Curse of the Ancients (Infinity Ring Series #4)

Curse of the Ancients (Infinity Ring Series #4)

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by Matt de la Peña
     
 

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From the publishers of Spirit Animals and The 39 Clues and the mind of James Dashner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Maze Runner.

Action, humor, and real history collide in the Infinity Ring series!

Sera has a secret. She's seen the future, and it is a terrifying place. Unfortunately, she can't do anything to

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From the publishers of Spirit Animals and The 39 Clues and the mind of James Dashner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Maze Runner.

Action, humor, and real history collide in the Infinity Ring series!

Sera has a secret. She's seen the future, and it is a terrifying place. Unfortunately, she can't do anything to prevent the Cataclysm while stranded with Dak and Riq thousands of years in the past. Their only hope lies with the ancient Maya, a mysterious people who claim to know a great deal about the future. Is there more to these ancients than meets the eye?

BONUS! Join the adventure -- and experience key moments in history -- in the epic online Infinity Ring game. Each book in the series unlocks a whole new quest at

scholastic.com/infinityring.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Praise for Infinity Ring #1: A Mutiny in Time:

"Tight plotting, snappy dialogue... the story moves at a breathless pace.” -- Rick Riordan, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Percy Jackson & the Olympians

"History is broken, and we need your help to fix it.' What kid could turn down an invitation like that?... It's a quick, straightforward adventure with a successful mix of action, adventure, and historical substance." -- Publishers Weekly

"Save a place on your shelves for this fast-paced and fun series about historical time travel." -- Voice of Youth Advocates

Praise for Infinity Ring #2: Divide and Conquer:

"Many history-loving kids will be sucked in, while others will be hooked by the accompanying full-color poster-map... and corresponding online game." -- Booklist

Praise for Infinity Ring #3: The Trap Door:

"Three novels into the series, the Infinity Ring pulls off a shocking twist. This book earns the year's strangest compliment: It doesn't read like a time-travel story. It has all the usual tropes: impossible technology, split-second escapes, glimpses of the future. There's even an inventive variation on the grandfather paradox. But in its best scenes, it reads like a historical novel." -- Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Infinity Ring #4: Curse of the Ancients:

"Fans of the series will already be hooked, but even more skeptical readers may be a little curious what happens next." -- Kirkus Reviews
 

Children's Literature - Heidi Quist
The infinity ring's new riddle takes the group of three tweeners, Sera, Dak, and Riq, to an ancient Mayan village in the 1600s. They arrive just as a storm is about to hit and the villagers are all seeking shelter. On the plus side, this event enables the kids to make friends, in part thanks to Dak who saves a young girl from a crumbling building—although in the process he goes into a coma and unable to help Riq and Sera in understanding the riddle. The other two manage to find some helpful experiences without him, however, as they make friends themselves. During Dak's coma, Riq makes such a good friend he finds himself wanting to stay in this time period with Kisa because he likes the feelings of being part of a community and needed to rebuild their village. Meanwhile, Sara is also making friends and learning about the unique kingdom where they'd landed and particularly about the codices their king has made. Unfortunately, people from a neighboring village have also found out about them and have decided they need them for themselves. And with their expert spies and Sera's connections, they also see the infinity ring, leading to lots more trouble for the group. The story has a good, steady fast pace that will keep the audience engaged and satisfy an interest in history and in adventure. I had not read the three previous books in the series prior to reading this one, so I found some elements of the story a little bit confusing, but not terribly so. De la Pena does pretty well at bringing in enough explanations of significant elements so as not to frustrate a first time reader. Graham's voice, however, did not work very well for me. Some readers might appreciate it, but I found his slight whisper combined with the intense edge and breathiness too much during this narration. For the different character voices, however, he did fine at keeping characters distinguishable and acceptably believable for an audio book. Book four in the "Infinity Ring" series. Reviewer: Heidi Quist
Kirkus Reviews
Armageddon isn't all bad. When the world ends, there will be earthquakes and tornadoes. There will be sheets of acid rain. There will be fires and floods and bolts of electricity surging out of the sun. That's the first three pages of this fourth entry in the Infinity Ring series. No one will accuse the author of holding back. R.E.M. fans may wonder if the book is adapted from "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)." But it turns out that an apocalypse was exactly what this series needed. As Sera uses the Infinity Ring to jump back and forth in time, from the end of the world to the age of the Maya, the story gains a sense of urgency that was missing from previous volumes. She has to prevent the Cataclysm, and her friend Riq may wink out of existence altogether. A time paradox means that his parents may never have met. These are the dangers of time travel. Like the previous volumes, this book suffers from terrible dialogue and implausible plot twists, but it also includes the funniest line in the series, a joke about TriSQuit crackers. (You had to be there.) Fans of the series will already be hooked, but even more skeptical readers may be a little curious what happens next. (Science fiction. 8-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545540704
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
06/04/2013
Series:
Infinity Ring Series, #4
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Matt de la Pena is the author of several acclaimed YA novels - Ball Don't Lie, Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, and I Will Save You - and one picture book, A Nation's Hope. He teaches creative writing at NYU.

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Curse of the Ancients (Infinity Ring Series #4) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
reececo331 More than 1 year ago
This series is a step up from Magic tree house and is almost level with Haddax's Missing series. All are about children using time travel to solve some of the problems in history. This one specifically looks at the creation and destruction of the Mayan culture, and their greatest legacy the Mayan Codex. Our three adventures are traveling through history trying to solve the mysteries to save a future world from Cataclysm, They are brave souls who are trying to correct the past to save the future. This book is a great middle stage book, for those entering Middle school years 5-6th grade, the characters are about their ages and the events are comprehensible to them. The series also focuses on historical times and places and helps the children understand those cultures, and that history has rewritten the story to fit the interpretation of the conquers. It may help teach children that history is a biased story and that they need to look closer to find the real story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was good
LarryII More than 1 year ago
I love this series of books. They just keep getting better with each new book.
reececo331 More than 1 year ago
Curse of the Ancients (Infinity Ring #4) Pena, Matt de la  This series is a step up from Magic tree house and is almost level with Haddax's Missing series. All are about children using time travel to solve some of the problems in history. This one specifically looks at the creation and destruction of the Mayan culture, and their greatest legacy the Mayan Codex. Our three adventures are traveling through history trying to solve the mysteries to save a future world from Cataclysm, They are brave souls who are trying to correct the past to save the future. This book is a great middle stage book, for those entering Middle school years 5-6th grade, the characters are about their ages and the events are comprehensible to them. The series also focuses on historical times and places and helps the children understand those cultures, and that history has rewritten the story to fit the interpretation of the conquers. It may help teach children that history is a biased story and that they need to look closer to find the real story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I have ever red
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Acually that is the game. In the book it only tells you the name of the game. The online game is very fun thiugh but are getting shorter and shorter
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Mods & Admins @ 39 Clues are too busy updating our MB and creating new Unstoppable missions (and fixing them) and planning out the new books. The original series requires the most work and is the funniest to hang out on. So, yeah.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the trap door it said the next book would be way of the warrior not the curse of the ancients.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Vgggtgggggggvvggggfffffffffff0000000000000000000000000000000000000000%): lame