Jess (American Girl Today)

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9781593690168: Jess (American Girl Today)

With her first step off the airplane and into the sunny tropics, ten-year-old Jess McConnell begins an adventure. She and her parents are spending five months at an archeological dig of ancient Maya ruins in the Central American country of Belize. It's Jess's first time out of the United States. It's her first time being home-schooled. And it's her first trip without her older brother and sister to keep her company. Yet Jess is excited to explore a new place on her own. She's ready for adventure and anxious to discover just who she is. When Jess meets a new friend and is invited on an eco-adventure, she makes some real discoveries-about the wonders and the dangers of the Belizean jungle, about the people who have lived there since long ago, and about herself. The "True Story" section at the back of the book focuses on a girl from Florida who spends every summer in Belize with her archeologist parents.

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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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