New Release: The Hidden City by David 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.

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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.

Cover Reveal: The Hidden City by David Bowles

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.

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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

Preview: The Hidden City by David Bowles

David BowlesGarza 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.


Chapter One

“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.

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