By Egmont

Reviewed for Fifth Grade, 2010

Max Murphy is kind of lazy. He likes video games, fast food, and central air conditioning. He despises the arcane archeology that brings his parents to far flung places across the world, while he gets left behind with the housekeeper. When his relaxing Italian vacation gets canceled and Max is forced instead to get on a plane to join his parents in Central America, he is none too pleased. But when he arrives to find they've gone missing, it's up to Max to shake off his spoiled nature and find them. Dangerous terrain, mysterious secrets, ancient pyramids, and a whole lot of Mayan history play into this fast paced action adventure. A great fit for fans of Percy Jackson and a seemless way to spark an interest in ancient civilizations. (Egmont, $8.99)