Author: A. L. Tait
Comments: Action. Adventure. An unlikely hero and a quest to the ends of the earth. It’s a classic formula, and a winning one for author Allison Tait.
Quinn Freeman’s simple life is turned upside down when he is chosen as a mapmaker, thanks to his ability to read and his photographic memory. With the King of Verdania keen to be first to map the world, Quinn finds himself aboard the Libertas heading away from everything he has ever known. So begins his race to the end of the world…
The first book was so engaging I couldn’t put it down, and read it in one sitting! Often YA books aren’t suitable for advanced child readers, so I’m always on the look out for more challenging reading material for older children. The Mapmaker Chronicles are perfect for capable readers in the 9-13 age range, and I will be recommending them to my students in Years 4 and 5.
I asked my daughter for her own thoughts after reading the books. She said, “The Mapmaker books are very adventurous! The characters are described well so you feel like you get to know them. I liked Ash the best. She was so brave to pretend to be a boy and sneak on board the ship. I was a bit scared in the fight scenes because they were very tense. I think boys aged 8-12 will really like these books!” Well said, Miss 8.
Teacher Tip: If you are considering using this text as a novel study with your students, download the Teacher’s Notes from Allison Tait’s website. Although unfortunately not linked to the Australian Curriculum, some useful suggestions, strategies and worksheets are provided. Also check out the additional page with links related to cartography.
*I received a review copy of Books 1 and 2 in The Mapmaker Chronicles series courtesy of Hachette. No payment was received for review and all comments are based on my own professional opinion.