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Mira's Diary: Lost in Paris Hardcover – September 4, 2012
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Our story begins when young Mira receives a strange postcard of a gargoyle from Notre Dame in Paris from her mother, who has been missing without any explanation for many months. Not only is the black and white postcard very old-fashioned looking, so is the faded French stamp. And "who sends postcards anymore?," wonders Mira.
With the postcard their only clue, Mira, her father, and her 16-year old brother take off to Paris, hoping to find her mother. They check into a quaint hotel in the Marais, Paris' historic Jewish quarter, before going off to explore the famous cathedral. Mira can't help looking everywhere for her mother, but it's not until she touches a gargoyle on the top gallery of the cathedral that she realizes she's been looking in the wrong century! Magically transported to April, 1881, Mira not only befriends a good-looking young man who turns out to be an assistant to the famous French artist Degas, she also finds herself embroiled in the Dreyfus affair, a political scandal that involved the French army and virulent anti-Semitism in the French military and society at large. Mira spots her mother several times, and receives several mysterious and secret notes from her.Read more ›
Mira's mom disappeared six months ago, and hasn't been heard from since. But, on June 11 a postcard from Paris arrives, signed by her mother. Along with her brother Malcolm and their dad, the family travels to France to look for their missing mom.
They head to where the postcard was taken, Notre Dame cathedral. When Mira touches a gargoyle, she suddenly finds herself back in the past, in 1881, France. And guess what? She sees her mom there too. They are both time travelers. However, Mira's mom won't talk to her and explain what is happening. Every time Mira sees her, her mom runs away.
Mira is on her own, but finds friends with artists like Degas and Mary Cassatt. Soon Mira is deep into a mystery involving a falsely accused soldier who is hated because he is Jewish. Mira hopes that by solving the mystery, she will get to go home and bring her mom with her.
I had a hard time deciding what I wanted to say about this book. First off, though middle grade in style, some of the elements felt older to me, there's even mention of the mom leaving the family because of a love affair. Also, the main arc never concludes. We are left with the same questions we started with.
The main story line is about intolerance to Jewish persons. I found that the subject was a bit too heavy for the lightness of the book. This is the part I have a hard time describing. I just felt there was too much of the subject matter and it overwhelmed the story.
Now, the time traveling premise is great, and holds lots of promise. Unfortunately the mom is never able to tell us much about it.Read more ›
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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There was no ending to this book. I guess we have to wait for the sequel. No thanks I'll pass.Published 21 months ago by Jeopardy Jane
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My 9 year old daughter loved it and read it all in 2 days. Not only was it obviously entertaining but it has sparked in interest in important artists such as Degas and Monet. Read morePublished on July 19, 2013 by K Stephens
The story caught my attention to begin, but I was not satisfied with the conclusion. It seemed like the story just trailed off towards the end. Read morePublished on June 20, 2013 by Tracie E. Ervin
I really loved this book; however, I was a bit confused by the ending. I'll assume the next in the series will help clarify. Read morePublished on June 20, 2013 by Pamela
I thought it was fair at best. Since I started it, I finished it but would not recommend it. I could at all times put it down.Published on June 9, 2013 by shirley cook
good book for teens with positive values. Deals with French history plus impressionist artists plus fantasy. what's not to love!Published on June 9, 2013 by patstrec