CHASING THE JAGUAR by Michele Domínguez Greene

CHASING THE JAGUAR

Age Range: 14 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Combining ancient mysticism with urban Los Angeles, author Greene, formerly an actress on L.A. Law, introduces novice crime-fighter Martika Gálvez. As the teen Latina with the cat-like eyes approaches her 15th birthday, her strange dreams increase in frequency and strength. When her mother’s wealthy employer, a shady car dealer who operates in the black market, sells an unusual jaguar statue stolen from a Mayan temple to the wrong buyer, resulting in the kidnapping of his teenage daughter, Jennifer, Martika believes that her dreams are connected. Under the guidance of Tía Tellín, the barrio “witch,” Martika learns that she is a descendant of a long line of Mayan curanderas, or female shamans. While discovering such abilities as telepathy, telekinesis, pyrokinesis and shape-shifting, Martika begins to put them to use to save Jennifer and recover the statue. This jaguar snores, not roars, as flat, stereotyped characters and a storyline that reads like most primetime television dramas ruin a great premise. (Fiction. YA)

Pub Date: June 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-06-076353-1
Page count: 240pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2006




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