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The Huaca
     

The Huaca

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by Marcia Mickelson
 

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Ellie Cummings just wants to feel normal. But since her mom's murder, everyone has been treating her differently. She turns to Gabe, the high school weirdo, who claims he can communicate with her dead mother. In this haunting mystery, your heartstrings will be tugged as Ellie takes a chance and discovers that the truth may be better kept a secret.

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Ellie Cummings just wants to feel normal. But since her mom's murder, everyone has been treating her differently. She turns to Gabe, the high school weirdo, who claims he can communicate with her dead mother. In this haunting mystery, your heartstrings will be tugged as Ellie takes a chance and discovers that the truth may be better kept a secret.

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VOYA - Marissa Wolf
The Huaca is a well-plotted mystery that will keep readers captivated from the first sentence. Ellie's life changed forever one year ago when her mother was murdered. The case has yet to be solved. To make matters worse, Elli and her best friend are drifting apart. While trying to figure out where in high school she belongs, Ellie befriends Gabe, an outcast with a mysterious reputation. Gabe, who is of Incan ancestry, tells Ellie that he has an ancient Incan artifact in his possession, an object that will allow its user to travel to hanan pacha, the afterworld. Gabe and Ellie use the artifact to track down her mother's murderer. Ellie's world is shattered once more when she sees, through her mother's memories, her loving father strangling her mother. The author builds a very strong relationship between Ellie and her father, making the reveal of her mother's killer all the more surprising. Teens will be able to identify with Ellie and her best friend moving in different directions, as often happens at the end of high school. While Ellie understands that high school is not everything and has a bright future to look forward to, her friend's goals are different-to go to college in order to find a husband who will provide for her. The integration of Incan mythology may inspire further exploration of the topic. Talk this book up to your mystery lovers and to teens who enjoy reading about the challenges of maintaining a best friend in a changing environment. Reviewer: Marissa Wolf

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781462111909
Publisher:
Cedar Fort, Incorporated/CFI Distribution
Publication date:
05/14/2013
Pages:
249
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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The Huaca 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
TeenBlurb More than 1 year ago
The Huaca is a refreshingly unique story that blends modern day with Incan mythology and spirituality. Ellie is a very strong young women who lost her mother at a young age and has a big piece of her missing because of it. She tries to talk to her Dad about her, but her Dad is still grieving and will not share his memories with Ellie. Then her and her best friend Sarah become estranged when Ellie does not approve of something that Sarah’s boyfriend does. Now she is made fun of and laughed at when she is a school because of the stories that Sarah’s boyfriends tells about her. Lonely and depressed the school weirdo Gabe tries to befriend her. Eventually Ellie finds that Gabe is not really weird, but smart and kind. He ends up helping Ellie on a report about the Inca’s, since his Great-Grandfather is full-blooded Incan. Gabe even shows her an ancient Incan artifact, The Huaca. Gabe shows Ellie that it really has mystical powers and allows you to hear and see dead people. Ellie can’t believe it. Is this her chance to see her mom? Marcia Mickelson has weaved a unique tale of loss, love, and friendship. Ellie is a character that many can sympathize with. Losing a loved one is never easy, especially when someone murdered them. The mix of Incan mythology and history is really intriguing and opens us up to a group of people that many people do not know a lot about. This is a very captivating book that will make you think and ask questions! I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago