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Lost Souls: Burning Sky (Lost Souls (Running Press)) Paperback – May 10, 2011

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From School Library Journal

Gr 4-7–This first book in a trilogy, which takes the Maya 2012 apocalypse prophecy as a central plot point, is surely intended to appeal to fans of Rick Riordan's “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” books (Hyperion), but that series is funnier and far less murky. Nathan has been picked by the Maya god Kukulkan to play a mysterious live-action game (board game included with the book). He isn't supplied with any rules or instructions–all he knows is that the Game is dangerous and the stakes are high. Funny, smart-alecky dialogue and neatly drawn characters are not enough to make up for the book's uneven pace and choppy plot. The disjointed action takes place in dreams, in waking dreams, and finally in the real world, but the transitions between these settings are awkward. Nathan's indecision about whether to even play the Game is particularly drawn out and talky, as he is guided and advised by a talking monkey, a dead police officer, the god Kukulkan, and his deceased mother. Screamingly up-to-date, with references to Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter, this book may attract readers who are gluttons for adventure, but most of them will be put off by the long periods of inaction.Paula Willey, Baltimore County Public Library, Towson, MD
© Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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There has been a great deal of interest in the Mayan prediction of a 2012 apocalypse, and this trilogy kick-off ties the fate of all humankind to—surprise!—a wisecracking, unpopular seventh-grader. Nathan’s daily grind of slugging through boring tests and avoiding sneak-attack swirlies upshifts when he finds an ancient board game in the closet of his archaeologist father. (Lost Souls comes packaged with a replica of this game.) Soon Nathan finds himself locked in a competition that opens new alternate worlds (called frequencies) traversed by a fantastical figure named Kukulkan, Nathan’s dead mother, and hordes of the frequency-challenged (aka ghosts), who plead for Nathan’s help in putting their souls to rest. What begins as supernatural fantasy settles into Nathan’s investigation of the killing of an unjustly demonized cop. So far, the game element is little more than a lackluster metaphor in an overlong book. But there remains hope: both Nathan and Kukulkan are interesting adversaries, and the 2012 connection has only begun to be mined. Grades 6-9. --Daniel Kraus --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Series: Lost Souls (Running Press) (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press Kids (May 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762442182
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762442188
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,232,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I write in a number of fields, but always with the hope of telling an interesting tale that will incite a reader to think for himself or herself, to examine his or her own place in the world, and offer a little nudge in the direction of dreams, faith, and personal growth in spite of whatever odds a person has to face. I also believe we were all put here for a purpose. Hopefully, several purposes. I'm a father, a little league coach, a teacher, a friend, and a writer. I struggle to keep that balance, as many of us do these days, but I hold tightly to the belief that I'm doing all I can be doing, and doing what I should be doing.

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A Kid's Review on May 31, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I like the ghosts in the story. The ghosts are called lost souls. The main character is Nathan. The story starts with his 13th birthday. He is the only person that can see or talk with ghosts in the home frequency after his 13th birthday. I like the story because Nathan has the power to communicate with lost souls and to travel through the frequencies. Each frequency is like a different world. When he looks through frequencies, he can see objects that are buried underground or in a wall. He has a little help from his cousin to solve the mystery of who murdered John Montoya, a police officer.

The book even comes with a board game. It is the same game that Nathan plays in the story.
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Nathan Richards smart teenager who refuses to live up to his potential, always living in his older cousin's shadow. But on the night he turns 13, he is given a strange and unique gift. He can travel between different frequencies (realities) and talk to the dead. With this gift, he has to play a game tied to Mayan mythology against Kukulkan. And Nathan has to win in order to save the world from ending on December 21, 2012.

The first in a new trilogy, the novel for middle readers come packaged with a copy of the actual game from the story. And the game's instructions are detailed at the end of the book. Whereas, Nathan must learn the rules and game instructions throughout the course of his adventures. Nathan is a likeable kid, with a tragic family. His mother died when he was born. And his father is so focused on his work, that he neglects his only child. And though Nathan is reluctant about the Game, he is focused on doing the right thing, even if it means putting himself in jeopardy.

With the popularity of Mayan culture in children's books lately, this new trilogy has a fun niche literally incorporating a game - and helps to pull the reader even more into the story. This first in the trilogy is fast-paced, full of mystery and wonder. The adventure and suspense will attract readers of all ages. It's fun, engaging, and exciting. Ending with a mild cliffhanger counting down to the supposed end of the world, I eagerly await the next installment.
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Got this for my daughter for Christmas .. it is a book and game .. I bought it for a dollar used (new but imperfect) and it is an awesome Mayan story about 2012 .. I am not a 2012er but I think it is cool .. I want to break it out for her now :)
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