People of the Sun



by Ben Gartner

GENRE: Middle Grade, Action Adventure, Time Travel, Historical Fiction

The explosive reveal about who John and Sarah really are and why they’re traveling through time, with their most gut-wrenching challenge yet.

In the time of the Aztec, a scoundrel named Cort├ęs arrives and the kids are forced to make an extremely difficult decision: If you could change history, should you? For more twists, more danger, and more fun, read the third book in The Eye of Ra series, People of the Sun!


When they came out of a pine forest and could see the lake below, with Tenochtitlan as a dazzling island city, John couldn’t help but mutter, “Wow.”

He heard his sister mumble the same thing.

The city sparkled and spread out with a much bigger footprint than John had imagined. He’d heard of the famed city of the Aztec, but he’d always pictured something . . . smaller. This was a regular metropolis, with suburbs and floating islands and multiple huge temples. Canoes drifted on canals like the pictures he’d seen of Venice in Italy, though these canoes were loaded with goods headed to market. Farther out into the lake, men cast nets and brought up flopping silver fish, their scales sparkling in the sun.

John’s mouth watered when he saw a floating garden bursting with leafy greens. The rectangular plot of land had poles sticking out of each side, securing boards that held the dirt like a raised garden bed back home. But this was in the middle of the lake. John squinted at the marvel of it all.

The sound of sloshing water pulled his stare toward a stone trough that started in the hills and was then suspended on man-made islands right across the lake and into the city. “An aqueduct?”

For our drinking water,” Ome said.

But you’re on a lake,” John said, implying that there was fresh water all around.

Lake Texcoco is too salty to drink. Great for the fish, bad for the people,” Huitzi said.

There are dikes that keep some fresh water close to the island, but that is used for farming,” Ome added.

Wow. John never knew that either. They lived on a lake and yet had to build a system of aqueducts to bring in safe drinking water. Amazing.

About the Author

Ben Gartner is the award-winning author of The Eye of Ra time travel adventure series for middle graders. His books take readers for a thrilling ride, maybe even teaching them something in the meantime. Ben can be found living and writing near the mountains with his wife and two boys.







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  1. Sounds like an excellent adventure for the kids and I can't wait to share it with them! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a spectacular holiday season!

  2. Nice cover. Sounds great for the younger audience.

  3. This sounds really interesting.

  4. A fascinating culture. Time Travel stories are always great to read.

  5. What a nice book, had fun learning about it.

  6. I think that the cover of your book is colorful and interesting in design!

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  7. This would seem to be a good way to both introduce a little history and to start to think about the morality of that history and what would happen to the world if the history was changed.

  8. Thanks so much for sharing! This sounds like such an interesting read!

  9. I find it encouraging that the author let his young characters have an idea of the historical actions and significance of Cortes. So many seem to have little real interest in history.


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