the day in Paris, it would get some sort of a souvenir (boots or a scarf...or perhaps a boyfriend *winks*) and go to boutiques, cafes, and of course the Eiffel tower. Sounds like a sweet and enjoyable book :) Sierra
    Keep growing beautiful!

  2. If I spent a day in Paris, I would want to see as much as Paris as I could and bring home a souvenir or two. I would love to read this book. It sounds really good. Thanks for the giveaway.

  3. I'd visit Shakespeare and Company bookstore, an historic bookstore destination on the Left Bank. Thanks for the giveaway.

  4. The book sounds really interesting. If I got to spend a day in Paris, I would go to the Louvre because one day is too little time to take in Paris, so if I only had so much time I would want to spend it in a place were there is something new to see and experience around each corner.


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