If the Map Fits Book Recs

By: Shanleigh Klassen

Maps are such an intriguing element of a good adventure story. Where will they lead you? What will you see? And most intriguing of all: what’s been left off, and why?

Dive into these six map-centered stories to excited about September’s MAP IT OUT box which features an imaginative adventure all about bringing maps to life. This story is perfect for fans of A Good Kind of Trouble, Amari and the Night Brothers, and the Tristan Strong series!

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The Last Mapmaker by Christina Soontornvat

As assistant to Mangkon’s most celebrated mapmaker, Sai plays the part of a well-bred young lady with a glittering future. In reality, her father is a conman — and in a kingdom where the status of one’s ancestors dictates their social position, the truth could ruin her. Sai seizes the chance to join an expedition to chart the southern seas, but she isn’t the only one aboard with secrets. When Sai learns that the ship might be heading for the fabled Sunderlands — a land of dragons, dangers, and riches beyond imagining — she must weigh the cost of her dreams. Vivid, suspenseful, and thought-provoking, this tale of identity and integrity is as beautiful and intricate as the maps of old.


Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

The first in a bestselling series about a castle that can rebuild itself and the children who defend it. Tuesdays at Castle Glower are Princess Celie's favorite days. That's because on Tuesdays the Castle adds a new room, a turret, or sometimes even an entire wing. No one ever knows what the Castle will do next, and no one — other than Celie, that is — takes the time to map out the new additions. But when King and Queen Glower are ambushed and with their fate unknown, it's up to Celie, with her secret knowledge of the castle's never-ending twists and turns, to protect their home and save their kingdom.


The Emperor's Riddle by Kat Zhang

Mia is not sure what to make of this family trip to China, but she’s excited about the prospect of a summer exploring with her Aunt Lin, the only adult who truly understands her. But then Aunt Lin disappears right after her old nemesis, Ying, comes to visit. Years ago, Aunt Lin and Ying had searched for an ancient treasure together — one that still hasn’t been found. When Mia discovers an old map filled with riddles in Aunt Lin’s room, she knows what she has to do: find the treasure, find her aunt. Along with her brother Jake, Mia must solve the clues to rescue their aunt, and maybe unearth a treasure greater than her wildest dreams.


Map of Flames by Lisa McMann

Fifteen years ago, eight supernatural criminals fled Estero City to an isolated tropical hideout. Over time, each disappeared without a trace. Left behind to fend for themselves are the criminals’ five children, each with superpowers of their own: Birdie, Brix, Tenner, Seven, and Cabot. Then Birdie finds a map among her father’s things that leads to a secret stash, along with a note: Go to Estero, find your mother, and give her the map. The five have lived their entire lives in isolation. What would it mean to follow the map to a strange world full of things they’ve only heard about, and where being supernatural is a crime?


The Treasure of Maria Mamoun by Michelle Chalfoun

Maria lives a lonely latchkey kid's life in the Bronx as her mother works two nursing jobs to keep them afloat. Then one day, Mom whisks them to an altogether different world on Martha's Vineyard, where she's found a job on a seaside estate. While the mysterious bedridden owner keeps her mother busy, Maria has the freedom to experience what she thought could only exist in the movies, such as stumbling upon an old map that is sure to lead to a pirate's plunder. But golden treasure may not be the most valuable thing she discovers for herself this special summer.


Maps by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski

Travel the world without leaving your living room. This book of maps is a non fictional visual feast for readers of all ages, with lavishly drawn illustrations from the incomparable Mizielinskis. It features not only borders, cities, rivers, and peaks, but also places of historical and cultural interest, eminent personalities, iconic animals and plants, cultural events, and many more fascinating facts associated with every region of our planet.



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