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If you liked The Golden Compass and The Chronicles of Narnia, be prepared to fall in love with mythic fantasy all over again. The Jaguar and the Cacao Tree pulls you into a mesmerizing world that blurs the lines between science, mythology, and the hidden magic of nature most adults find all but impossible.


Max Hammond has a life other science-obsessed boys his age only dream of: he travels the world with his bee researcher dad and science writer mom.

When the Hammond family arrives in Guatemala to study the enigmatic stingless bees of the Maya, Max meets Itzel, a young Maya girl who introduces him to the magic and wonders of rainforest gardens and animal spirit guides. It’s a world that transforms the meaning of all the science Max has ever learned—but its magic is not always benevolent.

One night, Itzel takes Max to an ancient cacao tree tended in secret deep in the jungle by an elite group of Elders. Neither Max nor Itzel are prepared for the forces they unleash when they open the pods of the sacred tree, forces that turn everything they know about the history of cacao upside down, threaten the past and future of the world’s most desirable food, and, worse still, awaken two mythic beasts guarding the very DNA of cacao.

The Jaguar and the Cacao Tree is Book One of the "Max and the Code of Harvests" series.

Includes 32 chapter illustrations and an appreciation by Dr. Allen Young, curator emeritus at the Milwaukee Public Museum and author of The Chocolate Tree.

Language: English, with brief Spanish and Itzà Maya dialogue (all with English translations).


“…a unique middle grade novel that expertly blends magic, science, culture, and ecological awareness.”—School Library Journal

Foreword Reviews selected The Jaguar and the Cacao Tree as one of “Six Best YA Books of Summer 2016.”

"After reading almost every book or blog on the subject, The Jaguar and the Cacao Tree is a strong contender for the best title in the last 5 years."—Mark Christian, The

"A fantastical tale for young adults that explains, through chocolate and the sacred cacao from which it manifests, how we can preserve biodiversity and celebrate the cultures that sustain it."— Simran Sethi, Author of Bread, Wine, Chocolate; The Slow Loss of Foods We Love


Product Details
ISBN-13: 9781938284984
Publisher: LUCITA Publishing
Publication Date: March 21st, 2016