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Me oh Maya!
Scieszka, Jon.
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Publication Information:
New york : Viking, 2003.
Physical Description:
69 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Joe, Fred, and Sam find themselves whisked by The Book to the main ring-ball court in Chichin Itza, Mexico in 1000 A.D., where they must play for their lives against a Mayan High Priest who cheats.
Reading Level:
530 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 3.6 1.0 71260.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.1 3 Quiz: 34210 Guided reading level: P.
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Joe, Sam, and Fred have been thrown back in time yet again. This time the Trio find themselves whisked by The Book from a basketball court in Brooklyn to the main ring ball court in Chichén Itzá, Mexico. The year is 1000 a. d. and the rules are a little different. Now the boys are playing for their lives with the Mayan High Priest as their opponent. Will they be able to get home before they learn the true meaning of a sudden death penalty?

Illustrated by Adam McCauley.

Author Notes

Jon Scieszka was born September 8, 1954 in Flint , Michigan. After he graduated from Culver Military Academy where he was a Lieutenant, he studied to be a doctor at Albion College. He changed career directions and attended Columbia University where he received a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1980. Before he became a full time writer, Scieszka was a lifeguard, painted factories, houses, and apartments and also wrote for magazines. He taught elementary school in New York for ten years as a 1st grade assistant, a 2nd grade homeroom teacher, and a computer, math, science and history teacher in 3rd - 8th grade.

He decided to take off a year from teaching in order to work with Lane Smith, an illustrator, to develop ideas for children's books. His book, The Stinky Cheese Man received the 1994 Rhode Island Children's Book Award. Scieszka's Math Curse, illustrated by Lane Smith, was an American Library Association Notable Book in 1996; a Blue Ribbon Book from the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books in 1995; and a Publisher's Weekly Best Children's Book in 1995. The Stinky Cheese Man received Georgia's 1997 Children's Choice Award and Wisconsin's The Golden Archer Award. Math Curse received Maine's Student Book Award, The Texas Bluebonnet Award and New Hampshire's The Great Stone Face Book Award in 1997. He was appointed the first National Ambassador for Young People's Literature by the Library of Congress in 2008. In 2014 his title, Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor made The New York Times Best Seller List. Frank Einstein and the Electro-Finger made the list in 2015.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 2-6. Scieszka's ever-popular Time Warp Trio is off again, this time to Chichen Itza, Mexico, circa 1000 C. E. Joe, Sam, and Fred land in the middle of an ancient ball game, similar to basketball. Unfortunately, an evil high priest, Kakapupahed, is determined to sacrifice the kids to appease the harvest gods. Joe, Sam, and Fred have other ideas, of course, and with the help of the high priest's nephew, Jun, the three manage to embarrass and depose Kakapupahed, save their own lives, and return safely to Brooklyn. As in the earlier titles, this story is full of improbable situations, anachronisms, bad puns, and silly high jinks--in short, all the qualities that have endeared the author to young readers for so many years. At the same time, Scieszka manages to work in a fair amount of information about Mayan culture, especially the calendar and number system, without ruining the story. McCauley's black-and-white art is appropriately goofy. For series fans as well as newly independent and reluctant readers. --Kay Weisman Copyright 2003 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-5-The Time Warp Trio takes yet another unscheduled trip to the past. One moment Fred, Sam, and Joe are teasing one another on the basketball court in Brooklyn, and the next, they're playing for their lives on a Mayan ball court. The three boys must rely on their wits, one another, and the kindness of strangers to get out of a dreadful jam. Newly independent readers will find plenty of momentum in the dialogue and action. Scieszka introduces just enough about the Mayan people to set up plenty of puns and even a little bathroom humor. McCauley's cartoons underscore the crazy sense of high adventure. This time-tested formula succeeds again.-Pat Leach, Lincoln City Libraries, NE (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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