By Elizabeth Mann
Illustrated by Tom McNeely

10" x 10"
48 pages, Color

Hardcover US $22.95

iBooks $6.99

The center of the Maya world.

During the first millennium A.D., one of the world's great civilizations appeared in the dense jungles of Mesoamerica. All over the Yucatan Peninsula, the Maya mastered sophisticated principles of mathematics, architecture, agriculture, and astronomy and created scores of powerful city-states. At the center of this world was the city of Tikal.

Sprawling over twenty-five square miles, Tikal prospered from trade and military triumphs. Its rulers used its wealth to build a magnificent city of luxurious palaces, grand plazas, and some of the largest stone pyramids ever seen in the Americas.

The story of this great city-from its humble beginnings, through its wars, to its "golden age"-illuminates the Maya world in all its grandeur, blood, glory, and genius.

"Lavishly illustrated...Full and double-page illustrations, executed in watercolor, are detailed and provide a reconstruction of life more than 1000 years ago....This is a fascinating look at a civilization that disappeared both mysteriously and abruptly."
School Library Journal

Elizabeth Mann lives in New York City with her husband and business partner Stuart Waldman. Formerly a teacher in the New York City Public Schools, she holds an M.S.E. from Bank Street College of Education. She is co-founder of Mikaya Press and the author of The Brooklyn Bridge, Empire State Building, Statue Of Liberty, The Great Pyramid, The Great Wall, The Roman Colosseum, The Panama Canal, Machu Picchu, Hoover Dam, The Parthenon, Taj Mahal and Tikal.

Tom McNeely has won awards from the Society of Illustrators, The Art Directors Club of New York, The Art Directors Club of Toronto, and Communication Arts Magazine. The Canadian Association of Photographers and Illustrators in Communications honored him with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Tom McNeely lives and works in Toronto. He is the illustrator of A Long and Uncertain Journey, Despite All Obstacles, and Tikal.

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