Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Heart of a Jaguar” as Want to Read:
Heart of a Jaguar
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Heart of a Jaguar

by
3.62  ·  Rating details ·  21 ratings  ·  4 reviews
-- "Gripping... a resonant, coming-of-age story". -- Publisher's Weekly, starred reviewWhen famine threatens his drought-stricken Mayan village, Balam kills a jaguar and hopes its heart is the offering the gods desire. His courage, he thinks, proves his manhood. His gift, he prays, will bring on the rains. But the elders say the gods demand more -- a human sacrifice.... "U ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published May 1st 1997 by Aladdin Paperbacks (first published October 1st 1995)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Heart of a Jaguar, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Heart of a Jaguar

Community Reviews

Showing 1-37
Average rating 3.62  · 
Rating details
 ·  21 ratings  ·  4 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of Heart of a Jaguar
Shaunesay
Nov 07, 2009 rated it liked it
Well written I felt, but not for the squeamish. But then, this culture seemed to do some things we'd consider horrific, to there own bodies and each other, as a matter of course, it was accepted ritual and superstition. There are no punches pulled in this story, it is quite dark and despairing for a teen book, though again, I felt well done, considering the subject matter.
Salsabrarian
Balam's Mayan village is plagued by a long drought. Ah Chan, the village priest, has conducted ceremonies and spilled villagers' blood to honor the Chacs (gods) and appeal to them for rain. But still the rains don't come and there is concern about planting the maize crops. The young bachelors begin to criticize old Ah Chan for being unable to appease the gods. Meanwhile, Balam has been having visions, seeing and talking to his dead mother and twin brother, and seeing a jaguar instead of his own ...more
Jessica
Feb 27, 2008 rated it liked it
great story but was a little graphic for me when i read it in middle school and it still is today. It is worth reading anyway because the story underneath the gruesome details is great.
Kylee
rated it it was ok
May 06, 2018
Abbey
rated it it was amazing
Aug 26, 2012
Jane
rated it it was amazing
Mar 08, 2016
Stephanie
rated it really liked it
Nov 07, 2009
Elliereggie
rated it it was amazing
Jul 26, 2007
Yinzadi
rated it really liked it
Mar 28, 2020
Brian
rated it liked it
Jan 22, 2015
Sharell
rated it it was amazing
Apr 08, 2012
WendyMcP
rated it really liked it
Nov 19, 2010
Nicole
rated it liked it
Mar 30, 2014
Ruth Quiroa
Jul 18, 2015 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 1latinx
Américas Award Honorable Mention 1995
Hannah
rated it it was ok
Feb 29, 2016
Karen
rated it really liked it
Dec 19, 2016
Sara
rated it liked it
Jun 14, 2013
Krista
rated it liked it
Oct 11, 2012
Cynthia
rated it it was amazing
Aug 08, 2016
Ana
rated it liked it
Apr 15, 2011
Rachel
rated it liked it
Nov 09, 2010
Nicole
rated it really liked it
Aug 13, 2014
Amos
rated it liked it
Jul 17, 2014
Lauren
added it
May 17, 2008
Ellie
added it
Jul 11, 2010
Clare
added it
Apr 27, 2012
Sarah
marked it as to-read
Sep 07, 2012
Gustav Sonesson
marked it as to-read
Oct 31, 2012
Dawn Harvey
marked it as to-read
Jan 02, 2013
Logan Gaal
marked it as to-read
Mar 06, 2013
Brittany Rucker
marked it as to-read
Apr 07, 2014
Tina Atkinson
marked it as to-read
Oct 31, 2014
Danielle
marked it as to-read
Nov 14, 2014
Kimberly
marked it as to-read
Nov 14, 2014
Lynndell
marked it as to-read
Sep 21, 2015
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Related Articles

While dealing with her husband's illness, this debut author turned to the refuge of Jane Austen's work. That refuge turned into her highly anticipa...
88 likes · 13 comments