by Marissa Moss
Suggested Ages: 9+
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Description: Mira is shocked when she receives a postcard from her missing mother from Paris. Her father decides it's time for a trip to France to search for her. While visiting Notre Dame, Mira touches a gargoyle and is whirled into the past. There she meets the famous painter Degas and catches a brief, shocking glimpse of her mother. Mira begins to suspect that her mom didn't run out on them but is a prisoner of the past. Can one family on an incredible worldwide adventure stop a plot in time?
The Good Stuff
- The covers are adorable and I bet many will pick this up based on that alone
- Storyline is fast paced and funny at times
- Honestly I would love to have her gift. To be able to experience Paris with artists both in the past and present would be a mind blowing
- Kids will learn a little about art, history antisemitism in an age appropriate way - in other words not as boring as in history classes (trust me - when I was that age I had crappy art and history teachers - thank goodness when I hit high school I had much better teachers - that's right Mr Shore you rocked!)
- Some lovely illustrations checkered throughout
- Really appreciated Mira's thoughts and feelings on being Jewish and the atrocities committed against her people all throughout history - done very age appropriate and some lesser known pieces of history (Dreyfus affair) highlighted
- This is hard to explain but Mira doesn't come across as an authentic voice for her age. Her expressions are more that of an adult (I was a mature child for my age and not even I spoke that way) She doesn't come across as a tween/teen
- Jumps around a lot and doesn't make a lot of sense (again I am speaking more of towards who the intended audience is - many will go huh and just give up)
- Mira is alright but there really isn't a lot of character development so I never really felt really invested in what happens to her
- Instalove - not a big fan of girls falling instantly in love with a person
"Lose the book," I begged. "You're making us look like dumb tourists."
"We are dumb tourists, and this book is useful."
"Like the word "interesting" which basically means "I don't like it but don't want to hurt anybody's feelings."
"Intolerance will breed more intolerance, which will breed violence."
Who Should/Shouldn't Read
- This will be a tough sell as the book is marketed towards a MG girl but the language and Mira's actions don't fit that category
- A mature MG with a love of art will enjoy this
I received this from Sourcebooks in exchange for an honest review - sorry guys I have to be honest about what I felt (Can you tell I have guilt issues - always feel bad when I don't love a story) Again Author please remember I have no talent whatsoever as a storyteller so I am not judging you or your talents