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M. G. Harris
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1 Feb 2010 The Joshua Files (Book 1)
When his archaeologist father goes missing after an air crash in Mexico, UFO-obsessed Josh suspects alien abduction. But after he discovers his dad was murdered, Josh is caught up in a race to find the legendary Ix Codex -- a lost book of the ancient Maya containing a prophecy about the end of the world...

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Product details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Children's Books UK; 1 edition (1 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407116118
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407116112
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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M.G. (Maria Guadalupe) Harris was born in Mexico City and grew up in Manchester, England.

As a teenager, during regular visits to her father in Mexico, M.G. became fascinated by Mayan archaeology. She made several trips to Mayan ruins in Yucatan and Chiapas and one such trip gave her the seed of the idea of what would later become The Joshua Files.

M.G. was interested in molecular biology and studied biochemistry at St Catherine's College and St Cross College, Oxford University. M.G. spent several years working in research laboratories before setting up her own internet company. A skiing accident in 2004 forced M.G. to spend many weeks recuperating from surgery.

She decided to keep a promise she'd made to herself to one day pursue a career as a novelist. Writing on a laptop next to her bed, M.G. began work on a techno thriller which combined her two intellectual loves - archaeology and biology. From this initial manuscript came the idea for a story featuring a young boy searching for a lost Mayan codex ... and The Joshua Files were born.

The first title in the series, 'Invisible City' was the UK's fastest-selling children's fiction debut for 2008.

M.G. lives in Oxford with her husband and their two daughters.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it................... 17 Dec 2010
A Kid's Review

i am a major fan of all things Harry Potter, Alex Rider and Percy Jackson but this book (and it's sequels) puts those to shame!!!!!!!(tho i still love them!)
i absolutely loved this book it has a major storyline and has absolutely amazing settings, characters and dilemmas.!!!!!!!!
Anyway enough about what i thought you shouldn't be reading this you should be reading the book so buy it!!!!!!!

By Beth x
aged 12
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Great! 4 Feb 2008
I won't enter into the debate comparing the Joshua Files to the Bourne movies - the key point is that this book is an absolutely brilliant read in its own right. Actionwise, it starts strong, builds, and then takes off with the kind of page turning intensity which makes you want to skip meals and read all night. 'Read page 37', instructs the back cover - believe me, on page 37 we're barely into second gear; it's good, but it gets a whole lot better.

I'll repeat the observations of other reviewers here and comment that all this action is deftly balanced with an exceptionally strong characterisation. The result is that it isn't just exciting to accompany Josh on his adventures - we actually understand him and care what happens to him all the way through. My eleven year old daughter, not a pure action or sci fi fan, is riveted by the power of the emotional story.

Another perfect balance is achieved in the level of challenge the book presents to the reader. Of course there's the code woven into the book, and the prizes offered on the book's website for cracking that. Beyond this there are enough ideas and information thoughout to spark the curiosity of the most active mind. It's easy to find the Author's website and begin one's own fascinating exploration of Mayan mysteries. At the same time the writing style is so direct and accessible, that even a reluctant reader can just relax and enjoy the simple thrill of the story.

Finally, I have to mention the slip cover. It's not often one gets a 'wow!' reaction just from walking around holding a book. Honestly, go and look at one in a shop. Buy one now, for yourself or your kids, and be the envy of all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What you need to know 27 Nov 2011
This book is really good. If you like adventure with a touch of history this is the one for you. It takes a while to start up but you need to believe in it. If you like this other stories that are adventure/action with histiry in it are: Percy Jackson and Kane Chronicles. These are both extremely interesting. This book is a book with something for everything: hint of romance, humour and lots of action. I highly recommend it for everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 13 Nov 2010
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Last Joshua had heard from his father, he was in Mexico searching for an ancient codex believed to contain key information regarding the 2012 Mayan Prophecy foretelling the end of the world.

Now, his father has been reported dead in a mysterious plane crash. Believing his father's death was probably not an accident, Joshua flies across the Atlantic to investigate. There he runs into unknown relatives, shady American intelligence agents, a secret society, and a living Mayan city.

Who can Josh trust? What really happened to his father? Will he get home alive?

INVISIBLE CITY is a great action-packed adventure. The background information for the book is presented well. The characters are well-developed., and the plot is superbly spun by the author. The mystery is intense and keeps readers on their toes.

Those who like fantasy, adventure, science fiction, history, and mystery will all enjoy reading this book.

Reviewed by: Kira M
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing,start to finish!!! 27 April 2010
By stacey
Well what can i say? Nothing wrong with this book,it is a gripping thriller that will keep you wondering whats next from start to finish! Absolutely amazing have never read a better book than the Joshua Files Trilogy. Must buy for all!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A startling debut 5 Feb 2008
A remarkable debut novel from MG Harris - as enthralling as an 'adult' thriller, emotionally insightful and far, FAR better written than Harry Potter or any of the other teenage crazes.

The plot revolves around 13 year-old Joshua Garcia, who is plunged into a world of intrigue when his father dies in a mysterious plane crash in Mexico. What follows is constantly exciting, always inventive and shows a wonderful willingness to subvert conventions with huge plot twists. A wonderful book and highly recommended to everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story Fantastic Read 3 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Invisible city has a great plot and the next one ice shock carries on amazingly well. All in all i think this is a great read an you should defiantly buy it :~)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Book I've ever read 27 April 2010
A Kid's Review
This book really is one of the highlights of my extensive book collection and is part of one of the best sets of books I have ever read. In the last year of having the book I have read it around 4 times and not got bored reading it once. The storyline in gripping and the twists in the plot always make you want to read on more and more. The book is a brilliant read for people of all ages and lots of readers will like it and many will also give it 5 stars. In the most probable circumstance that you enjoy this book you will probably like to read the next in the series Ice Shock (The Joshua Files #2)and following thatZero Moment (The Joshua Files #3)

I hope you enjoy the book
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Alex Rider is tough and clever, Percy Jackson has the powers of a god, Harry Potter is a mighty wizard, but none of these characters give you the intrigue and excitement that you... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Escapism I needed escapism I got
The young adult genre is something I am probably starting to verge on being too old for, however, I find the genre, especially fantasy and sci-fi great escapism. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mr Stuart McKay
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but not brilliant
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Published on 25 Jan 2012 by Schnizzel
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely great
I got this book for christmas a few years ago and i really enjoyed it, i think this is one of my favourite books, i got the second and third which i also really enjoyed, ive... Read more
Published on 28 Mar 2011 by JacD
5.0 out of 5 stars EPIC adventure
This is Joshua Garcia's epic adventure, but when you read it, it feels like this is your epic adventure!
This book is a thrilling ride, I highly recommend it! Read more
Published on 27 April 2010 by Joshua Balfour
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!
This book is a great first book for the series as it gives so much to offer in the future. A must read for all adventure fans as it is different from another topic as it is set in... Read more
Published on 11 April 2010 by Mrs. C. D. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Invisible city:other edition!
On my first Edition I said this was the best book ever. IT IS!!! This is one of the many cover editons of the joshua files books. It should be made into a film!
Published on 8 April 2010 by Craig I. Wilson
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