Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow by James Rollins

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When a mysterious envelope arrives for Jake Ransom, he and his older sister, Kady, are plunged into a gripping chain of events. An artifact found by their parents—on the expedition from which they never returned—leads Jake and Kady to a strange world inhabited by a peculiar mix of long-lost civilizations, a world that may hold the key to their parents' disappearance.

But even as they enter the gate to this extraordinary place, savage grackyls soar across the sky, diving to attack. Jake's new friends, the pretty Mayan girl Marika and the Roman Pindor, say the grackyls were created by an evil alchemist—the Skull King. And as Jake struggles to find a way home, it becomes obvious that what the Skull King wants most is Jake and Kady—dead or alive.

 

About James Rollins

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New York Times bestselling author James Rollins holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine and resides in the Sierra Nevada mountains. An avid spelunker and certified scuba enthusiast, he can often be found underground or underwater.
 
Published February 9, 2010 by HarperCollins. 432 pages
Genres: Travel, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Eighth grader Jake Ransom (he skipped seventh grade) and his older sister Kady have lived with guardians on their family estate in Connecticut since their archeologist parents disappeared on a Mayan dig three years ago.

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But I’m willing to bet that Rollins would have been just as eager to go as Jake Ransom.

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Examiner

After putting the coins in their slots on the pyramid Jake sees the full translation of the words on the coins, put together they read “white road”.

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The Bookbag

Further reading suggestion: Although it is perfectly possible to read this book without reading the first in the series, Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow, it's much more fun if you read them in order, if only to see how Kady uses her cheerleading skills!

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The Bookbag

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 further research.

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Bulldog Readers Blog

The following information is from the publisher’s book jacket: ” When a mysterious envelope arrives for Jake Ransom, he and his older sister, Kady, are plunged into a gripping chain of events.

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