Giveaway and Review: "Mira's Diary: Lost in Paris"

by Marissa Moss

Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Release Date: Sep 4, 2012
Source: ARC sent by publisher

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Summary from  

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?

My Review:

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 message of standing up for what you think is right, in the face of intolerance, and I think that's what Mira was able to learn through her time travels.

I also loved being able to 'spend time' with Degas and Mary Cassatt in this book. It was great to see the artists' daily lives through the eyes of a friend. The Impressionist movement in France is a wonderful time in art history, and it's represented well in this story. Mira's sketches throughout the pages of the book added to the artistic story lines. She never saw herself as a good enough artist, but her sketches prove otherwise, something her friends were able to see.

Mira is a great character, and I really liked her relationship with her family and her 19th century artist friends. I loved the romantic story line between Mira and Claude, it was just enough romance for this age group. At the same time, it was heartbreaking in it's simplicity.

Main Characters: 5/5
Supporting Characters: 5/5

Setting: 5/5

Romance: 5/5
Uniqueness: 5/5
Cover: 5/5
Writing: 5/5

Bottom Line:
I loved this mix of history, mystery, and art, along with a fantastic message about tolerance that is still important today.


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  1. Oh I want to read this book! First because it's in Paris, Second because it has Mary Cassatt in it. When I used to substitute teach in elementary school they had a wonderful film on her life for that age and I loved her work and how gentle she was. I saw one on Van Gogh but not Degas. Still France, art, history. Give me a shady spot in the park, some bread and cheese and sparkling pink lemonade. I'll be there all day! I want it!!! You've got my email addy right?

    Oh and it goes without saying that we're all for tolerance here being that we're Jewish.

  2. This book sounds fascinating! Thanks for the giveaway.

  3. Sounds like a wonderful read! I love the interactive aspect of the book, where the reader is invited to discover more about real life events tied into the story with this one. Thanks for the share and good luck to all that enter!

  4. I confess I was lured to this book by the pretty pretty cover!
    But your review really got me excited for it. I love the idea of the time travel and I'm intrigued by the age-appropriate romance

  5. I have to look for this one! I hadn't even heard of it until your lovely review. Glad you enjoyed it.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  6. Now this one sounds fun :) I hope she gets her mum back

  7. I love historical fiction.

  8. The cover is adorable and I love anything set in Paris.

    Patricia H.

  9. I really like Marissa Moss's Amelia books ... so i am betting this is just as good! Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. luving this storyline! can't wait to learn more.. thx for hosting and reviewing :)

  11. I love the sound of this one. It can be hard to have a strong message without seeming preachy, but this one seems like it got it right.

  12. I'm a sucker for anything about Paris, so of course this book is intriguing to me.

  13. This sounds good and I love finding new authors to read!


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