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The Well of Sacrifice Hardcover – March 30, 1999
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Cynthia M. Sturgis, Ledding Library, Milwaukee, OR
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Top Customer Reviews
"The Well of Sacrifice" is a fast-paced, exiting book filled with adventure, and is a great way to learn about the ancient Maya. There are many interesting plot twists. This book is also fun to read, and the words flow nicely. I would reccomend "The Well of Sacrifice" to almost anyone.
While Maya nobility and royalty play a key role in the story, the focus of Bloch's book is on the common people, specifically one young girl named Eveningstar Macaw, and how, through the will of her personality, changes this one Maya city. The Story is not action-filled until the last 40 pages or so, but it moves quickly and Evengstar is well-developed.
She's very respectful and religious, but not blindly so. She's free-thinking and logical, while also proscribing to her deep religious foundational beliefs (sacrifices and all).
Through Eveningstar, author Bloch takes the reader on a tour of Mayan society, and this what makes the book truly standout. We read about the Maya culture, religion, as well as their calendaring system. As Eveningstar finds her way through the difficulties of Mayan life, the reader learns about the society's professions, food, hobbies, trade, death rituals, medicinal and construction capabilities, and military. Bloch even builds a scene at a ball court, found at many Maya sites throughout Mesoamerica. The story concludes with a view into some of the climatological, military, religious and societal reasons as to why the Classic Maya age came to an end.Read more ›
In the beginning of the book, Eveningstar met a Savage. Though he was an enemy of her people, he was kind to her. Next, the king died and the high priest took over the city. With the help of the Savage, Eveningstar worked hard to save her family and the city, making the high priest very angry. Finally, the high priest threw Eveningstar into the Well of Sacrifice.
The author included many details about the life of the ancient Maya. For example, people in Eveningstar's city worshiped Mayan gods, like Itzamna and Ah Puch. Also, Eveningstar went out into the jungle to gather plants, such as snake root, to use as medicine. In addition, their food included tortillas, corn, fruits, squash and beans.
The Well of Sacrifice is an adventure-filled book. Readers ages nine and up would enjoy reading this book.
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This is a great read for middle schoolers and upper elementary kids. Historical fiction based in the Mayan Empire, this read will entertain and educate at the same time. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I read this book aloud to my kids (ages 7, 9, and 12). They were very skeptical of whether it would be good when we began, but after the first chapter they were hooked. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jakebreak
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I was looking for materials to supplement our unit on Ancient Mesoamerica to teach to a mix of 7th/8th graders for next year. This one seemed to fit the bill. Read morePublished 20 months ago by JBar
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I read this book with my sixth graders. We all enjoyed it. The only problem is that they said it ended terrible. I was a little bit more than agreeing on that. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
We used this for a unit study with my high school students. The reading level is not that difficult, but the material does contain very detailed, sometimes graphic portrayals of... Read morePublished 23 months ago by HJK