The End of the World Club

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With the end of the Mayan calendar fast approaching, fourteen-year-old Max Murphy and his new friend Lola, the modern Maya girl who saved his life in the perilous jungle, are racing against time to outwit the twelve Lords of Death.  Following the trail of the conquistadors, their quest takes them back to the wild heart of Spain - a forgotten land steeped in legend, superstition and ever more bizarre tourist festivals.  With a pack of hellhounds on their heels and the cape-twirling Count Antonio de Landa...
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Overview

With the end of the Mayan calendar fast approaching, fourteen-year-old Max Murphy and his new friend Lola, the modern Maya girl who saved his life in the perilous jungle, are racing against time to outwit the twelve Lords of Death.  Following the trail of the conquistadors, their quest takes them back to the wild heart of Spain - a forgotten land steeped in legend, superstition and ever more bizarre tourist festivals.  With a pack of hellhounds on their heels and the cape-twirling Count Antonio de Landa in hot pursuit, the teens must face madness and betrayal, bluff and double-bluff, to uncover the terrible secrets of the long-lost Yellow Jaguar.  But no matter where they run, all roads lead to Xibalba.  There, in the cold and watery Maya underworld, we finally discover why only Max Murphy can save the world from the villainous Lords of Death.
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Gr 5–9—When listeners last met 14-year-old Max Murphy in Jon and Pamela Voelkel's Middleworld (Smith & Sons, 2007), he had just made a deal with the Mayan Death Lords, promising them a favor in return for releasing his parents from captivity in Xibalba, the Mayan underworld. In this sequel (Egmont USA, 2010), the Death Lords are calling in the favor and Max, along with his friend Lola, travel to Spain in search of the final Jaguar Stone which they are required to find and return to the lords in Xibalba. As in the first book, Scott Brick provides excellent narration, capturing the story's action and the characters' emotions with perfect pacing, and giving each major character a unique voice. Unfortunately, the story itself falls short in this sequel, with holes in the plot making it difficult for listeners to buy in to the fantasy. Max often comes off as overly whiny and annoying. Those already invested in the series may want to give this sequel a chance since Brick's notable narration elevates what is otherwise a lackluster outing.—Deanna Romriell, Salt Lake City Public Library, UT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307712042
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/28/2010
  • Series: Jaguar Stones Trilogy Series
  • Format: CD
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Jon Voelkel grew up in Peru, Costa Rica, and  Colombia. He was not a natural-born adventurer and found life in the jungle difficult, to say the least. After college and business school in Barcelona, he worked in advertising agencies in Spain, Holland, and England, ultimately starting his own agency with four other partners - one of whom would be his future wife. In 2001, The Financial Times named him one of the top fifty creative minds in Britain.

Pamela Craik Voelkel graduated from Leeds University in English Language and Literature. After stints reviewing books, writing catalogs, and penning speech bubbles for photo-romances, she became an advertising copywriter. As Creative Director of Craik Jones Watson Mitchell Voelkel, she helped the agency win hundreds of creative awards.

The Voelkels' collaboration continues in Vermont, where they live with their three children.

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