September 11th, 2009

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Authorial Intrusion - Sydney Salter

I’m delighted to RE-introduce my fellow debut author, Sydney Salter, today on Authorial Intrusion. Sydney is a double debuter this year! Her first YA novel - My Big Nose, and Other Natural Disasters, came out in April, and is a hilarious read!

Jungle Crossing is a middle grade novel - I envy Sydney her range! Here's the synopsis:

Thirteen-year-old Kat can think of dozens of good reasons not to go on a boring family vacation to hot, grungy Mexico. Number one: missing her friend Fiona's minicamp. If she's not there, she'll begin eighth grade as a social reject. And it looks like she's the odd girl out on vacation, too. When Kat's parents arrange for her and her younger sister, Barb, to go on a teen adventure tour, Barb makes more friends than she does. The only person who will talk to Kat is Nando, a young Mayan guide (who happens to be quite a cutie). Each day as they travel to different Mayan ruins, Nando tells Kat and Barb another installment in the original legend of Muluc, a girl who lived in the time of the Ancient Maya. The dangerous, dramatic world in which Muluc lives is as full of rivalry, betrayal, jealousy, and sacrifice as Kat's world at school. And as she makes new friends and discovers new treasures in Mexico, Kat begins to wonder: Is she willing to keep sacrificing her self in exchange for popularity?

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