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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. When ten-year-old Jess McConnell meets a new friend on her trip to the ancient Maya ruins in Belize, she is invited on an eco-adventure and makes some real discoveries--about the dangers in the Belizean jungle, about the people who have lived there since long ago, and about herself.
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Mary Casanova is the author of Cécile: Gates of Gold, a Girls of Many Lands title. She is the award-winning author of seven novels for middle-grade and young adult readers‚ including When Eagles Fall, Wolf Shadows‚ Moose Tracks‚ Riot‚ Stealing Thunder‚ and Curse of a Winter Moon‚ also set in France. She lives near International Falls‚ Minnesota.AWARDS Cécile: Gates of Gold 2002 Honors NAPPA AwardFrom School Library Journal:
Grade 3-5–In this new twist to the series, readers meet Jess, who is on an archaeological dig in Belize with her parents. It is a trip of firsts, and the 10-year-old is excited about the adventures that await her. The characters are well drawn and likable, and the print is fairly large. The story line is well thought out and the factual information about dig sites and Maya culture are seamlessly integrated into the text. An afterword, complete with full-color photos, introduces 10-year-old Elyse, a real girl who has accompanied her archaeologist parents on several two-month digs in Belize. American Girl fans will enjoy this addition to the series.–Krista Tokarz, Cuyahoga County Public Library, OH
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