Mira's Diary

Mira's Diary

Lost in Paris

Book - 2012
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Mira receives a postcard from her missing mother from Paris and she and her father travel to France to search for her, but while visiting Notre Dame, Mira touches a gargoyle and is whirled into the past, where she meets the famous painter Degas and catches a brief, shocking glimpse of her mother.
Publisher: Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, c2012
Characteristics: 210 p. : ill., maps ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9781402266065
Alternative Title: Lost in Paris


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Jul 28, 2016

you will enjoy reading this book

Jun 27, 2015

This character, named Mira, experienced time travel numerous times to different periods in Paris history. I like finding out that her mother wasn't kidnapped, but instead left the family without explanation because she went to stop a terrible event from happening. The reason the mother didn't tell why she left was because if she told somebody she could travel to different centuries she would be stuck in that century forever. Mira can travel by touching a touchstone. Every time she travels, the touchstone is different. The first time was the gargoyle, then the ballet shoe and then finally the brick pillar which took her home to her normal life. I enjoyed the suspense of not knowing how things would get solved. By Rebecca

tanase Mar 08, 2014

THIS WAS A GRATE BOOK!!!!!! I loved it sooooooo much so I am reading it for the second time! :) I like it cause its about time travel and it reminds me of MY trip 2 paris but I wish there was a second book cause the ending is does not really END it that well...... but I still liked it a lot!

SPL_Childrens May 08, 2013

The first book in a new series by Marissa Moss, Mira’s Diary: Lost in Paris, could be described as “mystery meets history in an unusual time-travel story with a smattering of romance”.
Intrigued? Read on....

When Mira receives a puzzling postcard sent from Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris from her missing mother, she, her father and her brother travel to the French city in hopes of finding her. While at Notre Dame, Mira sees the same gargoyle that was featured on her mother’s
postcard. She touches the gargoyle and is whisked back to the late 19th century.

Mira knows now that she has inherited her mother’s ability of time-travel. Guided by a series of notes with clues from her mother, she visits various moments in time between 1881 and 1899, a period when the “Dreyfus Trial” was stirring up intense reaction in Paris. She soon realizes that her mother has been secretly investigating the truth behind the trial in order to obtain justice for Alfred Dreyfus - a Jewish military officer who was wrongly accused of a crime and branded as a traitor. She also realizes that her mother needs her help.

As she searches for her mother, Mira meets various artists and writers of late 19th century Paris – people such as Monet, Degas, Renoir, Mary Cassatt and Emile Zola, and she becomes involved in their lives. She visits Giverny, Montmartre, the Impressionists Exhibition, and a number of Parisian salons, giving readers a taste of the vibrant City of Paris at that time.

With questions left unanswered at the end of this intriguing story, readers will anticipate the next book in the “Mira’s Diary” series.

Written in the form of a journal / diary, this unusual, well-written mystery is beautifully infused with French history and culture, enhanced by the small pencil sketches which appear throughout.


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Jul 28, 2016

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 and bring her mother home.


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