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Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow

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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.

Review:

"This exciting time-travel adventure opens three years after Jake Ransom's archeologist parents have disappeared in the Yucatn, 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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

James Rollins and Jake Ransom share many of the same passions. The author's interest in archaeology led him to amass his own Cabinet of Curiosities, which includes a 100,000-year-old mammoth tusk from China.

His New York Times bestselling books include The Last Oracle, The Judas Strain, and Black Order. James lives in Sacramento, California. An amateur spelunker and a certified scuba enthusiast, he'll often be found either underground or underwater.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780061473791
Author:
Rollins, James
Publisher:
HarperCollins
Author:
by James Rollins
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
People & Places - United States - Hispanic/Latino
Subject:
Boys / Men
Subject:
Prehistoric animals
Subject:
Brothers and sisters
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
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Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20090428
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.56x5.82x1.34 in. 1.07 lbs.
Age Level:
from 10

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This exciting time-travel adventure opens three years after Jake Ransom's archeologist parents have disappeared in the Yucatn, 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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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