Mira's Diary: Bombs Over London by Marissa Moss


Mira's Diary: Bombs Over London by Marissa Moss

In the third book of the popular time-travel series, Mira navigates her way through WWI London, meeting famous suffragists and writers like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Instructed by her time-traveling mother to steal a German spy's briefcase full of secrets and pass on the information to British Intelligence, Mira struggles with whether the changes she has been working for are the right thing to do after all. How much control do we really want of history? When is it best to leave our fate in destiny's hands?


In the latest installment in the Mira's Diary time-travel series, Mira pursues her missing mother, Serena, to 1917 London. A postcard directs Mira to Room 40 of the Admiralty Building, center of British code cracking during World War I...a ripping yarn that takes readers through a women's suffrage rally and encounters with a German spy and the likes of authors H.G. Wells, Beatrix Potter and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Mira knows that she must do something about the Zimmerman Telegram, which precipitated America's entry into the Great War, but it's unclear whether it's more important to help her mother change history or simply convince her to come home. Mira's skills as a time traveler are growing, and she recognizes the Touchstones that allow her to leap to another time. She's also learning that she may need to be more discriminating about her role in her mother's plans. Lively writing and a smattering of line drawings make for an enjoyable adventure that will entice readers to go along with Mira. (author's note, bibliography) (Fantasy. 10-14) --Kirkus Reviews On her third time-travel adventure in the Mira's Diary series, Mira follows her mother's cryptic messages through London in 1917, shortly before the U.S. enters WWI. In addition to meeting suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, she has conversations with Beatrix Potter and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who convinces Mira that she must dissuade her mother from changing past events in order to avoid a future catastrophe. Mira's newfound purpose creates an interesting shift in the series

-paced narrative, which offers glimpses of London during the war. --Booklist Bombs Over London is very different from my usual choice of books. I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed it! This series has everything; time travel, culture, history, romance--these books have it covered! The graphics accompanying the book were fantastic and I found them to contribute to the flow of the story. Despite being aimed at children, this book has a lot to offer to the mature reader. Mira's Diary is the perfect place to escape to when you need a break from your reality. Mira is a fantastic protagonist, and every story is quite a fun ride with her at the lead. --Little Miss Trainwreck Reviews Veteran time-traveler Mira finds herself in London during World War I. Readers will enjoy this enthralling glimpse of history (H. G. Wells, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Emmeline Pankhurst all make appearances) related by the endearing Mira, whom SLJ previously called an intelligent, creative, and vulnerable protagonist. --School Library Journal It was very fun and it was worth reading through all the first chapters. This book was entertaining and I liked how Mira tried to solve everything on her own. I give it five stars. --San Francisco Book Review Mira is off again on the trail to find and help her time-traveling mother amidst the threat of bombs and the espionage of WWI. Mira is just developing her own time-traveling skills and has traveled back to London in 1917. She is to assist her mother in passing on valuable information to Room 40, the secret code-breaking center of the British Government. This is an enormous task, given that she can't talk to or meet with her mother while time-traveling and the ever-present Watcher is there to make certain history is not changed. Mira meets people who will them-selves change history: H.G. Wells, Emmeline Pankhurst, Beatrix Potter, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Mira must fight her own desire to tell them what she knows to be true in the future and the impact of their accomplishments. She must remain undercover and not reveal her time-traveling ability, unless perhaps one of these famous people is also a time-traveler... The Mira's Diary series, three to date, are excellent opportunities to introduce world events, historical characters, scientific inven-tions and logical thinking to young readers. The merging of technology, maps and geogra-phy, human events and logical thinking make these diaries terrific reading for elementary and middle school readers. Educators will find it easy to open the door to discussions on WWI, London, spies, and the suffragette and human rights movements and will value the list of resources provided by Moss. --Jewish Book Council

About the Author

Marissa Moss has been writing stories and drawing pictures to go with them for as long as she can remember. She sent her first book to publishers when she was nine, and although it wasn’t published, she never gave up the dream of seeing her words and pictures in print. “I loved the power words gave me. If I was mad at my older sister, I would invent someone just like her in my story and make bad things happen to that character. Then, to prove I could be nice, I’d rescue that character and make a happy ending.

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190 pages
Interest Age: From 8


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Publication date

25th September 2014



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