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Gr 6-9-In this sequel to Lost in Paris (Sourcebooks, 2012), Mira, her brother, and their father receive a cryptic message from their mother, who is still hidden somewhere in the fabric of time on a secret mission. Mira's gift for time travel transports her to 16th-century Rome through touchstones, though she still can't seem to control how or when, and she hobnobs with famous artists like Caravaggio and his forward-thinking circle of philosophers and scientists. Moss's writing is conversational, accessible, and engaging. Small sketches dot the pages, adding to the book's charm and appeal. The historical figures are given genuine voices, and Rome's present and past topography leaps off the pages. Struggling readers within the book's target audience may find the blend of real and fictional characters, the fast-paced jumps between the present and past, and the theories of time and space confusing. Mira's Jewish heritage and stance against anti-Semitism are only briefly mentioned in the story, unlike in Lost in Paris, where they help drive the narrative. Readers will continue to root for Mira, an intelligent, creative, and vulnerable protagonist with strong convictions to do what is right.-Elly Schook, Jamieson Elementary School, Chicagoα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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In the second volume of the Mira’s Diary series, a postcard from her time-traveling mom sends Mira, her brother, and her father to Rome. Traveling back in time to 1600, Mira meets the artist Caravaggio as well as the philosopher-astronomer Giordano Bruno. Although the enigmatic, disquieting messages from Mom propel the plot forward, her time-travel story goes unexplained. Moss’ research is evident, even without the appended bibliography, but since the historical characters are unconvincing, the past never really comes alive on the page. Small ink drawings, purportedly from Mira’s sketchbook, are a pleasant addition to the first-person narrative. For larger collections. Grades 4-7. --Carolyn Phelan

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 760L (What's this?)
  • Series: Mira's Diary
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140226609X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402266096
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marissa Moss has been telling stories and drawing pictures to go with them for as long as she can remember. She sent her first book to publishers when she was nine, but it wasn't very good and it never got published. She didn't try again until she was a grown-up, but since then she hasn't stopped.

The idea for the first Amelia's Notebook came from the notebook Moss kept when she was a kid. Amelia is a lot like her and the things that happen to Amelia really happened to Marissa (mostly).

Along with Amelia, Moss has created many characters and is especially drawn to history. Historical books allows her to imagine what it's like to be alive in a different place at a completely different time. And then there are the Max Disaster books which allow her to play with scientific experiments, inventions, and comic strips.

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A sequel to Mira's Diary: Home Sweet Rome, Mira has now found that she is a time traveler and also knows where her mother is. Following her mothers clues, she is lead to Rome with her bigger brother Malcolm and her photo snapping dad, and already they fine a clue! Following her mothers path, Mira touches another touchstone and gets whisked back into 16th century Rome! Now, Mira has to follow clues and use her wits to find the famous thinker and mathematician Giordano Bruno, who has discovered a shocking secret? Can Mira save Giordano and return to 2012 with her mom?

This was a very cute read. It's a historical fiction/fantasy book written in first person. Mira has a dorky side that tends to appear when talking to boys she deems as "cute", so many girls would be able to relate to that. Any girl who has ever had a crush that they act dorky around would be able to relate to her embarrassment when attempting to chat with boys.
The only thing that annoyed me was that Mira kept returning to her present time just when the story gets good in the 16th century. Other than that, Home Sweet Rome wasn't annoying. The very beginning was slightly boring, but not by a lot. It was just interesting enough to keep you reading, but you could stop any time you wanted.

I'm guessing there will be a third book, because the 2nd one doesn't end the story in a satisfying way. If there isn't a third book, I would be kinda upset, because the book doesn't tell you about the happy ending. It just kinda ends. I think reading a different sequel by this author would be cool, so any other books by Marissa Moss are something I would read in the summer.
Home Sweet Rome has a very good flow and it doesn't go by to fast or to slow. It also has a very clear and easy to understand plot line, so that is very helpful to people who have trouble reading books and understanding the story. I recommend this book for kids ages 9-13, and I'm pretty sure they would love it.
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By Alt on July 10, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Rather slow-moving
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By Theresa on June 17, 2013
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It's good but not as good as some books I've read. But I love this book like so many others. I hope that u make another Mira's Diary soon!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Esther Olefin on August 29, 2013
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My daughter LOVED this book, along w/ the first book in the series ("Mira's Diary: Lost in Paris"). After reading it, she was telling me all about Roman history. Not only was the book educational, but it got her "hooked." She often gets bored by books and abandons them, but this book really kept her reading. This is definitely a big step up in maturity from "Magic Tree House" (Jack & Annie) books, but it still teaches history. It seems there was a real niche there waiting to be filled. In case you're wondering, my daughter is nine-years-old, but it seems like kids in a wide age range would enjoy this.

Our only complaint is that the sequel (there has to be one) is not yet out, and it's VERY HARD TO WAIT!! :)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tanya S. on April 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Great book. Praise to Marissa again. A exciting cliff for fans of Lost In Paris. Want a third one to come out. Go Rome!!!
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