Val Bodurtha

The History Makers

By the time Spanish explorers reached the Americas, the Aztec Empire was one of the greatest civilizations in the world. The ancient priests would slaughter human sacrifices, sometimes by the thousands, all under the claim that their gods needed blood to make the sun rise every day. What would have happened had this empire prevailed over the Spanish and survived to this day? How would its bloodthirsty theocracy fit in with our world? Myla is an upper-class teenager in modern-day Azteca, partying her days away with her friends and the man who has claimed her as his wife. On her seventeenth birthday, she is finally “enlightened” and told the truth: that the Priesthood is lying to everyone. Then, in an intriguing twist of fate, she finds herself in the hands of Aztec’s rebels and their leader, Tezca. Myla must now sort through all the lies she has been told her whole life and confront old secrets buried deep. Can she trust these people? Are they terrorists or revolutionaries? And will she join them to dismantle the theocracy and its lies, or would the price she would have to pay be too high?

Val Bodurtha

A recent student of classics at the University of Chicago, Val is an active writer, performer and producer, with a specialty in comedy. Her writing has garnered more than two dozen writing awards and she has had three of her plays staged. In Chicago, Val has been a mainstay of Off-Off Campus, the oldest collegiate sketch and improv troupe in the country. She has opened for major headliners such as Jerrod Carmichael, and she interned the summer of 2017 at Second City. Before college, Val volunteered as an EMT at her local hospital, and was named the Horace Mann Idol by her school for her offbeat banjo-playing. Val wrote The History Makers as a senior in high school, inspired by an AP World History Writing Assignment. The novel won first place at the BookLogix 2015 Young Writers Contest and won a silver medal at the 2018 Benjamin Franklin Awards. The History Makers has been featured in the NY Post, NPR, The Stamford Advocate, and more!

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