When Mira’s mother, who left the family without explanation many weeks earlier, sends a mysterious postcard from Paris, Mira, her father and her brother travel to France to find her. Mira soon discovers that she and her mother have the unusual ability to be transported in time, and her mother needs help to change the events surrounding the Dreyfus Affair and be able to come home.
During Mira’s adventures in 19th century Paris, she meets artists and musicians and learns about contemporary attitudes toward Jews. The many details about art movements, politics, and the French judicial system threaten to overwhelm the novel, but Moss’ exciting plot and Mira’s bravery and willingness to do whatever is necessary to bring her mother home keep the reader engaged.
An extensive author’s note gives more information about the events described in the novel, and a bibliography provides suggestions for further reading. Recommended for ages 10 – 14.