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The Mayans

The Chocolate Tree: A Mayan Folktale
by Linda Lowery

This is a Mayan folktale about the Mayan King who brings his people the gift of the chocolate tree. His brother, Night Jaguar, is not very happy about this and plots to rid the people of this special treat and keep it for the gods.

Time Riders: The Mayan Prophecy
by Alex Scarrow

When Maddy finally unlocks fragments of the secret that Becks has been holding on to, the TimeRiders start to piece together their true purpose. Racing through time to connect the clues, the team discover a Mayan tribe and an ancient relic provides a vital link to the past . . . and future.

But not all the TimeRiders can cope with the discovery, and one threatens to bring them all down if they can act out their revenge . . .

The Hero Twins: Against the Lords of Death ( A Mayan Myth)
by Dan Jolley

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?

Mayan Folktales: 
by James D. Sexton

Originally published in 1992 by Anchor Press, this translated and edited collection of folklore offers a panorama of Mayan mythic heritage. These legends narrate origin and creation stories, explain the natural world and reinforce cultural belief and values such as honesty, sharing, fairness, ability and industriousness.