From Library Journal
Grade 5-8-In the Inca culture, during times of great stress, such as crop failures, young women were chosen to become human sacrifices, and it was considered a great honor to be selected. This brief but moving account follows the fate of Timta, a girl chosen to leave her family and become one of those servants of the gods. When she learns what her fate is to be, she rebels. In an afterword, the author admits that the kind of struggle against established norms that her character demonstrates would have been highly unlikely in the structured Inca society. The author prefaces each chapter with related details of the actual discovery of a mummified body of a young girl on the slopes of Nevado Ampato in 1995. The telling details of daily life and the satisfactory resolution of the conflict make this a worthwhile selection. While it stands on its own, the story could also be used as supplemental reading for students studying the culture. Try pairing it with Johan Reinhard's photo-essay Discovering the Inca Ice Maiden (National Geographic, 1998).David N. Pauli, Portland Jewish Academy, OR
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