Her family has decided to take a vacation to Mexico right during her best friend, Fiona's, mini-camp. Her adventures throughout the week are intertwined with the story of a Mayan girl on her own journey. She meets Nando, who is Mayan, and he tells them a story about a Mayan princess named Muluc. How she escaped sacrifice and slavery becomes Kat's and her sister's obsession. It is a quick read. The younger sibling tag-along who elicits love and adoration from every onlooker.
Finally, the gods created people out of corn, and they turned out just right. She is the typical drone of society that falls into line behind the more domineering leaders. I'd recommend it for the information about the Maya and the descriptions, but nothing else. If she's not there, she'll begin eighth grade as a social reject. Number one: missing her friend Fiona's minicamp.
The first time I started to write a novel, I returned back to school and collected a history major. Then the gods created people out of mud, but when it rained, they fell apart. The problem is Mom's not going to let Katherine miss Cancun and that's when she discovers so much more than she'd ever expected. Sydney now lives in Utah with her husband, two daughters, two cats, and two dogs. I like the vivid descriptions, and I lovelovelove the myth. How Kat wants to stay home - but that is not to be.
By the end of the book, Kat has learned a lot about herself, the meaning of friendship, and a different culture. By the end of her adventures she has revamped herself with kernels of integrity and self-worth. Then the gods created people out of mud, but when it rained, they fell apart. And as she makes new friends and discovers new treasures in Mexico, Kat begins to wonder: Is she willing to keep sacrificing her self in exchange for popularity? She'll miss mini-camp and lose her spot as part of Fiona's Five reason number 1 thereby completing ruining her chance at popularity and eighth grade in general reason 33. After all she'll miss the in-crowd's summer gathering and be more of an outsider when she returns for her eighth year in school. Through this we learn the morals of standing up for yourself and seeing beyond the surface.
I'd recommend it for the information about the Maya and the descriptions, but nothing else. For example, Kat's hair is short even though a longer style might be better, just because Fiona told everyone to cut their hair in matching styles. And don't think that's just whining because Kat has tons of other, totally logical, reasons on her list including falling prey to bandits, the risk of flash flooding, heat stroke, dangerous strangers, and lung damaging jet fuel reasons 8, 20, 24, 35 and 36 in Jungle Crossing 2009 by Sydney Salter. They never want to learn about the culture behind the climb. Oh, I had to find a cool way for them to understand Mayan culture! I wish their had been a little more romance, but considering the fact that our herione in only thirt This book was a really quick read. Also, we are constantly trying to improve the experience of our users and ensure that no links are broken and the download times are as small as possible.
I really enjoy her other book My Big Nose and heard she has another one, Swoon at your own Risk coming out soon. A chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting. After all she'll miss the in-crowd's summer gathering and be more of an outsider when she returns for her eighth year in school. Finally, the gods created people out of corn, and they turned out just right. Despite her reluctance, Kat ends up on a teen adventure tour where she meets Nando, a young Mayan guide who happens to be quite a cutie. Usually I pass these books by, unless they are new and innovative.
Sydney Salter The Internet has provided us with an opportunity to share all kinds of information, including music, movies, and, of course, books. Jungle Crossing is a lot of fun. Nevertheless, I liked the setting. This was a great book. I love the lesson Kat learns about friends and how you can sacrifice not only your life but also your self for others. Alexander, North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley, Fly on the Wall by E. Then the gods created people out of wood, but they had no feelings, so the gods washed them away in a big flood.
Highly recommend giving this to middle school readers. Nando spins a tale about Muluc, an elite Mayan princess, who is captured and sold as a slave. Salter's descriptions of Mexico were also amazing lending a travelogue feel to the book and transporting readers to Kat's wonderful destinations. Kat and Muluc's stories weave together to create a timeless throught-provoking cultural tapestry. She doesn't want anything to do with her family's vacation.
Kat pretends not to care, but every time they travel on the bus she listens intently and sketches the story in her book. She was made of mud and wood; easy to pull to pieces. The story turned into a middle-grade novel. Kat can think of dozens of good reasons not to go on a boring family vacation to hot, grungy Mexico. This book follows young Kat when her family travels to Mexico and she and her sister get a bit more of the tour then they had planned. Muluc's story provides a slice of life from Ancient Maya and, eventually, becomes a benchmark for Kat as she tries to work out her own priorities in modern day Mexico.