October 19, 2012

Blog Tour: Mira’s Diary: Lost in Paris by Marissa Moss with G!veaway

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Mira’s Diary: Lost in Paris by Marissa Moss

presented by Sourcebooks!

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

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?

 Mira’s Diary: Lost in Paris by Marissa Moss
Publication Date:  September 4, 2012
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

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** This title was provided to us by the Publisher for an honest review.
We were in no way paid for our opinions ** 

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.

Mira’s Diary (which I feel is a more suitable shortened form, agreed?) is the story of fourteen year old Mira; a Jewish girl with a missing mother who has been missing for a long amount of time. Upon receiving a postcard from her mother, Mira’s family finds themselves on a trip to Paris where (after touching) a gargoyle she ends up flying into the nineteenth century in a quest to change the past.

The one thing that instantly caught my interest was that Mira was fourteen, that’s close to my age group and I immediately wanted to see if author Marissa Moss would be capable of making a fourteen year old girl realistic.

I find it great to say that Marissa Moss not only succeeded, but also did not have to use “foul language” during any scene of the novel. Considering that this is middle-grade, that shouldn’t be surprising, but nonetheless I have found that in YA to make a character more realistic authors will add swears as a way to represent the hormones or something—and that’s not the case in Mira’s Diary. It’s actually a really cute book despite what comes about later and that is:

Racism and racism against Jewish people.

While in the past, Mira finds herself having to change a past event that involves a wrongly accused Jewish man. Apparently in nineteenth century France, the people were extremely biased towards the Jewish community and treated them in ways that you can only find in a history book considering that it’s a lot different than the way people act in the present. I found it a bit dark, but I have gotta admit that it was really innovative.

When it comes to today’s readers, I’d definitely tell them to read this novel as a way to recognize that the past really is important and that it’s best not to forget what has happened before our time.

The coolest part about the novel’s plot was that apparently some of the event’s, plot points and are based on real things. Really, how many time-travelling novels are based on actual things? I’m sure that some readers can name a few, but since I’ve seldom found them, I found that part awesome and straight up great!

I’d recommend Mira’s Diary: Lost in Paris to readers who want a quick read, a novel that is eye-opening and to readers who want to step away from the YA scene with a great book.

About the Author:

I was born in Pennsylvania, but my family moved to California when I was two, and I’ve been here ever since. I grew up in the southern part of the state and now live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I studied art at San Jose State but fought too much with my art teachers (I was very opinionated – I wanted to do my kind of art; they wanted me to do theirs). So I transferred to the University of California at Berkeley where I didn’t take a single English or Art class. Mostly I took history where I learned how to do research, tools that have helped me in making the historical journals and working on my Young Adult novel. Then I took classes at the California College of Arts and Crafts for a year since I didn’t want another degree and a year’s tuition was all I could afford. I just wanted some guidance on how to break into childrens books.

I waited tables while I sent out stories, waiting for some editor to fall in love with my work. There was no fall-back plan, no alternative career. I’d still be waiting tables if I weren’t lucky enough to have gotten that first book. And after that, the second one, and then the third and the fourth and the fifth. . . .

Each new book is still a challenge. It’s hard work and I love every minute of it.

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  1. jennrenee

    this is a new one for me. I need to check it out. It looks so good and I love the cover. Great review. thanks for the giveaway.

  2. alicia marie

    This sounds like it would be a good book. I’ve found quite a few MG books lately that I’ve liked more than I thought Iwould : ) Thanks for the great review and giveaway!

  3. Nora-Adrienne

    I love the story idea, and especially the time travel aspect. I’m a big fan of the old sci fi time traveler stuff.

  4. Cassi

    This sounds really unique and I would LOVE to read it.

  5. Carl

    Sure, I’d like to say Happy Birthday to my sister Alicia. Ha Ha!

  6. Natasha

    Sounds really good!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  7. Maureen

    It looks like a story I would enjoy.

  8. Grace Lo

    I’ve heard a few of the blog tour posts around and am intrigued by the idea of time travel in the story! Can’t wait!

  9. Lauren

    This looks like a good book I can share with my daughters.

  10. Lisa Vazquezanzua

    Awesome review like always!! The book sounds really good!! Love this website!!

  11. Julie R

    This book sounds very interesting. I would love a chance to read it. Thanks for the giveaway.

  12. liane

    Thank you for the giveaway :)

  13. liane

    Thank you for the giveaway :)

  14. Holly Letson

    Love that song. What made you choose it?

  15. Chapter by Chapter

    Well in the novel, when main character Mira travels into the past she received a letter from her mother telling her how she is a time traveller and basically explains her destiny in the 1800s. I like to think that in the song the repeated lyrics “all the things she said running through my head” help show that everything Mira read from her mother is constantly on her mind.

  16. Lindy Gomez

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!!

  17. Amanda T

    Wow! Sounds great and that cover page it just too cute!
    Thanks for the giveaway

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