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?
What is your favorite word?
What is your least favorite word?
What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
I like to draw, but please don't tell anyone. Fiona wants us all to take dance again this year.
What turns you off?
Oh, I have a whole list, starting with forced family vacations to Mexico and ending with mean teen tour guides!
What is your favorite curse word?
Barb. My little sister is a serious curse in my life!
What sound or noise do you love?
Quiet. The kind you hear in a Mayan village.
What sound or noise do you hate?
The crazy sounds a plane makes while taking off--I'm so afraid of crashing!
What profession would you like to attempt?
I'd like to illustrate Nando's story about Muluc. And maybe some other books someday.
What profession would you not like to do?
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
Don't worry, Fiona isn't here (she didn't meet the requirements). But Muluc is waiting for you. And does she ever have a story to tell!
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