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Jess (American Girl Today) [Paperback]

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Pages   126
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 6" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 30, 2005
Publisher   American Girl Publishing Inc
Age  8-12
ISBN  1593690169  
EAN  9781593690168  
UPC  723232090167  

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When ten-year-old Jess McConnell meets a new friend on her trip to the ancient Maya ruins in Belize, she is invited on an eco-adventure and makes some real discoveries--about the dangers in the Belizean jungle, about the people who have lived there since long ago, and about herself.When ten-year-old Jess McConnell meets a new friend on her trip to the ancient Maya ruins in Belize, she is invited on an eco-adventure and makes some real discoveries--about the dangers in the Belizean jungle, about the people who have lived there sincelong ago, and about herself.

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Mary Casanova is the author of several novels and picture books including The Hunter, a Booklist Editors' Choice and a winner of the Minnesota Book Award, and Dog Watch, a series of books for early readers. She lives in Ranier, Minnesota.

Ard Hoyt is a graduate of the Art Center College of Design. He's also the illustrator of I'm a Manatee by John Lithgow and Saying Goodbye to Lulu, an ASPCA Henry Bergh Children's Book Award winner by Corinne Demas. He lives in Mesa, Arizona.

Mary Casanova currently resides in Rainier/International Falls, in the state of Minnesota.

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This book was the best!  Sep 6, 2007
Out of all of the AG LE dolls, this story was the best! I loved learning about Mayan culture and even the rainforest. It seemed like a more realistic account of what would happen if you were on an archeologic dig. It was very good and exciting too. I loved Jess' personality and I'm glad AG did an bi-Asian girl, for once!
Good book for little girls!  Dec 16, 2006
I enjoyed this book. Very good for little girls AND little boys!
An enjoyable tale that takes readers on an educational eco-adventure!  Dec 1, 2006
Ten-year-old Jess Akiko McConnell is ecstatic when her Archeologist parents allow her to accompany them to Belize, where they will spend the next five months on an archeological dig. Jess has never had the opportunity to travel alone with her parents, and plans on making this trip extra special, because, for the first time in her life, she won't be the baby of the family, with her sixteen-year-old sister, Heather, and her seventeen-year-old brother, Jason, watching her like a hawk, and telling her what to do. For the first time in her life, she'll just be Jess. But that won't be the only first of this trip. Jess is also being home-schooled for the first time in her life, and, while the Central American heat is harsh for a Michigan-native like herself, she knows that she'll be able to make it through the next few months perfectly. However, after a few weeks, Jess realizes that being the only kid on an archeological dig isn't what she thought it would be. For starters, Jess finds herself bored much of the time, and while the ancient Maya ruins surrounding her are interesting, you can only look at them for a short time before you crave a fun game of soccer. So when Jess encounters a local tour guides daughter, Sarita, she couldn't be happier to have a companion - at least for a short time. But as the two girls explore their surroundings, they realize that they've stumbled upon something spectacular, and must keep their discovery a secret from strangers, or it could be disturbed - as well as destroyed - forever.

I have always been interested in Central America. From the rainforests, to the animals, and everything in between. So when I realized that Mary Casanova's JESS followed an independent young girl through the Belizean jungle, making discoveries at every turn, I knew that it would be a delightful read - I was not disappointed. While this was my first AMERICAN GIRL OF TODAY tale, I found that Casanova's character, as well as the research she did regarding the ancient Maya ruins gave a nice contrasting blend of history and modern-day technology. Jess was an enchanting character from page one, as she admitted her growing fears about her new temporary home, then came to terms with the changes she would have to endure over the next few months. Her interactions with Sarita were enjoyable to read about, and were extremely true to how ten-year-old girls behave around one another - from getting into mischief, to making discoveries, and even to rescuing the wildlife around them. The TRUE STORY at the end of JESS, about a real ten-year-old girl named Elyse, who has the opportunity to accompany her archeologist parents on trips to Belize every year was interesting, and gave a nice finishing touch to Jess' tale. An enjoyable tale that takes readers on an educational eco-adventure!

Erika Sorocco
Jess  May 11, 2006
Mary Casanova's lastest book, "Jess," follows the story of ten-year-old Jess and her first trip with her parents at an archaeological dig of ancient Maya ruins in the Central American country of Belize. Within her first few weeks living in Belize, Jess spends her lonely days without a friend in the world, until she meets a girl named Sarita, who helps Jess overcome her deepest fears and experience the adventure of a lifetime. While undertaking the wild life of caving and canoeing, Jess not only learns about herself and what's truly in her heart, but also the somewhat poverty-stricken life Sarita's family must live, without the modern conveniences Jess is accustomed to. However, as both girls work together, regardless of their numerous differences, they soon discover a piece of the past that no one has ever uncovered before them.

While it can be said "Jess," apart of the American Girl book series, is an enthralling book for your young reader, once read it is clear that "Jess" focuses primarily on capturing the adventurous side of kids, and is somewhat dry for the much-older (teenage) crowd. But overall, "Jess" represents the the cultural background of Central Americans and their way of living, which long-time American Girl fans can greatly appreciate and benefit from.
Very, Very good book!  Feb 3, 2006
This book rocks! It is a perfect book for anyone! Even adults! I will give it two BIG thumbs up!
- Kristen

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