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Back in my middle school days, I went through a historical ficti
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.
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Posted July 29, 2013
Got this for my daughter, who has enjoyed this author and likes the journal-style graphic design, which reproduces nicely on the HD+. I glanced at the first chapter, and it looks like an engaging mystery.
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Posted March 14, 2013
booksbysteph says "Entertaining and Educational For All Age
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Mira's Mom has disappeared. No one has any idea why she is gone or where she is. Mira's Dad says Mom loves her and her brother and she will come back someday. After six months, Mira finds a Paris-themed postcard in the mail stating that she needed to figure things out.
On the same day, Mira's Dad finds out he received a grant to photograph the wonders of the world and he is taking the kids along for the ride. With the arrival of the postcard, first stop - Paris! Hoping they will find their Mom, they decide to start looking at the Notre Dame cathedral to see the gargoyle on the front of Mom's postcard. Mira touched the gargoyle and was instantly transported to April 2, 1881. Confused and alone, she starts walking down the street and spots her Mom sitting at a sidewalk cafe. When Mira called out to her Mom, her Mom jumped into a waiting carriage and left, leaving Mira even more confused.
I GIVE THIS BOOK: 4 1/2 out of 5 stars
Even though this book is intended for teenagers, I found it quite entertaining. The author used art to set the scene and where better to be around famous artists but Paris, France. Not only are you going to read an entertaining book, you will also get a lesson in art and history. Little sketches are included in the book to help with your visualization. However, it s the moral of the story that is the most important and what children need to take away from this book - it is okay to stand up for what you believe in, even is the whole country is against you. You have to stand up for yourself and your values and what is right and wrong. Do not let the pressure of others keep you silent. There is so much to learn in this book.
The book ended very abruptly. For an author it was the perfect place to stop because when it ended, all I wanted was more!
Until next time, live life one page at a time!