Thursday, July 1, 2010

Authors on NBC's Today Show

Jon Voelkel and Pamela Craik Voelkel are the authors of Middleworld, the first book in The Jaguar Stones trilogy.

About the Book:
Fourteen-year-old Max Murphy, video-gamer extraordinaire, is furious when his archaeologist parents cancel the family vacation to go on a dig in Central America. But things go from bad to worse when Max is summoned to join them, only to discover that his parents have vanished. With the help of Lola, a fast-talking, quick-thinking Maya girl, Max embarks on a quest to find out just what’s going on. Soon Max and Lola are running for their lives in the perilous rainforest, as they unlock ancient secrets, meet mysterious strangers, and begin to understand that, in San Xavier, nothing is ever as it seems.

Fate has delivered a challenge of epic proportions to Max Murphy. But can a teen whose biggest talent is for video games rescue his parents from the Maya Underworld and save himself from the villainous Lords of Death?

About the Authors:

"Over the last four years, authors Jon and Pamela Voelkel visited over twenty Maya sites across Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico. They’ve canoed underground rivers, tracked howler monkeys in the jungle, and met with leading Maya archaeologists—all in order to provide a rip-roaring adventure for children and an accurate portrayal of an incredible civilization. Many of their amazing escapades made into MIDDLEWORLD which focuses on 14-year-old Max Murphy, who finds himself reluctantly traveling through the jungles of the Maya—complete with haunted temples, zombie armies, and human sacrifice—in order to save his parents, both Maya experts and archaeologists."

Jon and Pamela were featured tonight on NBC's Today Show. To watch it, visit

To learn more about the Jaguar Stones trilogy, visit the site here.

And to read an exerpt from the book click here.

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