IFWG is very pleased to announce that as of October 2021, David Bowles’ middle grade fantasy, The Smoking Mirror (Book 1 of his Garza Twins Series) has exceeded 30,000 print sales in North America. This is on top of winning an American Library Association Honor (Belpre), and being picked up as elective text for a significant number of elementary schools. IFWG is also proud of publishing a series that has Hispanic teens as the central protagonists, with strong Aztec ancestry.
Congratulations, David, for this amazing achievement!
IFWG is pleased to reveal the cover for David Bowles‘ fourth instalment in his Garza Twins 5-part middle grade series, Wings Above the Burning Earth. Yet again, wonderful work by artist and designer, Charlene Bowles, following the pattern of using a dominant colour to represent the setting and themes in each book.
Bowles recently wrote an excellent article describing the genesis (and journey) of the Garza Twins series. It is fascinating reading.
For those who are not familiar with this series, think about acquiring the award-winning and best selling first novel, The Smoking Mirror.
IFWG Publishing is proud and excited to acquire world-wide Spanish publishing rights for the middle grade fantasy Garza Twins series by David Bowles. “We have had outstanding success with David’s series,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG, “and the five books deserve to be read by Spanish-speaking readers the world over, and those who are students of the language. We are looking forward to Book 1 The Smoking Mirror – an ALA Honor awarded title – to be released in the first half of 2020.”
The series will be translated by Libia Brenda (outstanding writer and Spanish language scholar based in Mexico) and edited by Silvia Brown, Spanish-born author and editor, resident in Australia. A new set of cover art designs will be commissioned for the Spanish-language series, by the same talented artist and designer, Charlene Bowles.
IFWG is pleased to announce the release of The Hidden City by David Bowles, the third book in the Garza Twins middle grade series. Bowles continues his story of the adventurous twins and more importantly, continues providing much-needed Mexican-American literature for young teenage readers. Wonderful artwork and design again by Charlene Bowles.
When Carol and Johnny learn of the Ollamat, an ancient stone that can channel savage magic, they convince their parents to take them to the cloud forests of Oaxaca. With Pingo’s help, they search for the legendary city where it has been protected for a thousand years.
But the twins aren’t the only ones hunting for the Ollamat. After it is stolen, they must travel through an emerald mirror into the beautiful yet dangerous Tlalocan: the paradise of the rain god. To retrieve the stone, they must face talking apes and forest elementals, rock worms and vicious elves, demons of lightning and something even more unexpected: the souls of people they have watched die.
As always, they are aided by allies old and new, though nothing can quite prepare them for the biggest foe of all – a member of their very family.
The Hidden City is available in all good bricks and mortar and online book stores, in print and ebook formats.
We know a lot of fans have been waiting for Book 3 of the Garza Twins series by David Bowles, The Hidden City. It will be released in Q2 2018, which may disappoint some, but at the least we can reveal the front cover – yet another fantastic design and artwork by Charlene Bowles.
For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of reading David’s young teen/middle grade series, click on the earlier book covers to find out more about what it’s all about, and why he won an American Library Association Honor Award for The Smoking Mirror. You way also want to read the first chapter (previously posted). Continue reading →
David Bowles‘ Garza Twins series is an outstanding set of middle grade novels, set in our world where the mythology of central America is all too real. The protagonists – the shapeshifting twins Carol and Johnny – are Mexican-American, filling a much needed diversity gap in young teen reading. The first book of the series, The Smoking Mirror, won the prestigious ALA Belpré Honor, and is IFWG’s best selling book. Book 2, A Kingdom Beneath the Waves, has also received critical acclaim.
Next year we will be publishing Book 3, The Hidden City. We felt David’s many fans deserve a preview of this novel, so we have Chapter One reproduced below. We will soon reveal the cover.
“Okay, guys, that was my mom.” Carol leaned toward her monitor with a sad smile. “Time for bed, I guess.”
“What?” Jessica demanded from the Skype screen. “Dude, tomorrow is the last day of classes!”
“Exacto,” Itza agreed. “Piensa, güey—we’re not going to be at the same school anymore! Can’t she give you a little more time?”
Carol glanced at the little box where Nikki’s face stared out at her. The girl said nothing, but there was sadness all over her features.
The Garza family’s Christmas vacation in Mexico is cut short by the appearance of Pingo, one of the tzapame–Little People. The news is grim–a rogue prince from an ancient undersea kingdom is seeking the Shadow Stone, a device he will use to flood the world and wipe out humanity.
Now Carol and Johnny must join a group of merfolk and travel into the deepest chasms of the Pacific Ocean to stop him and his monstrous army with their savage magic.
In the wake of David Bowles receiving an Author Honor in the 2016 ALA Belpre award, for his young teen novel, The Smoking Mirror, we can now reveal the cover of its sequel, A Kingdom Beneath the Waves. Kudos to Charlene, David’s daughter, for designing a wonderful cover, consistent with Book 1, but also unique in many ways.
A Kingdom Beneath the Waves will be released in early April 2016.
The Pura Belpré Award is presented to a Latino or Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays the Latino cultural experience in a work of literature for children or youth. It was established in 1996 through the American Library Association.
We congratulate David Bowles for an inspiring achievement and thank him for teaming with our publishing company. We are also looking forward to publishing the next book in The Garza Twins series, The Kingdom Beneath the Waves, in April 2016.
If you want to know what all the fuss is about, visit our title page and consider purchasing the print or ebook version of The Smoking Mirror. Libraries and booksellers should visit our wholesale page if interested in purchasing multiple copies.