The Hero Twins

Against the Lords of Death [A Mayan Myth]

From the Series Graphic Myths and Legends

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Can two young boys outsmart and outwit the lords of death? The Hero Twins, Hunahpu and Xbalanque, were blessed by the Mayan gods with special powers. But their incredible skill at playing Pok-ta-Pok, the Mayan ball game, angers the lords of Xibalba, rulers of the land of the dead. When the lords challenge them to a Pok-ta-Pok game in Xibalba, the twins know they must use all of their powers and cunning to defeat the lords’ many challenges. Will they survive the land of the dead?

Format List Price Your Price Qty
978-1-58013-892-5
$9.99 $9.99
978-0-76133-997-7
$42.65 $31.99
Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Graphic Novels, Nonfiction
Copyright 2008
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Graphic Universe ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2008-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 2.5
Reading Counts! Points 6.0
BISACS JNF052030, JNF062000
Dewey 398.2089'9742
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 6.375 x 9.25
Lexile 550
Guided Reading Level U
ATOS Reading Level 2.8
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 119040
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Maps, Original artwork, Pronunciation guide, Reviewed, Table of contents, and Teaching Guides

Reviews

Booklist

“The action-packed hero tale and lively art will attract children who enjoy sports as well as those who like superhero comics, such as Spider-Man. Both the author and the artist researched the Popol Vuh and Mayan art and culture in order to be faithful to the legend.” —Booklist

School Library Journal

“A narrative of a contemporary boy assigned to read the myth for school begins and ends the story. . . this framing device may draw in readers resistant to the historical or ‘educational’ theme. Children may not pick this up on their own, but once they begin they’ll find much to enjoy.” —School Library Journal

Illustrator: David Witt

David Witt is an artist living and working in Saint Paul, Minnesota. His work as a poster artist has been published in the Art of Modern Rock by Paul Grushkin and Dennis King, and Gig Posters by Clayton Hayes. He has done menu screen art for Guitar Hero II, as well as creating numerous T-shirt designs and album art for bands around the world. He continues to work freelance and also finds time to paint and participate in art shows around the country. In the summer he spends most of his time in his garden. His work at Lerner includes Isis and Osiris, The Hero Twins, Nightmare on Zombie Island, Captured by Pirates, and Attack of the Mutant Meteors.

Author: Dan Jolley

Aside from the books Dan Jolley has done for Lerner, he has also published a series of original YA novels called Alex Unlimited, as well as teen and junior novelizations for the movies Iron Man and Transformers 2. Dan has published hundreds of comic books from Marvel, DC, and most of the other major publishers in the country.

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Graphic Myths and Legends

Supreme artwork and storytelling are the hallmarks of Lerner Publishing Group’s Graphic Universe imprint. With art and text created by experienced graphic novel authors and artists―who also work for publishers such as DC and Marvel―using traditional drawings, coloring, and… View available downloads →