Zane Obispo is a thirteen-year-old misfit with one leg shorter than the other. Bullied because of his limp and the cane he uses, Zane takes refuge in his best friend — his three-legged dog Rosie — and in exploring the dormant volcano in his backyard.
One night he witnesses a plane crashing into the mouth of the volcano, and the very next day a strange girl arrives at his school with a shocking secret for him. Zane learns that he is part of an ancient Mayan prophecy involving powerful gods. Action ensues as he races to save the world from destruction. Fans of Rick Riordan will appreciate this book, part of his new imprint featuring world mythology.
~ Eight Cousins
Holiday Pick 2018
— From Holiday Picks 2018
About the Author
"J. C. Cervantes is about to take you on a trip you will never forget, through the darkest, strangest, and funniest twists and turns of Maya myth. You will meet the scariest gods you can imagine, the creepiest denizens of the Underworld, and the most amazing and unlikely heroes who have to save our world from being ripped apart."—Rick Riordan
"The Storm Runner takes us on a wild thrill ride through the Southwest, Los Angeles, and the spirit realm amidst all-night diners, delicious cups of hot chocolate, and Maya deities. A terrific read leading to an explosive page-turner of a finale!"—Daniel Jose Older, New York Times best-selling author of Shadowshaper
"A perfect storm of inspiring heroes, surprising twists, and some seriously scary monsters. This hilarious, expertly-plotted adventure keeps you racing through the pages and leaves you desperate for the next book (and craving a steaming mug of hot chocolate)!"—Shannon Messenger, New York Times best-selling author of the Keeper of the Lost Cities series and the Sky Fall series
"The Storm Runner is brilliant, exhilarating, and funny. Its pages will burn in your hands, and Zane Obispo and the Maya gods will keep you up at night terrified and delighted! But beware, this book might reveal your own hidden magic."—Francisco X. Stork, author of Marcelo in the Real World
* "Zane is an instantly relatable character: he's frustrated by his circumstances and wants to do the right thing, though he often gets into trouble for fighting bullies or wandering off alone. Cervantes wastes no time getting right into the action, and her conversational tone and suspenseful pacing will keep the pages turning as the tension escalates and the characters face deepening stakes. Plentiful references to Mayan mythology and culture are bound to send readers searching for more background info, even with the glossary in the back matter. Don't miss this rip-roaring adventure."—Booklist (starred review)
* "Fantastic and villainous creatures from [Maya] folklore combine with clever, realistic, and heartwarming characters. A page-turning and well-written trip into the world of [Maya] mythology, perfect for fans of David Bowles's Garza "Twins" and Rick Riordan's "Percy Jackson" series."—School Library Journal (starred review)