When Mira gets her mother’s postcard, she’s not sure how to react. After all, her mother had disappeared six months ago, and now one measly postcard. Still, Mira’s father is convinced that the postcard is a clue and that Mira’s mother, Serena, might be in trouble. He takes the family to Paris to search for Serena. Then, on the first day of the trip, Mira touches a gargoyle at Notre Dame, and everything changes. Mira is plunged back in time to 1881. There she discovers that her mother is also a time traveler, and they have a mission to accomplish before they can return to their everyday lives in 2012.
Moss integrates details of modern and historical Paris in this quick paced adventure that revolves around an important historical event and some of the most famous artists in the world, including Renoir, Degas, Monet, and Mary Cassatt. Readers will be intrigued by the mysteries Mira must solve in order to change history and protect her mother in the process. With lots of twists and emotion, this series opener by the author of the Amelia’s Notebooks series is sure to be a hit.
Reviewed by Melendra.