Magical Maya: Adventures of Bobby and Eli
"Fact filled, fun, a hook for anyone who wants to know about the Mayans!”
Fourteen-year-old Bobby Irukurehc wants some excitement. While he’s on the fast track to having the perfect life—prep school, Harvard, and then a place in his family’s law firm in Boston—he wants something more. But Bobby is about to discover that it’s best to be careful what you wish for ...
Bobby accompanies his family to an archeological campsite at Chich’en Itzá, Mexico, home of the ancient Mayans. Determined to have some fun before school sucks it right out of him, Bobby and his little brother, Eli, tour a magnificent pyramid and marvel at its intricate construction. Later that night, Bobby realizes his prized watch is gone, and the brothers return to the site to find it. But something incredible happens: the boys are mystically transported to Chich’en Itzá in the year 1527 AD! Stuck in the ancient world, Bobby and Eli struggle to put all their historical knowledge to the test just to survive. They meet a cast of colorful characters, including a virtuous king, a curious high priest, loyal commanders, and evil enemies bent on their destruction. Bobby suddenly has all the adventure he could want, and he’s ready to go back home. But can the brothers find a way to return to their own time, or are they stuck forever?
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Reviewed by Fiona I. for Readers Favorite
Life is never exciting enough for fourteen-year-old Bobby Irukurehc. Part of Bobby’s problem is that his life is already mapped out for him: prep school, Harvard, and then joining the family law firm. Bobby wants something more, something of his own choice. The family is spending time at the archeological campsite at Chich'en Itzá, Mexico, home of the ancient Mayans. Bobby and his younger brother Eli tour the marvellous architectural splendor of the Mayan pyramids. They return to camp and discover, later that night, that Bobby’s beloved watch (a family heirloom) is gone. They return to the site in the middle of the night to look for it. Somehow, they find themselves transported back in time to Chich'en Itzá in the year 1527 AD! Now trapped in another era, and facing a battle with bloodthirsty invaders, the brothers put their historical knowledge to the test to survive. They meet a number of interesting people, some good and noble, some deceitful and self-seeking. When the novelty wears off, Bobby finds he actually wants his old life back, but can they find a way to reverse the fall through time?
This is the best kind of time travel adventure to appeal to young teen readers, especially boys. Author Nick Cherukuri has nicely portrayed the two boys’ different characters: Bobby is responsible and always thinking ahead while happy-go-lucky Eli takes each day as it comes. The brothers face a difficult and potentially dangerous situation, and this brings out their true worth. They learn about another culture, and about life itself, since their new home has demands they would never experience back in their own modern life. The boys face deception and danger and make the right decisions. While there are several historical and cultural inaccuracies, I really enjoyed this book. Filled with action, adventure, and lots of fun facts, this book will appeal to young readers in search of something exciting and different.
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