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Marissa Moss
General information
Gender Female
Age 52
Born September 29, 1959
Jeannette, Pennsylvania,
United States
Voice of
Occupation Author
Years active

Marissa Moss (born September 29, 1959) is the author, illustrator, and creator of Daphne's Diary of Daily Disasters. She is well known for her book in her Amelia series. Marissa Moss has also, written several other notebook-like journals, novels, and picture books.


Early careerEdit

Moss's started at first making picture books. Amelia's Notebook|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
  • Emma's Journal
  • Hannah's Journal
  • Rose's Journal

Max DisasterEdit

  • Alien Eraser to the Rescue
  • Alien Eraser Unravels the Mystery of the Pyramids
  • Alien Eraser Reveals the Secrets of Evolution

Daphne's Diary of Daily DisastersEdit

Other journalsEdit

  • Max's Logbook
  • Galen: My Life in Imperial Rome
  • Blood Diaries


  • The Pharaoh's Secret
  • Mira's Diary:Lost in Paris

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

External linksEdit