The prince & the coyote / David Bowles ; illustrated by Amanda Mijangos.
"Fifteen-year old crown prince Acolmiztli wants nothing more than to see his city-state of Tetzcoco thrive. A singer, poet, and burgeoning philosophical mind, he has big plans about infrastructure projects and cultural initiatives that will bring honor to his family and help his people flourish. But the two sides of his family, the kingdoms of Mexico and Acolhuacan, have been at war his entire life - after his father risked the wrath of the Tepanec emperor to win his mother's love. When a power struggle leaves his father dead and his mother and siblings in exile, Acolmiztli must run for his life, seeking refuge in the wilderness. After a coyote helps him find his way in the wild, he takes on a new name - Nezahualcoyotl, or "fasting coyote" ("Neza" for short). Biding his time until he can form new alliances and reconnect with his family, Neza goes undercover, and falls in love with a commoner girl, Sekalli. Can Neza survive his plotting uncles' scheme to wipe out his line for good? Will the empire he dreams of in Tetzcoco ever come to life? And is he willing to risk the lives of those he loves in the process? This action-packed tale blends prose and poetry - including translations of surviving poems by Nezahualcoyotl himself, translated from classical Nahuatl by the author. And the book is packed with queer rep - queer love stories, and a thoughtful of pre-Columbian understandings of gender that defy the contemporary Western gender binary."
- ISBN: 9781646141777
- ISBN: 1646141776
- Physical Description: xiii, 425 pages : color illustrations, genealogical tables ; 24 cm
- Publisher: Hoboken, NJ : Levine Querido, 2023.
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