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Marissa Moss
Person information
Born September 29, 1959
Jeannette, Pennsylvania,
United States
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Occupation Author
Years active

Marissa Moss (born September 29, 1959) is the author, illustrator, and creator of Amelia's Notebooks. Marissa Moss is also the author of Daphne's Diary of Daily Disasters (a spin-off of Amelia), Max Disaster, Young American Voices, several picture books and other novels.


Early careerEdit

Moss's started at first making picture books. Amelia's Notebook was her first deviation from that format, this book is in the format of a journal and hand-written by Moss in a black and white composition notebook. Moss herself says that she loves this format that she stumbled upon because it allows her to explore the world through a child's eyes. In fact, she says, "The things that happened to Amelia really happened to me--from the fire in the school to the marshmallows on the ceiling — though the names have been changed because my sister is mad enough at me already!"[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Marissa Moss first submitted a book for publication at the age of nine. She attended the University of California, Berkeley and graduated in 1979. She studied art history in graduate school for two years and then attended the California College of Arts and Crafts to study the publishing world. She, like most artists and authors, received many rejections before finally breaking into print with her book,One, Two, Three & Four. No More? published by Houghton Mifflin in 1988. She currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.[2]

Published worksEdit

Amelia's NotebooksEdit

Young American VoicesEdit

  • Rachel's Journal (2001)
  • Emma's Journal (2001)
  • Hannah's Journal (2002)
  • Rose's Journal (2003)

Max DisasterEdit

  • Alien Eraser to the Rescue (May 2009)
  • Alien Eraser Unravels the Mystery of the Pyramids (May 2009)
  • Alien Eraser Reveals the Secrets of Evolution (October 2009)

Daphne's Diary of Daily DisastersEdit

Other journalsEdit

  • Galen: My Life in Imperial Rome (October 2002)
  • Max's Logbook (July 2003)
  • Blood Diaries: Tales of a 6th-Grade Vampire (May 13, 2014)[4]


  • The Pharaoh's Secret (October 2009)
  • Mira's Diary: Lost in Paris (September 2012)
  • Mira's Diary: Home Sweet Rome (April 2, 2013)[5]
  • Mira's Diary: Bombs Over London (August 26, 2014)
  • Mira's Diary: California Dreaming (April 2016)
  • A Soldier's Secret
  • Caravaggio: Painter on the Run (2016)

Picture booksEdit

  • Brave Harriet
  • The Bravest Woman in America
  • In America
  • Mel's Diner
  • Mighty Jackie the Strike-out Queen
  • Nurse, Soldier, Spy
  • Regina's Big Mistake
  • Sky High: The True Story of Maggie Gee
  • True Heart
  • The Ugly Menorah
  • Barbed Wire Baseball

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