Unraveling the riddle of Maya language, this part mystery, part history deciphers hieroglyphs and presents the story of this ancient civilization. Young readers follow a team of archaeologists as they translate early messages and learn about these early Americans' spectacular art, monumental architecture, and sophisticated mathematical and astronomical systems. Inviting children to create their own hieroglyphs based on the Mayas, this adventurous reference is an intriguing account of code breakers, mysterious messages, and Mesoamerican culture.
Laurie Coulter is the author of "Ballplayers and Bone Setters," "Cowboys and Coffin Makers," and" When John and Caroline Lived in the White House." She lives in Toronto, Ontario.Sarah Jane English is an artist whose work has appeared in advertisements, magazine, and books. She is the illustrator of "The Top Chefs of New Orleans" and "The Wines of Texas." She lives in Georgetown, Ontario."