- File Size: 1419 KB
- Print Length: 132 pages
- 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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- #1648 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Children's eBooks > Science Fiction, Fantasy & Scary Stories > Science Fiction > Time Travel
- #11027 in Books > Children's Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction
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Throw in a revered ancient civilization, the Mayan empire of present-day Mexico, and you have enough ingredients for this snappy story to bubble over.
It's also nice to see some material given to deaf role models and sign language, a refreshing change that will interest middle grade children.
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.
While visiting Mexico the two girls, through special powers, pop into an ancient pyramid. Nosing around Leila stumbles across something that terrifies Koolura. It's a.....No - I don't do spoilers! They are blipped back to an ancient Mayan Village that is in big trouble. Steps are in motion that could change civilization as we know it. If things are changed, present day earth could be doomed. Can two young girls fix things and more to the point - how do they get back?
Michael Thal is such a wonderful storyteller! This is a great story for the tween in your life (or any age). Highly recommended!
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.
As a side note, I know the author is deaf and I love the way he wove American sign language into the plot.
The pace is good and the story is well thought out. Two thumbs up!
The device that gave Koolura her powers pulls her back 1000 years into the past, where she and her almost-deaf friend Leila have adventures, face dangers, and need to solve fatally important problems under time pressure.
Who wouldn’t enjoy a story like that?
While this volume can be read in its own right, it will be far easier to get into its reality by first reading the other books in the Koolura series. We don’t want a young reader to think, “Oh, this is made up stuff, can’t be real!” In the first book, The Legend of Koolura, Koolura discovers she can do things others can’t. In book two, Koolura and the Mystery at Camp Saddleback, we see these marvels already established.
But, even starting by reading Koolura and the Mayans, a young reader will find the journey to be Kool.