Joanne, Russel, Jade, and Jake are just the typical miners you would expect on a mining expedition, but not this mission. The four miners’ goals are to go to Peru to discover the rare ruby diamond, a gem discovered in ancient times by mountain men and has never been found since. When the foursome reaches Peru, they find the unusual mine. And then . . . “All of a sudden, the wind started howling. The trees started shaking. It was as if the clouds were yelling rain out of their system. The sky was gray. There was lightning shooting across the sky. The thunder was pounding against our ears. “It’s a storm,” Jake said. “Thank you, Mr. Obvious!” Jade sneered. Suddenly, we saw a boulder fall from the cave’s ceiling. Not before long, boulders started piling up in front of us, which was the entrance. “What’s happening!” Joanne yelled over the voice of nature. “It’s an avalanche!” I yelled. “Run out of the cave! Quickly!” But we were too late. The boulders stacked up on us, and we were trapped.”
Maya Engenheiro was born on January 28, 2003. She is currently eleven years old. She lives in Bronxville, New York, with her parents and brother and loves to write. Other hobbies include art, drama, chess, and piano. She has also recently won a national art contest and has participated in many chess tournaments. She has two cats, Kit Kat and Snickers. One of her dreams is to become an author.