The Jaguar Stones - Book one


“As I see it,” said Max, “all that stands between humankind and the end of the world is two talking monkeys, a crazy archaeologist covered in red paint, and a couple of kids with blowguns. Am I right?”


Fourteen-year-old Max Murphy, video-gamer extraordinaire, is furious when his archaeologist parents cancel the family vacation to go on a dig in Central America. But things go from bad to worse when Max is summoned to join them, only to discover that his parents have vanished. With the help of Lola, a fast-talking, quick-thinking Maya girl, Max embarks on a quest to find out just what’s going on. Soon Max and Lola are running for their lives in the perilous rainforest, as they unlock ancient secrets, meet mysterious strangers, and begin to understand that, in San Xavier, nothing is ever as it seems.

Fate has delivered a challenge of epic proportions to Max Murphy. But can a teen whose biggest talent is for video games rescue his parents from the Maya Underworld and save himself from the villainous Lords of Death?

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“Suspense and intrigue, human sacrifice, smuggling, and secret doors and escape routes through pyramids ensure that the novel, the first in a projected trilogy, is likely to win legions of fans, who will gravitate toward the nonstop action that echoes Max's beloved video games.”

- School Library Journal, Starred Review

“The Voelkels have created an adventurous Mayan world---or two---as they link past and present. ... Middle schoolers should have great fun with this book.”

- Kliatt

“...exotic settings and themes ... breakneck pace

- Publishers Weekly

“The book’s unusual Mesoamerican backdrop is worth marking, and the Indiana Jones-influenced adventure, as well as the book’s polished line drawings, will keep readers interested and looking forward to future entries in the Jaguar Stones trilogy”

- Booklist

“The perfect bait to get a videogamer to turn off the TV and read”

- Young Adults Books Central - Five Star Review

“A simply awesome read.”

- Flamingnet Book Reviews - Top Choice Award

“A lovely book, full of maps, B&W illustrations and Maya history.”

- Book Loons


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