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Mira's Diary: Lost in Paris

(Mira's Diary #1)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  445 ratings  ·  88 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
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Margo Tanenbaum
In Mira's Diary, Moss creates a time travel story melding the exciting artistic world of 19th century Paris with the shocking political intrigue and anti-Semitism of the infamous Dreyfus affair. Although the Dreyfus affair is well known to those interested in French history, it's certainly not a topic most young people in the U.S. will be at all familiar with, and I applaud Moss for choosing to set her story around this important tale of corruption and scapegoats.

Our story begins when young Mir
Dov Zeller
I was interested in this "Mira's Diary" because it's a YA time travel book concerned with Jewish history. The basic premise: after Mira and her family receive a mysterious old postcard of a gargoyle on Notre Dame in Paris from Mira's inexplicably absent mother, Mira and her father and brother go to Paris in search of her. During their first outing, to Notre Dame, Mira touches one of its gargoyles and finds herself transported to the late 19th century (decked out in period garb and everything) an ...more
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Oct 18, 2012 rated it liked it
At a first glance, I didn’t really know what to expect from Mira’s Diary: Lost in Paris. I mean, the title did give me a hint and since I went into the novel with a brief idea of the synopsis, I had no idea what I would find in the contents of the novel. It’s no secret that it appears to be a middle-grade novel and since I’m more used to the YA scene, I gotta admit I was a bit hesitant. But after reading the opening sentence I was already sure that this would be an intriguing read.

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Sep 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is really fun, it is fairly light while still having some tough elements. I was really impressed with the authors ability to capture the feel of the different times throughout the books seeing as it does involve time travel after all. Granted it only spans the course of a few years, you do notice subtle little changes as you're reading. I also really liked all the fun illustrations that are in the book, it's always enjoyable when books have a visual aid to go along with the story. Help ...more
Oct 17, 2012 rated it liked it
If you're looking for an enjoyable MG with a little bit of everything -- time travel, culture, history, romance -- look no further! Mira's Diary is a fun and charming trip to Paris that you'll be able to race through in no time.

What starts off for the main character Mira as a trip to Paris to find her mysteriously missing mother quickly turns into a whirlwind of an adventure as she tries to shape the future and hide her identity. I can't say that I was familiar with most of the history and infor
Dec 10, 2017 rated it liked it
While reading this book, I rolled my eyes a lot. While I understand it's aimed at a YA audience, the time traveling conceit isn't very clearly drawn and the characters are pretty flat. While I think the attempt to shed light on an important historical event here is important, I shouldn't have to wait until the acknowledgements at the end of the book that details what was real and what wasn't to truly appreciate a book. ...more
Sandra Bornstein
Feb 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
A couple of weeks ago, I attended the Colorado Council International Reading Association (CCIRA) in Denver. I had the distinct pleasure of listening to one of Marissa Moss’ talks that included a discussion of her book, Mira’s Diary: Lost in Paris. Despite my interest in Jewish children’s books, I was unfamiliar with her writing and was pleasantly surprised by the information that she shared. To date, Marissa has authored and illustrated over fifty children’s books. She is best known for the Amel ...more
Oct 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
I am somewhat hesitant to review this book because I feel like I read it from a very adult perspective and therefore will not accurately be able to say whether a middle-grader (who are the intended audience) will enjoy it. The novel is a first in what seems to be a series and we start off with very interesting family dynamics. Mira’s mother is missing – they thought she had been kidnapped/killed/etc because she did not leave any letter or forwarding address or anything that would let the family ...more
Dorine White
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
Mira's Diary-Lost in Paris, is the first in a new middle grade series written by Marissa Moss and published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky.

The Story-
Mira's mom disappeared six months ago, and hasn't been heard from since. But, on June 11 a postcard from Paris arrives, signed by her mother. Along with her brother Malcolm and their dad, the family travels to France to look for their missing mom.

They head to where the postcard was taken, Notre Dame cathedral. When Mira touches a gargoyle, she suddenly
Sep 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
What a surprising little time-traveling gem! I did not expect this "diary" to go the way that it did! Marissa Moss really knows her readers and how to tell a story fluently in journal form.

I was a bit surprised at the fact that Moss had chosen to dive into the 19th century Paris, France, surrounded by French artists and well into France's politics too. As much as the time-traveling was the main concern of the main character, the story focuses on intolerance and political corruption. At times, i
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Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing

4.5 Stars

I loved this book for many reasons. I think it's great that a middle grade book is actively teaching young people about history, art, and tolerance all at the same time.

I loved the main message of the book, and that is tolerance. I hadn't heard of the Dreyfus Affair before, Dreyfus being accused of ugly crimes in 19th century France simply because he was Jewish. But I think that tolerance and acceptance is something that needs to be addressed in our society today. There is also a great
Ms. Yingling
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
When Mira's family gets a postcard from her mother, who has disappeared, they all decide to go there, since the father has conveniently gotten a fellowship there. Mira hopes to find her mother, and she does... but only after she travels back in time to 1881. She meets Claude, who offers to help her find a place to stay. He is working with a group of artists, so Mira ends up at Mary Cassat's. She has limited contact from her mother, who tells her that she is a time traveler, must follow certain r ...more
Jul 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Cute, and a great introduction for kids who might be interested in art or France but don't know much yet. It felt a little bit too educational with not enough heft for adult readers: I was disappointed, given how much I'd loved the Amelia series in my American Girl days. Moss's art is still lively but less witty, and the plot felt a bit scattershot. I would've preferred less jumping back-and-forth through time and a more focused narrative. But as an introduction to time travel for middle grade r ...more
Ashley ♡
Oct 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was a wonderful mix of non fiction and fiction. A great book to read on a rainy day.
The book itself was fun and intriguing. The author's note at the end, which was lengthy, was amazing. I'd never heard of the Dreyfus Affair. ...more
Kaylie Zander
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nf-f-pair
Mira's Diary follows a young girl on her adventures in Paris. When Mira receives a post card in the mail from her mother who has been missing for quite some time, her father decides it is time to go to Paris in search of their mother. Upon arrival, time is turned back for Mira and she is suddenly in and unfamiliar place in 1881. Mira's mother leaves notes and clues in hopes that Mira can solve the reason she has been missing for so long. Along her journey Mira encounters many new people offering ...more
Annmarie Pelayo
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing story of vigilance to seek justice.

Amazing story of vigilance to seek justice. To right a wrong, no matter what the consequences because of the belief in truth and humanity. The reality that we as a nation have not changed very much is hard to believe but is as real as the sun rising and setting. Absolutely a must read, I guarantee you will not stop reading till justice is done.
Jun 21, 2019 added it
There's a mention of Oscar Wilde and his life after prison that's as follows "And for him, the halo of sin has made him all the more popular in London fashion. He's invited out every night and dines on his witty stories of prison life."

Didn't he move to France after his imprisonment, and was practically abandoned by most???
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
At the beginning I thought this book was really boring and I didn't get it so i stopped reading it. Then 1 year later I picked it up and it was pretty good.

This book is about a girl named Mira who travels to Paris with her brother and her dad in search of Mira's mom. Mira's mom wasn't at home for 6 weeks and that seems strange for the family so they travel to Paris to maybe see if there mom got side track-ted to something in Paris. When they get to Paris Mira goes to find her mom (and a bit of
Megan Markle
Oct 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
i don't like it because Mira lost in Paris. it wasn't fun because she is missing her mom. her mom need to stay in Paris because she has to figure out something. i even don't like the part about Mira feeling sad because she really miss her mom but her mom send her a letter. ...more
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It is a time travel novel for middle grade readers and others not afraid to see a heavy topic such as anti- Semitism tackled. The topic is treated with gentility and sensitivity, perfect for young but able readers to search the history of the malaise.
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very very good book. I really enjoyed it and can not wait for to read the next one!!!😃
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
just when i thought it was boring... time travel
I don’t read a lot of YA, but I love to travel and this novel caught my eye so I thought I’d give it a try. Truly a fun read.
Katria Mouro
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I Loved this book and I learned so much about history from it!
This was such a fun and exciting book!
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: megan-s-books
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Kylie Houck
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I chose to give Marissa Moss’s Mira’s Diary a five star rating because throughly enjoyed reading it. I read many other books over the break and in this new semester but I thought Mira’s Diary was one of the best. It is about a young preteen girl named Mira taking place in Paris. It is a very easy read that is not long and captivates your attention. Throughout the book there is many plot changes and twists that you definitely don't expect. Mira’s character development is exceptional she starts of ...more
Oct 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
I received my copy of Mira's Diary: Lost in Paris from Source Books. When I was introduced to Mira’s Diary by Source Book’s publicity intern and I read the synopsis I thought it was fortuitous that they would offer me a chance to read/review this book right after my return from Paris, France. It was wonderful being able to visualize the different places I visited as I read through Mira's Diary. I only had one issue and that was that the book packed a lot of detail in a short read. There was enou ...more
Sep 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Originally posted at Escape Through the Pages with a 3.5 rating.

MIRA'S DIARY: LOST IN PARIS by Marissa Moss is a smart middle grade novel that contains an interesting method of time travel, good character voice and a great take on history.

Mira’s mother has disappeared without a word, until a postcard arrives in the mail from France. Determined to find her, Mira, her brother and their father set out for Paris – where Mira finds her mother, but a whole lot of trouble as well. Transported back to n
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Marissa Moss has written more than seventy books, from picture books to middle-grade and young adult novels. Best known for the Amelia's Notebook series, her books are popular with teachers and children alike. Her picture book Barbed Wire Baseball won the California Book Award gold medal. Moss is also the founder of Creston Books, an independent children's publishing house. ...more

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