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Mira's Diary: California Dreaming

190p. Creston. Apr. 2016. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9781939547224.
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Gr 4–7—After adventures in Rome, Paris, and London, Mira, her father, and brother are finally back home in San Francisco. The family thinks that Mira's mother is somewhere back in time in San Francisco, attempting the forbidden—changing the past. Mira is desperate to stop her mother from interfering. She and her brother are sure that whatever happens, they'll be able to handle it without their mother's meddling. While looking for her, Mira meets Samuel Clemens and takes a job helping him report on plays. She learns about what it was like to be an immigrant in America in the late 19th and early 20th century and about censorship in America. The protagonist is shocked to discover the true identity of the watcher and of the mysterious boy whom she's met in every time period throughout the previous novels. Fast-paced and full of details, the wrap-up of this series gives answers to all of the questions posed in earlier books.
VERDICT A satisfying conclusion. Recommended to fans of the series and Moss's other works.

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