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.
A Kingdom Beneath the Waves is book 2 of the Garza Twins series by David Bowles, sequel to the award winning The Smoking Mirror. We are pleased to announce the release of the trade paperback edition.
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.
The Smoking Mirror can be purchased in hardcover or trader paperback form from any good online or bricks and mortar bookseller, or directly from the publisher. The Amazon link is now available.
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.
David Bowles‘ The Smoking Mirror, published by IFWG in 2015, has just received an Author Honor in the ALA Belpré Awards. There were only two honors, beside the winner, which is a great achievement for David, as well as a significant nod to the publisher.
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.
IFWG Publishing has been waiting in anticipation for this, and it is with great pleasure that we announce the release of the fantasy novel, The Smoking Mirror, by David Bowles. “This is an important release for us,” IFWG Managing Director, Gerry Huntman, stated, “as this is our first young teen/YA release to the US market. We have other titles targeted for UK/Australian/New Zealand readers, but there was a great big hole in our US market. This fills it admirably.”
While there are a few months before the release of David Bowles’ young teen/middle grade novel, ‘The Smoking Mirror’ (Part 1 of the Garza Twins series), we are delighted to reveal the cover, artwork and design by David’s daughter, Charlene. We were delighted with Charlene’s design and its appropriateness to the target age group of this novel.
The following is a taste of what’s in store:
Carol and Johnny Garza are 12-year-old twins whose lives in a small Texas town are forever changed by their mother’s unexplained disappearance. Shipped off to relatives in Mexico by their grieving father, the twins soon learn that their mother is a nagual, a shapeshifter, and that they have inherited her powers. In order to rescue her, they will have to descend into the Aztec underworld and face the dangers that await them.
We are pleased to announce the signing up of The Smoking Mirror, by David Bowles. “This will add to our middle grade and young adult catalog – particularly in our US/International imprint – and it is a worthy addition indeed,” stated Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG Publishing.
We are expecting this title to be released early in the second quarter of 2015. Stay tuned for more information about the forthcoming book in coming months.
Raised in an ethnically diverse family in south Texas, David Bowles spends most of his days writing, researching, and teaching at a local university. Bowles is author of several books, including Shattering and Bricolage, Creature Feature, Mexican Bestiary, and Flower, Song, Dance: Aztec and Mayan Poetry, which was awarded the 2014 Soeurette Diehl Frasier Award for Best Translation by the Texas Institute of Letters. His work has appeared in multiple magazines, including Translation Review, Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas, Rattle, Concho River Review, Huizache, Texas Poetry Calendar, Interstice, Out of the Gutter, Eye to the Telescope, SQ Mag, James Gunn’s Ad Astra, Red River Review, Ilya’s Honey, and BorderSenses.