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Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow by James Rollins
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Jul 04, 09

bookshelves: high-school-books, middle-school-books
Read in July, 2009

On a break from Middleton Prep, Jacob Ransom and his older sister, Katherine (Kady) are accidentally transported to a mysterious place inhabited and governed by a mixture of cultural groups from different times and places: Mayan, Roman, Egyptian, Sumerian, Medieval, Norse, and even Neanderthal. The existence of this peaceful and cooperative civilization is threatened - as are Jake and Kady - by the dark evil of Kalverum Rex, the Skull King. This fast-paced adventure combines elements of Harry Potter and Indiana Jones, and should appeal to history and mythology enthusiasts, those who like puzzles and codes, and those who enjoy character development and stories of friendship, bravery and coming of age. It's the first in what may be a popular older children's/YA series.
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