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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Mira's Diary: Home Sweet Rome by Marissa Moss

Mira's Diary: Home Sweet Rome 
by Marissa Moss
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
ISBN: 978-1-4022-6609-6
Suggested Ages: 9-12
Buy from Indigo

Description: 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.

The Good Stuff
  • Fascinating  information about a lesser known part about history
  • As I mentioned in my review for the first book in the series, I would love to have the gift of time travel - to be able to see the world before over development  - not that would be a true gift
  • Good messages about doing the right thing, faith and family
  • Realistic thoughts and emotions for a young girl in regards to her heritage. This was a saving grace for me for this book

The Not So Good Stuff
  • Still feel no emotional attachment to Mira - she just doesn't feel real. Her words and her actions don't jive with me.  Her words are those of a mature adult, not a teen
  • Jumps around too much and often makes no sense
  • More of a history lesson than a story with flesh and blood characters
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"I stood there frozen with doubt, while unshaven, unwashed people jostled around me. I'd had no idea what great inventions soap and shampoo were."

"It's easy to defend people you like. The hard thing is supporting those you don't."

"That's in Florence where they charge you to enter any church. But we have to go through a security screening."
"You're kidding!" Malcolm rolled his eyes. "What's the Pope afraid of? Doesn't he have God on his side?"

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • For those more mature Middle grade girls interested in art and history, especially Jewish history
3 Dewey's

I received this from Sourcebooks in exchange for an honest review


  1. I agree this is more history than story. I'm currently reading it with my daughter and she thinks it's okay but not much else.

    1. Exactly - its not one kids are going to pick up and gush about - good to feel I am not alone : )