From School Library Journal
Gr 7-9-This first book in an exciting series by a trusted "diary" author is history plus mystery, along with a little romance tossed in. When Mira gets a mysterious postcard from her missing mother, she's angry. Where has she been? Why did she leave? Her ecstatic father, on the other hand, flies her and her brother to Paris in hopes of finding his wife. At Notre Dame, Mira discovers that she has the power to travel through time, startlingly finding herself in 1880s Paris. Unfortunately, she can't seem to control her power. Fumbling through the past, Mira runs into her mother, also a time traveler, who is on a secret mission and is in trouble. Can Mira help her mom, kiss a boy, and still get home to the right century? With an engaging story, accessible history, and a spunky heroine, Mira's Diary is an absorbing, fast-paced adventure. Fun and evocative thumbnail sketches add enormously to the book's appeal. Recommend this one to fans of R. L. LaFevers's "Theodosia" series (Houghton Harcourt).-Terry Ann Lawler, Phoenix Public Library, AZα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
The ballerinas, French poodle, and Eiffel Tower on the pink cover of Moss’ new outing seem to promise a different book than what’s in hand. Who would guess from appearances that the focus of this series starter about a time-traveling teen would be France’s nineteenth-century Dreyfus affair? Yet Mira’s assignment—a historical moment she needs to fix—is indeed the infamous spy case, which centered around falsified evidence and anti-Semitism—not your usual middle-grade fiction fare. Mira must learn to manage her newfound talent, inherited from her missing mother, and skirt the machinations of other time travelers who don’t seem to want justice for the wrongly accused Jewish military man. The famous Parisian tower and a bevy of impressionists, including Degas, end up playing a role in the intrigue, and Mira’s sketches of her adventure add a charm recalling Moss’ seminal Amelia books. Whether or not the heroine catches up to her mom somewhere in time is left, with other loose ends, for the next installment. Grades 4-7. --Karen Cruze