Books by Marissa Moss

AMELIA'S MIDDLE-SCHOOL GRADUATION YEARBOOK by Marissa Moss
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 20, 2015

"A hint at the end leaves room for this series to evolve into high school; Amelia may be a bit long in the tooth, but devoted fans will follow. (Graphic fiction. 8-12)"
In this newest, 20th-anniversary offering of the Amelia's Notebook series, Amelia graduates middle school and reminisces about all she has learned along the way. Read full book review >
WHEELS OF CHANGE by Darlene Beck Jacobson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Readers will empathize with Emily as she goes through her own changes, and they will applaud her heroism in more than one chapter. (author's note, photographs, recipes, bibliography, websites) (Historical fiction. 8-11)"
Changes fomenting both locally and nationally during the final year of Theodore Roosevelt's presidency are seen through the eyes of feisty, bighearted Emily Soper, daughter of a carriage maker in Washington, D.C. Read full book review >
BOMBS OVER LONDON by Marissa Moss
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"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)"
In the latest installment in the Mira's Diary time-travel series, Mira pursues her missing mother, Serena, to 1917 London. Read full book review >
BLOOD DIARIES by Marissa Moss
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 21, 2014

"Crisis averted, at the end, Edgar is left looking ahead with fresh confidence to seventh grade. Happily, a planned sequel will allow readers to follow him there. (recipe for 'Chocolate Blood Pudding') (Light fantasy. 10-12)"
With understandable difficulty, a sixth-grader with a mighty secret tries to earn acceptance from both his human schoolmates and his undead family. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >