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Middleworld (The Jaguar Stones, Book One) Paperback – April 27, 2010
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"A simply awesome read. Different to any book I've read because of all the Maya information. I definitely look forward to the next two books in the series!"
--Flamingnet Book Reviews - Top Choice Award
"Kids will love the twists and turns of the story, and cheer along with Max as he rescues his parents, gets the girl (well, gets the girl as his best friend)and saves the K'in (the Mayan word for day). Parents will love what the book provides to their teens: a glimpse into the world of archeology, an educational look at another culture and several valuable life lessons."
--Upper Valley Life Magazine
"I predict this trilogy will be popular with fans of Anthony Horowitz, Roland Smith, and even Harry Potter fans... Plenty of action and humour will keep readers on the edge of their seats."
--Teens Read Too - Five Star Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Author
The Jaguar Stones are fictional, as are all the main characters except for Friar Diego DeLanda. He was the true-life Spanish priest who, in 1562, reduced the sum of Ancient Maya knowledge to ashes by making one huge bonfire of all their hundreds of folding bark books. (As far as we know, only three books and a fragment of a fourth survived.)
San Xavier is a fictional country based on present-day Belize. Maya or Mayan? We have followed the scholarly precedent of using Maya as both noun and adjective to describe the people and their culture, reserving the word Mayan for the family of thirty languages still spoken by the six million Maya living in Central America today. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
In MIDDLEWORLD readers meet Max Murphy. His parents are archaeologists. He is sick of the old pottery and ancient artifacts that are forever causing his parents to head off to foreign countries. Max is always left in Boston to fend for himself with the help of Zia, their housekeeper. Max would like a little adventure -- as long as it involves pizza and video games. Adventure begins for Max when Zia informs him that plans have changed this time. Instead of heading off to a wilderness camp in Maine, Max is being sent to San Xavier to join his parents.
Max arrives in San Xavier only to find that Mr. and Mrs. Murphy have disappeared. Uncle Ted becomes Max's instant guardian, and the search for his parents begins. At the time of their disappearance, they were exploring an ancient Maya pyramid deep in the rain forest. All that's left is Mr. Murphy's jacket and Mrs. Murphy's earring. Max soon finds himself lost in the rain forest that may be responsible for his parents' death.
As the story unfolds, readers will learn quite a bit of Maya history. Hidden pyramids and ruins are scattered throughout the rain forest, and each holds mysterious treasures and secrets of the ancients and how they may still have powers in the modern world. The adventure is filled with crazy characters, secret passageways and hidden chambers, Maya traditions and superstitions, talking monkeys, and blood-thirsty warriors. The mysterious Jaguar Stones hold the power to change the world.Read more ›
The book is somewhat long (almost 400 pages) and while I thought some of that could have been cut down, my tween readers don't seem to mind long books. The ending wraps some things up, but leaves it open for more and I believe this is set to be a trilogy.
As an adult, I found it somewhat annoying that there were pronunciation's thrown into the text for every Maya word-I would have preferred a glossary, but I can see where this would be helpful to younger readers. Also, I thought some of the adventure was too coincidental, but again, I'm sure younger readers will overlook this and instead be caught up in the adventure of the story.
I liked how the book mixed history with adventure. The blurb on the back calls Middleworld "Percy Jackson meets Indiana Jones" and I have to agree (although I could see this having appeal to the readers who enjoyed The Red Pyramid because of the archeology aspects). It also reminded me a bit of the Journey to the Center of the Earth movie. A fun start to a new series, give this to tweens looking for a new adventure series.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We are going to Tikal and Belize this summer with our kids. They are so exited to go, after reading the Jaguar Stone. They loved it. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Neluca
I am reading this to my students in 6th grade and they love it. I am incorporating it into the study of MesoAmericans with the lessons from "the Jaguar Stone" plans.Published 15 months ago by Sarah
I bought this for my grandson who is 11 years old and an avid reader (he just read all of LOTR and Hobbit for instance). Read morePublished 15 months ago by TriSar
I did not like the worldview presented by this book - kids with careless parents who need to be rescued by the kids; implausible Aztec magic, anti-modernity, etc. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Tom
Very enjoyable. Some block concept writing I found interesting and effective. Bought this for grandsons from the area.Published 15 months ago by martha hook
Nice series in the realm of Divergent, Maze Runner and the Giver. My son likes to read these series that are not as popular Mockingjay. A nice read and he likes it. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Salvatore M. Mancino
I am a senior but love to read about history and a little adventure. Easy reading, very informative about the Mayan, looking forward to the next in the series.Published 17 months ago by Sdek
i got the paperback copy and i read it in one day. im a fan of books with gods in them and this book is totally is god-worthy! so gonna get book two!Published 24 months ago by Christy