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Jaguar Trials by Ruth Eastham

Jaguar Trials

Ruth Eastham

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An expedition along the Amazon to find the legendary El Dorado provides an exotic setting for this rewarding adventure story. Thirteen-year-old Ben is in Brazil with his archaeologist father, but they are separated when their boat capsizes. Swept downriver Ben and his friend Rafael encounter a local tribe whose Shaman picks Ben out. Fired up with the promise that he can find his father, and the treasure that lured so many to their death, Ben agrees to undergo the mysterious Jaguar Trials. The reader is fully aware of the danger Ben is in, and it’s a nail-biting read, the tension heightened by the supernatural backdrop. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

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  • Holly Wilkins, age 11 - 'Spellbinding, intriguing and mysterious...I loved this book.  I just wanted to keep on reading, not even wanting to stop for dinner!'
  • Amisha McCrystal, age 13 - 'This was a brilliant adventure, I loved it.'
  • Emma Rawicz-Szczerbo, age 13 - 'This book was suspenseful and, in a word, just amazing. I was gripped within two seconds of starting it!'
  • Isaac Phelan, age 11 - 'Adventure and ancient wonder merge to form this brilliant book. This epic novel is sure to quench the thirst of the many adventure seekers that roam the bookshops in search of the perfect read.'
  • Jack Saddler, age 10 - 'Three children embark on an exciting adventure - cleverly written and hard to put down.  I really liked the moral dilemma that Ben faces - does he make the right decision? 5 star read!'
  • Alex Hall, age 9 - 'I liked this book, I couldn't put it down once I had started it. It was about nature, adventure and action.'
  • Alice East, age 10 - 'When an expedition in the Amazon goes horribly wrong it is up to Ben to save his dad and friends.  To save them he must first pass the Jaguar Trials...a really gripping book, jam packed with action and adventure.'
  • Francesca Hughes, age 13 - 'It’s a good summer read if you want to be transported to Africa and have an adventure.'
  • Adam Graham, age 12 - 'I think one of the reasons why this book is so good because it combines two great things – Mystics and the unknown.'
  • Benjy Randall, age 11 - 'Highly enjoyable read, which I would recommend to anybody who enjoys a good mystery story.'
  • Nina Whittaker, age 12 - 'I think that that The Jaguar Trials is a fantastic book and is beautifully written. I found myself gripped from the first page, my eyes didn't leave it for over two hours!'
  • Sam Harper, age 11 - 'Alex Rider crossed with Indiana Jones. Fantastic!'
  • Tomasz Hawryszczuk, age 10 - 'What a great adventure story. I couldn't put this book down as I needed to find out what happened to Ben and his Dad. Lots of adventure, magic, spirits and excitement to read in this book.'
  • Amisha McCrystal, age 13 - An adrenalin packed adventure story set in South America.  It is filled with mysterious questions and lots of nail-biting events.  This was a brilliant adventure, I loved it.

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Jaguar Trials by Ruth Eastham

Thirteen-year-old Ben finds himself in Central America with his parents - and stumbling into an ancient mystery. Along with two local kids, he is determined to solve the ancient trials of El Dorado, lift the curse and find the gold. But along the way Ben learns important things about friendship - and realizes that treasure might not be all there is to find at the end of the trials. Another rip-roaring action adventure from author Ruth Eastham, blending clues, magic and mystery.

About the Author

Ruth Eastham

Sarah J. Maas wrote the first incarnation of her debut novel, Throne of Glass, when she was just sixteen. Since its publication, it has been shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Teen Book of the Year and has sold in sixteen languages. The sequels, Crown of Midnight and Heir of Fire, are New York Times bestsellers. When Sarah is not writing, she can be found watching everything from Star Wars to Hayao Miyazaki films and reading fairy tales. To find out more, visit

To find out more about Ruth and download free study guides for The Memory Cage, visit her website.

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Scholastic Press an imprint of Scholastic

Publication date

7th May 2015




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