Books by Marissa Moss

BARBED WIRE BASEBALL by Marissa Moss
Released: April 9, 2013

"A worthy companion for Ken Mochizuki and Dom Lee's Baseball Saved Us (1993). (author's note, artist's note, bibliography, index) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
Kenichi Zenimura built a baseball legacy in the Japanese-American internment camps during World War II. Read full book review >
HOME SWEET ROME by Marissa Moss
Released: April 1, 2013

"Mira's latest quest leaves readers pondering what other discoveries in the past await this dauntless time traveler. (author's note, bibliography) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Time-traveler Mira returns in a perilous mission involving the Renaissance, the Inquisition and banned books. Read full book review >
LOST IN PARIS by Marissa Moss
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"A surprise ending will leave readers anticipating Mira's next mission as she follows her mother through time and history. (bibliography) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Her mother's mysterious absence, a perplexing postcard and a unique family ability sends Mira on a race through time. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"An intimate look at a soldier's life from a compelling, historical perspective. (author's note, thumbnail biographies, timeline, bibliography) (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
A female Civil War soldier is brought alive for readers. Read full book review >
THE NAME GAME! by Marissa Moss
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 12, 2011

"Hand-lettered on lined paper like Moss' hugely popular Amelia's Notebook (1995) and its sequels, this series is likely to appeal to the same middle-grade audience but feels a touch too familiar. (Graphic fiction. 8-11)"
On her first day of fourth grade, Daphne starts a diary that quickly becomes one of doodles and disasters and sets up a new series by the creator of Amelia. Read full book review >
THE BRAVEST WOMAN IN AMERICA by Marissa Moss
BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 12, 2011

"A fitting tribute to a tough and resolute woman. (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
A girl who loves the sea becomes keeper and protector of those on the water. Read full book review >
THE PHARAOH’S SECRET by Marissa Moss
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Disappointing. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
There's no reason an author can't step away from a successful formula to try something new. Read full book review >
SKY HIGH by Marissa Moss
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 11, 2009

"An inspirational tale of an inspirational woman. (author's note, photos) (Picture book. 6-10)"
Maggie Gee longed to fly—but she grew up in the 1930s, when many women were not allowed to pilot planes. Read full book review >
MAX DISASTER #1 by Marissa Moss
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2009

In these retooled versions of Max's Logbook (2003) and Max's Mystical Logbook (2004), Moss discards the graph-paper backgrounds, expands the role of a small green pencil-topper that is (at least in the young narrator's mind) a visitor from space with telepathic powers and remixes lightly revised text and art. Read full book review >
MIGHTY JACKIE by Marissa Moss
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Intriguing, but inadequate. (bibliography) (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)"
Unlike most girls, Jackie Mitchell was encouraged to play baseball. Read full book review >
GALEN by Marissa Moss
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"For readers not yet up to Carol Lawrence's Roman Mystery series, this makes an equally agreeable combination of story and history. (glossary) (Fiction. 8-10)"
The author of the "Young American Voices" series takes readers considerably further into the past for a slave's-eye view of life in Emperor Augustus's household. Read full book review >
BRAVE HARRIET by Marissa Moss
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Aviator Gustav Hamel's lame-brained plot to impersonate Harriet is straightfowardly presented in the text but with no attempt to hide its foolish sexism. (author's note) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
As they did in True Heart (1999), Moss and Payne have produced a vivid story, with equally vibrant illustrations, inspired by a historical event. Read full book review >
HANNAH’S JOURNAL by Marissa Moss
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"The subject of Jewish persecution and emigration is seldom treated on so young a level, but the youthful tone of the narrator presents exactly the right balance of fear and hope. (Fiction. 7-9)"
In her third fictional diary, Moss tells the story of ten-year-old Hannah, a spunky and self-confident girl in a Lithuanian shtetl in 1901. Read full book review >
TRUE HEART by Marissa Moss
Released: March 1, 1999

"A rousing and romantic tale. (Picture book. 5-10)"
A deeply satisfying story of longing and hard work fulfilled, inspired by an obscure historical photograph. Read full book review >
G IS FOR GOOGOL by David M. Schwartz
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 24, 1998

"Despite a few disputes'some say it is indeed possible to create a Klein bottle—and some too-brief definitions, this overview convinces readers that math is pervasive, inescapable, huge—and never just egghead territory. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Readers who have so far successfully resisted the math curse will find themselves deftly ensorcelled by this alphabetic tally of mathematics concepts. Read full book review >
THE LAPSNATCHER by Bruce Coville
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Clara Vulliamy's Ellen and the Penguin and the New Baby (1996) and, more recently, in Clare Jarrett's Catherine and the Lion (1997). (Picture book. 3-8)"
 Jacob has a new baby sister and isn't very happy about the situation. Read full book review >
AMELIA WRITES AGAIN by Marissa Moss
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 12, 1996

"Though that particular section reflects some childlike wisdom, much of the notebook is corny. (Picture book. 7+)"
 Amelia is back, as precocious as ever. Read full book review >
AMELIA'S NOTEBOOK by Marissa Moss
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 6, 1995

"This is a carefully coordinated story that only seems like haphazard scribbling. (Picture book. 7+)"
 Amelia is a bit smug and precocious, but then so are some of our favorite nine-year-olds. Read full book review >
KNICK KNACK PADDYWACK by Marissa Moss
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1992

"A unique counting book; entertaining sf for the youngest; and just nifty good fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
 This old man is not what you expect, though his antics in Moss's creative adaptation are as ebullient as in the traditional version. Read full book review >
AFTER-SCHOOL MONSTER by Marissa Moss
FANTASY
Released: Aug. 16, 1991

"A useful extension of a frequent bedtime theme, illustrated with appropriate assertiveness and humor. (Picture book. 4-8)"
 When Luisa gets home, there's a monster waiting—huge, toothy, and spouting rhymed threats (``I'm going to crunch, to munch, to eat you for my lunch!''). Read full book review >