In full disclosure, I'm pretty psyched about the new Rick Riordan imprint series of world mythology for middle-grade readers.
This one not only has Mayan mythology (which I was searching for last year when we were studying them) but also homeschooling (due to bullying, which is actually which is a nice nod to normalizing the whole idea.)
I have a personal goal of reading more diverse books this year and this one is so well written I'd recommend it to adults too. It follows the "Rick Riordan" formula of a kid discovering that the myths of their heritage are indeed real. It's both familiar and comfortable for kids who are into this genre. Plus, I bet most of the gods will be new to readers. Everyone has some knowledge of Greek, Roman, Egyptian and now thanks to Marvel Norse gods. This universe was new to me and was so fun to delve into.
I'd also add that Zane is so much fun to read about and he is definitely as likable as Percy Jackson. I'm looking forward to reading this aloud as a bedtime story and to hopefully a few sequels!
Please note that I received a free advance E ARC of this book from NetGalley without a review requirement or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that, I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes