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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What is the secret history connecting the SQ to the Ancient Mayans?

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"Tight plotting, snappy dialogue . . . the story moves at a breathless pace." - Rick Riordan, NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

"A successful mix of action, adventure, and historical substance." - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

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)

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Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
Infinity Ring Series, #4
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Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.70(d)
720L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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