Middleworld (The Jaguar Stones Trilogy Series #1)

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Middleworld (The Jaguar Stones Trilogy Series #1) by J&P Voelkel, Pamela Voelkel

Fourteen-year-old Max Murphy is looking forward to a family vacation. But his parents, both archaeologists and Maya experts, announce a change in plan. They must leave immediately for a dig in the tiny Central American country of San Xavier. Max will go to summer camp. Max is furious. When he's mysteriously summoned to San Xavier, he thinks they've had a change of heart.

Upon his arrival, Max's wild adventure in the tropical rainforests of San Xavier begins. During his journey, he will unlock ancient secrets and meet strangers who are connected to him in ways he could never have imagined. For fate has delivered a challenge of epic proportions to this pampered teenager. Can Max rescue his parents from the Maya Underworld and save the world from the Lords of Death, who now control the power of the Jaguar Stones in their villainous hands? The scene is set for a roller-coaster ride of suspense and terror, as the good guys and the bad guys face off against a background of haunted temples, zombie armies, and even human sacrifice!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781606840719
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/27/2010
Series: Jaguar Stones Trilogy Series , #1
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 7.70(w) x 5.34(h) x 0.95(d)
Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About 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 become 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.

Table of Contents

Preface: The dream 2
I. The end of the world 8
II. The Curse of the Maya 24
III. Aguas Muertas 39
IV. The Villa Isabella 54
V. Max goes bananas 69
VI. Family secrets 83
VII. Thieves in the night 97
VIII. The monkey girl 109
IX. In the dark 122
X. Strange weather 131
XI. Rat-on-a-stick 144
XII. The feast 159
XIII. Monkey River 174
XIV. Itzamna 188
XV. The oath of blood 198
XVI. The cosmic crocodile 205
XVII. Trick or treat 226
XVIII. The chicken of death 244
XIX. Monkey business 256
XX. Counting the days 269
XXI. Preparing for battle 278
XXII. The black pyramid 291
XXIII. Captured 314
XXIV. The showdown 324
XXV. Human sacrifice 335
XXVI. Morning 347
Appendix: a guide to the maya world 365



Like some of the teenagers who reviewed this manuscript for us, you may object to one of the names in this story.
You can't have a hero called Lord Six-Rabbit, you may say. It's not regal enough. Why, to modern ears, he sounds more like a
cuddly toy than a fearsome warrior king. You're right, of course. But if this book leads you to read more about Maya civilization, you'll meet other strangely named kings such as Stormy Sky, Smoke Monkey, Green Macaw and Smoking Frog. Then you may be glad that our hero was inspired by a great eighth century ruler called Eighteen-Rabbit, and not by Stormy Sky's father, the ingloriously named Curl Snout.
Here are some more things you should know before you read on . . .

The Ancient Maya called our world Middleworld, because it was sandwiched between the upper world of the heavens and the underworld,
which they called Xibalba.

The Jaguar Stones are fictional, as are all the main characters except for Friar Diego DeLanda. He was the true-life Spanish priest
who, in 1562, reduced the sum of Ancient Maya knowledge to ashes by making one huge bonfire of all their hundreds of folding bark books.
(As far as we know, only three books and a fragment of a fourth survived.)

San Xavier is a fictional country based on present-day Belize. Maya or Mayan? We have followed the scholarly precedent of using Maya as both noun and adjective to describe the people and their culture, reserving the word Mayan for the family of thirty languages still spoken by the six million Maya living in Central America today.

J&P Voelkel
Norwich, Vermont
5 Kib, 8 K'umk'u

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GStans More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book as a gift to the kids I babysit for - a 6-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy. Both are great readers and love being read to. They both are really quite smart and love to learn so I thought they would like learning about the ancient Maya. I especially thought the boy would like it because he loves Artemis Fowl and Percy Jackson and that type of thing. I read it first, and I loved it! Max Murphy is such a believable, spoiled 14-year-old who isn't prepared in the least for the the Central American adventure he is plunged into. It is such a fun read and had me laughing all the way through (until the end, when I was on the edge of my seat!). When I started reading it to the kids, the funny thing was that the boy thought it was pretty good but the little girl really latched on to it. She loves it and asks me every day if we can read it. I read it to them on the long subway ride home from school, and when I stop at the stations because of the noise, the girl begs for me to start reading again! True, the vocabulary in the book might be too advanced for a 6-year-old, but she loves the story, asks questions, and flips ahead to look at the great illustrations. Don't pass up this book because you don't think it is the right age group or it is only a boy book; I highly recommend it for kids of all ages and both genders. Overall an excellent read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not read this book on my nook but it waas awesome!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Middleworld is a great book i reccomend it
acornucopiaoflove More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of anything involving ancient history, so when I was given the chance to read Middleworld, I couldn't say no. One of the most interesting things about this book was the plot. This wasn't your typical adventure story. The story is full of mystery and action, but it ties in a lot of interesting information about an amazing ancient culture. That was something that really set this story apart. It seemed to aim for an accurate depiction of an ancient culture, and the Maya still living in South America. I can't think of any other books that involve the Maya, which is one of the reasons that I enjoyed this book so much. Another appealing aspect was the expertise of the authors, who spent years researching the story. Their website shows pictures of their travels, and their blog also talks about their trips. I really thought that their experiences made the book that much more interesting. There was information about the Maya throughout the story (including some pronunciation help), and some fun information, and a recipe, in the back of the book. Knowing that the authors spent time learning about the culture made me appreciate the way the facts were seamlessly woven into the fictional aspects of the book. I also appreciated was the way the story addressed the 2012 Maya calendar myth. You know the one, right? Supposedly, the calendar ends in December of 2012, and that predicts the end of the world. Well, not so according to Middleworld. I thought that the authors did a great job of tying that into the story as well. I personally was unaware that there was no archeological evidence that that calendar stopped in 2012. The only issue that I had was with the character Max. For the first half of the story he was extremely whiny, and I found it hard to sympathize because of this. Over the course of the book, Max realized that he had been behaving pretty horribly, and began to change. I personally wish that these changes has started sooner, and that they had been a bit more gradual. I did enjoy his character in the second half of the story, however. Middleworld ended with a great setup for the sequel, and I'll definitely be picking it up. For those of you who hate cliffhangers, don't worry. The authors did a great job of tying up the loose ends, and the story feels complete. It did, however, leave me wondering what would happen next. I can't give away too much, but I will say that there is definitely more to Max's story. If you're interested in learning a bit more about the Maya culture, and want an exciting read, I'd definitely suggest picking this one up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you tried to discribe it, you couldn't. You'd hit somewhere along the lines of an epic adventure of huge porpotions and give up for lack of a better word. Rividing!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a great book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Middleworld is the best book ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is there a second book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a grate book it has about 400 pg. I love the book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! + THE BOOK IS GRATE
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever,it is amazing
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This book is good nd if anyone doesnt like this they shall DIE!!!!!!!!!!!""
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plot was interesting enough, and I liked the facts about the Maya culture and the rainforest. However, the characters were somewhat cliche. This bothered me, but it was tolerable. Another point that bothered me was the fact that somehow the Maya gods found favor with a random kid from Boston who has no Maya heritage. I hope this is resolved in the next book. Overall, a great read despite the two-dimensional characters and plot holes.
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I recommend this book for 9+ but still really good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book ever i love it!!! Cant wait to read #2
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think jk rowling is out smarted
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Max is a self-centered jerk and Lola, a mayan orphan, is awsome. Of course, being a girl, how can you be surprised. A fantastic must-read! Lots of action and an exiting end.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I have EVER read. Definitely a must read!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is an awesome book full of mystery,suspense,humor,& adventure!!! It is very educational yet imaginative. Also realistic in its description but fantasy-like in action.
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