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Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow

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Debut children's novel from blockbuster adult author James Rollins - boy's high adventure at its best.

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James Rollins is the author of several bestselling novels and series, including the SIGMA force series. An amateur spelunker and scuba enthusiast, he also holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine. He currently lives and writes in Sacramento, California.


This exciting time-travel adventure opens three years after Jake Ransom's archeologist parents have disappeared in the Yucatùn, leaving him and his sister, Kady, nothing but their journals and a Mayan coin, broken in half. The siblings receive an invitation to attend an exhibition of Mayan antiquities at the British Museum, and are soon after catapulted into the prehistoric past where ancient Mayans, Romans, Egyptians, Vikings and even Neanderthals have joined together to do battle with the Skull King, a creature so evil that he only appears wrapped in shadows, "as if the darkness were scared of what lay hidden at its heart and attempted to hide the horror from the world." Jake, an Indiana Jones in the making, and Kady, a cheerleader who learns to channel her inner Viking, fight the Skull King to a draw, discovering clues about their missing parents. In this series opener, Rollins (The Last Oracle) presents a wide range of interesting historical information while telling a rollicking good story that should please a wide range of readers-and maybe even some of his adult fans. Ages 10-up. (May) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

A breathtaking and original tale of two young people who find themselves in a mysterious and dangerous world... the book is not merely a high-octane, suspense-filled thriller. There is just enough detail about the varied civilisations within Calypsos to whet the appetite of young readers, and while they wait for the next book in the series, many will feel encouraged to do some further research. THE BOOKBAG A Children's title that parents will find themselves sneaking out of their kid's room for a crafty read...Entertaining, enlightening and with the pace and exoticism of a Jaguar; we couldn't peel our eyes away from page after page... the only disappointment came when we realised we'd reached then end. Rollins may be a good thriller writer, but he is a magnificent children's author. THE TRUTH ABOUT BOOKS James Rollins is a brilliant author who is blessed with the talent of being able to entertain readers of all ages. Very few books appeal to everybody, but this amazing plotline is a definite exception! People will practically have their eyes glued to each page of it as the plot quickly unfolds before them. -- Amy Naylor, age 14 I would recommend this book for children aged 10+. It's a great storyline with twists and turns on every page, a real thriller. I would also recommend this book to fantasy lovers, and fans of historical fiction... I loved this book and hopefully others will too. -- Reuben, age 11 CHICKLISH

Gr 5-9-Eighth-grader Jake and his older sister Kady are invited to the British Museum to view the Mayan treasures their archaeologist parents discovered shortly before their disappearance three years earlier. Jake takes along what is left of their parents' possessions: a field log, a sketch book, and two halves of a gold Mayan coin (worn by the siblings around their necks). At the exhibit, Jake examines a two-foot-tall solid gold pyramid with a round hole in its side. He places the Mayan coin in the slot, which creates an explosion, transporting the siblings to another place and time. Calypsos is a land inhabited by dinosaurs, mythical and fantastical creatures, and people from long-lost civilizations. Upon their arrival, Jake and Kady befriend two teens, Pindor and Marika. Together they must save Calypsos from the banished Skull King who threatens to return and take over the land. The pace of the story is occasionally a little slow, but readers who stick with it will be caught up in the adventure, particularly those who are interested in Mayan culture. The characters are likable, especially Jake and Pindor, who experience the insecurities of most teens. Simple drawings add visual aid to the descriptions of Mayan glyphs and other objects. Unanswered questions surrounding their parents' disappearance and the connection between Jake and the Skull King will have readers eagerly looking for the next installment in the series.-Kelley Siegrist, Farmington Community Library, MI Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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