Published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky on April 2nd 2013
As if traveling to a new country in search of her missing mother weren't difficult enough, Mira has to do it dressed as a boy. In a different century.
A new postcard from her time-traveling mother points Mira to the 16th century Rome. But before she can rescue her mom, she must follow the clues left around the city to find Giordano Bruno, a famous thinker and mathematician, who discovered something so shocking that important Italian officials don't want it revealed. All the while avoiding the Watchers--time-traveling police who want Mira back in her own time.
It's another whirlwind adventure for Mira, and this time she is determined to bring her mother out of the past.
Praise for Mira's Diary: Lost in Paris
"An engrossing, diary-style blend of history, mystery, and time travel."--Publishers Weekly
"With an engaging story, accessible history, and a spunky heroine, Mira's Diary is an absorbing, fast-pace adventure."--School Library Journal
"Mira's Diary: Lost in Paris is a passionate celebration of honor and integrity...fast paced and compelling."--Karen Cushman, Newberry Medal Winner and New York Times bestselling author
I received this book for free from publisher/pr firm in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
If your like me you probably have quite a few reviews that have been sitting in a draft pile on your computer just waiting to be posted. Well I decided that it was high time they came out of the draft pile and onto the blog.
This is my first one. Not quite sure why it was never posted but it was read.
This is the second book in the series and like the first one its filled with action, mystery and a little bite about history which I think is perfect for the middle grade kids. Not only are they reading a great story they are learning a little as well.
Mira knows she is just like her mother and that they both are time travelers. This is all new to Mira so she is trying to figure it all out will trying to avoid the danger of the Watchers.
Home Sweet Rome brings Mira Rome with her brother and father. Its when Mira touches a touchstone that she is whisked to a 16th century Rome. It is there that she meets the famous artist Caravaggio as well as the thinker Giordano Bruno.
We all know that Giordarno Bruno is a famous mathematician and philosopher but he had revolutionary ideas about the modern world and this was in direct contradiction to the Church during the Inquisition. Bruno said that the earth revolves around the sun and that all matter is compiled of the same small particles of life, it was there that Bruno was threatened to be burnt at the stake, and that the Church would destroy his works and destroy his intents at allowing his ideas to be developed in the future. Mira is trying to help him but has to be careful that she doesn’t draw the attention of the Watchers who are set on destroying her plans.
Mira has to control her power but can she?
I don’t want to give too much away since this is book two in the series but I will tell you that its a fun and enjoyable read. I know I read this much faster then I should have.
The book is told in diary format with drawings throughout the book. I highly recommend reading Lost in Paris the first book to fully understand what is going on in the book but I do think you can read it as a stand alone.
There is a third book called Mira’s Diary: Bombs Over London