Author: Martha Bourke Publisher: Balam Press Genre: YA- Paranormal My purchase price: $2.99 When I realized Jaguar Sun was a book about the end of the Mayan calendar (12/21/12, for those who haven’t yet started their end-of-the-world toolkit), I sighed and thought it was going to be a long, bumpy ride to the end. But this book’s quick pace and positive twist on the end of the world (yeah, apparently it’s possible), kept me happily turning the pages. Maya is typical teenager worrying about friends, boys, family, and where to get her next Diet Coke fix. But the jaguar that haunts her dreams has now made an appearance in her waking life. Then, Maya finds out that she’s actually a shapeshifter, which makes her even more of a freak in her community. With the help of her two best friends — a set of slightly bland but realistic twins — and her grandmother, an Elder in the Mayan community, Maya learns to accept and embrace her jaguar spirit. But when she finds out that her powers bring with them great responsibility, she struggles to find her way.
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