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School Library Journal - 12/01/2012 Gr 5–7—Maya lives and breathes science. Her mother, a respected anthropologist, often travels abroad to study ancient civilizations, leaving the 13-year-old with her father. When her dad, a paleontologist, is asked to lead an expedition in the Arctic to uncover the possible remains of a woolly mammoth, Maya goes along. The expedition is funded by a wealthy adventurer, and he has included a host of international scientists, some with questionable intentions-one has ties to the Russian mob and another plans to take the mammoth's DNA back to Japan to clone it. Kyle, a boy Maya's age, is accompanying his mother, another scientist on the team. When it turns out that there is no woolly mammoth, but rather a unique mystical creature hidden in the ice, Maya and Kyle decide to join forces to save it from further destructive scientific experimentation. With the first half of the novel grounded firmly in the world of science, the transition to the realm of the magical and improbable in the second half is a bit surprising. However, Maya is an earnest and likable character and the plot is fast-paced enough to hold readers' attention. Maya's curiosity, bravery, and desire to do the right thing will resonate with many readers.—Ragan O'Malley, Saint Ann's School, Brooklyn, NY - Copyright 2012 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 12/01/2012 When her paleontologist father is contracted to examine a supposed mammoth find, an expedition to the Canadian Arctic becomes the adventure of a lifetime for 13-year-old Maya. The last thing most of the team expects to discover is a winged humanoid form preserved in the ice. Is it an angel? A missing link? An alien? The mystery of what the creature is soon becomes secondary to Maya and Kyle, the son of one of the other scientists, when they discover that the humanoid, or “Charlie,” is alive. Not only is he alive, he has abilities that make the more unscrupulous members of the expedition want to clone him. Quimby hits all the right notes: Maya’s earnest first-person point of view and sense of fair play make her easy to root for, and the inclusion of a boy character as a foil to Maya, along with lively writing and plenty of action, will help this middle-grade novel pull in reluctant readers. - Copyright 2012 Booklist.