Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico

David Bowles (Author)

Product Details

$24.95  $22.95
Cinco Puntos Press
Publish Date
May 22, 2018
6.3 X 1.3 X 9.1 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author

Legends and myths captured David Bowles's imagination as a young Latino reader; he was fascinated with epics like the Iliad and the Odyssey. Despite growing up on the United States/Mexico border, he had never read a single Aztec or Mayan myth until he was in college. This experience inspired him to reconnect with that forgotten past. He is currently working on adapting stories from Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky for a younger audience with the middle grade graphic novel series Tales of the Feathered Serpent. The first installment, Rise of the Halfling King tells the story of the dwarf king of Uxmal. Several of his previous books have also incorporated themes from Mexican myths that are told throughout generations such as the middle grade graphic novel, The Chupacabras of the Rio Grande (The Unicorn Rescue Series) which includes the infamous chupacabra, a creature from Latin American folklore that sucks the blood of livestock, goats, and even people. His other works include They Call Me Guero: A Border Kid's Poems which won the Pura Belpré Honor award, the TIL Best Middle Grade Book award, the Tomás Rivera award, and numerous other honors.


"Strange and yet familiar, comforting and also inspiring, David Bowles' Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky brings Mesoamerican mythology to vivid life. A D'Aulaire' Book of Greek Myths for the twenty-first century, kids and adults will be left in awe."--Adam Gidwitz, author of the Newbery-Honor winning The Inquisitor's Tale

"An important, well-written, and compelling text that teaches us about a lost history and the rich and too often forgotten magic of various groups like the Aztec, Maya, and Toltecs. "--J.C. Cervantes, author of The Storm Runner

★"Mexican-American Pura Belpré honoree David Bowles brings his passion and expertise to this new compilation of mythological tales from Mexico ... Despite the darkness that pervades most of the tales, Bowles' dense yet lyrical prose raises the narrative to a level suited to high mythological tradition and illuminates the foundations on which contemporary Mexican culture is laid."-- Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

"A masterful storyteller, Bowles packs the richness of the Mesoamerican cosmos into every sentence, bringing to vivid life ancient characters who are by turns funny, heartbreaking, lovable, grotesque, and venerable. ... Bowles's Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky will be crucial to Mesoamerican literary and cultural studies as well as important to Mexican and Mexican American rediscoveries of effaced pasts for many years to come. Scholars and readers of mythology and folklore: add this to the classics."-- World Literature Today

"An excellent resource for those interested in exploring epic tales, world mythologies, history and culture of Mexico. Highly recommended for students, teachers, historians and storytellers."--Reading Style, Barbara Moon

"David Bowles' Feathered Serpent / Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico deserves to be a bestseller for all the right reasons: accessible, informative, essential."--La Bloga

"While certainly a treasure trove for storytellers, this is also highly valuable as a classroom resource for units on Mesoamerican history or examinations of how a place's myths are inherently linked to its history."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books