- File Size: 1455 KB
- Print Length: 133 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1625263511
- Publisher: Summer Solstice (March 16, 2016)
- Publication Date: March 16, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01D3UM8JY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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Koolura's dad is getting married in Mexico City. She and her best friend Leila, a deaf girl, go with Koolura's family for the wedding. Koolura has many magical powers such as time traveling. She and Leila go back in time to when the Mayans ruled Mexico. She and Leila are not the only ones brought back in time. Aliens have set up camp and plan on changing history. Maya and Leila try to stop them, but have many obstacles to overcome.
My Review: This is a Y.A. thriller/adventure story, a genre that I don't usually read. It was a joy ride to another era along with being an entertaining novel. I especially liked Koolura and Leila. Native American heroines and deaf side kicks are very unusual. I liked the originality. I think this would be a wonderful read for YA lovers of all ages. Thal has managed to teach something about history while keeping the reader glued to the pages of the book. Well done! I am an instant fan! 5/5 Stars.
This young adult novel starts off with two 12 year old girls, Koolura and her friend Leila taking what would seem like an ordinary trip to Mexico to attend a wedding. But very quickly the seemingly ordinary trip turns into an adventure with travel through both space and time with big consequences for planet earth at stake. Of course aliens are involved.
Koolura has special powers and is considered a “goddess” and Leila is deaf.
Thal easily weaves lessons about civics and about Mayan history into this exciting story; however to me the most important lesson is the one about the strong friendship between the girls. As the adventure ensues Thal never forgets to convey the incredible friendship between the two girls. The warm and fuzzy feeling I got only grew as I progressed through the story.
It is hard to put the book down as you are drawn into the story. As the novel progresses Thal does an excellent job of getting the reader to wonder if the girls will be successful in their mission.
After their whirlwind escapade it is very comforting how Thal returns them back to their normal life supposedly to continue their friendship for a long time.
The plot is fast-moving as Koolura and her best friend, Leila, teleport to Oaxaca, Mexico to attend Koolura’s father’s wedding to Terri Lather. Leila’s parents are archaeologists, specializing in pre-Columbian culture, and Leila is anxious to explore ancient Mayan ruins. Their first stop is Monte Alban, the most important archaeological site in the Valley of Oaxaca. While they are exploring one of the ancient pyramids, where they don’t belong, they are thrown back in time over a thousand years where they encounter an alien race from the future enslaving the Mayans.
There were several twists which, without Koolura’s and Leila’s fast thinking, could have left us all with a wholly different future. The fact that the girls stumbled along the way added a touch of realism to their adventure. They are only twelve years-old, but they are smart, and a bit mischievous — they did break into a pyramid — after all. I also love the fact that these two friends communicate using American Sign Language like it is their own secret language. I can’t wait to see where their adventures take them next, the possibilities are now endless.
FYI: Koolura and the Mayans is the third book in the Koolura Series. Following book one, The Legend of Koolura, and book two, Koolura and the Mystery at Camp Saddleback. As with the first two books of this series, I think Mr. Thal included enough background material that this book could be enjoyed as a standalone. **Originally written for "BigAl’s Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy.** April 25, 2016
Format/Typo Issues: I noticed no issues at all with proofing or formatting.