The Jaguar Stones: The End of the World Club, by J&P Voelkel
Max Murphy and his parents are back home in Boston, safe and sound. But Max knows he owes the Mayan death lords a favor in return for rescuing his parents. Though his parents would like to pretend that nothing even happened. When the death lords return, Max is ordered to find the remaining Yellow Jaguar stone and hand it over to them. Lola and a couple of howler monkeys friends follow Max to Spain to help with finding the Yellow Jaguar. But in a small town they find superstitious residents, hellhounds, and the evil Count Antonio de Landa all hindering the teen’s search. With the end of the Mayan calendar approaching, there are some who think the end of the world is near. And the death lords have something sinister planned.
The story takes place mostly in Spain, but Mayan folklore is still central and includes the Spanish conquistadors’ impact on society. This sequel is no slouch in the adventure department. The danger and suspense is nonstop, with many surprises, along the way. The intensity gradually builds throughout the last half of the book to an unexpected ending. With plenty of humor to lighten the dark and ominous mood, this fantasy adventure series is a fun read for middle readers on up.
The Jaguar Stones: The End of the World Club releases from Egmont on December 28, 2010.