Love the journal entries that add to the charm of this series. Huge pluses include weaving in historical information about such things as how the Renaissance wasn't all that perfect with the Inquisition and the treatment of Jewish people. Mira's adventures have her searching for Giordano Burno who was burned at the stake for heresy. These people did exist and the author tells the fate of others in the author notes.
One fascinating concept that the author touches on is string theory and the possible consequences of time travel. We see history unwind through the eyes of the tween time traveler. This includes the lush beauty and also harsh realities of 16th century Rome. Yes, the smells must have been very intense!
Adventurous tale that takes readers to 16th century Rome with a time traveler tween who longs to find her mother while also being swept up in the intrigue of Renaissance Rome. A must add to any school/library collection.
2. Journal like entries add to charm
3. Love how author shows string theory in a way that's fairly easy to understand