Koolura and the Mayans by Michael Thal
Koolura is no ordinary girl. Neither is her best friend Leila. Koolura is a twelve-year-old girl with marvelous powers. Indeed, she keeps discovering new ones. In this third book of the Koolura series, she finds out where they come from and what she is capable of, a realization that may just change the course of history. While visiting Mexico, the girls discover a device which hurtles them back in time to an early Mayan civilization. The Mayans have troubles of their own—the alien Aquari people have all but enslaved them. They need a goddess to set them free. Could Koolura be the one?
In his third installment of this series, Thal, expertly transports the reader through time and promises a nail-biting ride through an ancient civilization riddled with plot twists and turns. Koolura and Leila, our beloved heroines, suffer somewhat from a lack of depth, as it is clear these characters have so much more to offer to readers than what they were able to show. Placed against a richly varied landscape of ancient culture combined with a dangerous alien race, the setting falls just short of believable and leaves the reader with the feeling of having one foot in ancient times and another in the future. The author has woven a dynamic story with a powerful plot, but leaves too much on the table to really make the story live up to its full potential. On a positive note, the strong female leads will appeal to young girls and the author reaches out to deaf & ASL teens, inviting them in and giving them a front row seat to the adventure.
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