Jess (American Girl of the Year Series)

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With her first step off the airplane and into bright tropical sunlight, ten-year-old Jess McConnell begins an adventure. She and her parents are spending five months at an archeological dig of ancient Maya ruins in the Central American country of Belize. It's Jess's first time out of the United States. It's her first time being home-schooled. And it's her first trip without her older brother and sister to keep her company. But Jess is excited to explore a new place all on her own. She's ready for adventure and ...
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With her first step off the airplane and into bright tropical sunlight, ten-year-old Jess McConnell begins an adventure. She and her parents are spending five months at an archeological dig of ancient Maya ruins in the Central American country of Belize. It's Jess's first time out of the United States. It's her first time being home-schooled. And it's her first trip without her older brother and sister to keep her company. But Jess is excited to explore a new place all on her own. She's ready for adventure and anxious to discover just who she is.

When Jess meets a new friend and is invited on an eco-adventure, she makes some real discoveries—about the dangers in the Belizean jungle, about the people who lived there long ago, and about herself. The "True Story" section at the back of the book focuses on a girl from Florida who spends every summer in Belize with her archeologist parents.

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Children's Literature - Suzanna E. Henshon
When Jess steps off the airplane in Belize, she is about to have an adventure that will change her life forever. Jess and her parents spend five months at an archaeological dig in Central America, taking in Mayan ruins and history every time they step outside. For the first time Jess is home schooled and away from home and the comforts of American life while living in the jungle. During her adventure, Jess meets a new friend, takes care of a baby parrot, and discovers a new archaeological site; but she misses her older brother and sister and friends back home. When Jess goes on a fantastic ecological adventure, she learns the consequence of discovering new archaeological sites when looters come that same night and steal some of the artifacts. Jess is an adventurous, likable heroine—and this book sends a powerful message to young readers: you can discover new knowledge, and change the world in positive ways. This book is a wonderful gift for young explorers, and the last chapter depicts the adventures of a young girl whose real-life adventures are much like Jess's. Reviewer: Suzanna E. Henshon, Ph.D.
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Gr 3-5-In this new twist to the series, readers meet Jess, who is on an archaeological dig in Belize with her parents. It is a trip of firsts, and the 10-year-old is excited about the adventures that await her. The characters are well drawn and likable, and the print is fairly large. The story line is well thought out and the factual information about dig sites and Maya culture are seamlessly integrated into the text. An afterword, complete with full-color photos, introduces 10-year-old Elyse, a real girl who has accompanied her archaeologist parents on several two-month digs in Belize. "American Girl" fans will enjoy this addition to the series.-Krista Tokarz, Cuyahoga County Public Library, OH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593690168
  • Publisher: American Girl Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/28/2005
  • Series: American Girl of the Year Series
  • Pages: 126
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 760L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.15 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.45 (d)

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  • Posted December 11, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Best Girl of the Year

    I loooove Jess! We have much in common. Sadly, I don't have her doll. Anyway, this book was brilliant. Kudos to Mary Casanova and Robert Papp. I wish there was a second book. I'd recommend this book to all girls.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2008

    So Swishy!

    This is the best American girl book ever! When this book came out I just so happened to be learning about the mayan ruins in school. I loved it so much I bought the doll. Jess and me are inseperatble.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2007

    This book is very good if you like american girl dolls

    This book is my favorite book because there really wasn't any pictures but when they come up they were real pictures. It tells about her. I wonder if her brother and sister were always mean to Jess. This book is good if you love american girl dolls if you like going to the forest then read this book. P.S. One day I want to be an american girl doll.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2006

    Adventure Girl!

    Girls of all ages will love this adventure about Jess who travels, with her parents, to Belize on an archeological dig. Stories like this didn't exist when I was a kid. A hidden cave, a mischievous spider monkey, a Mayan family and their jungle abode, a baby parrot, Jess's new friendship with Sarita, all make JESS an entertaining read. The book's illustrations are truly beautiful, and the final photo story is about an authentic girl who digs for Mayan treasures. JESS is believable, dramatic, and realistic with its evocative setting and people. Enjoy!

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