Parents' Guide to

Map of Flames: The Forgotten Five, Book 1

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Superpowers, misfit power in complex, exciting series start.

Book Lisa McMann Fantasy 2022
Book cover Map of Flames with five superhero kids

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Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 1 parent review

age 9+

OMG love this series

My only complaint is that I have to wait for the third book. The only reason I don't give a lower age rating is there is talk about parents dying, being put in jail and the main character find human bones believed to be parents.

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Outcasts who band together to triumph over danger and adversity is a favorite theme with Lisa McMann, who's in great form in this tale of superpowered kids seeking their long-lost parents. Launching her new Forgotten Five series, Map of Flames finds the children of supernaturally gifted outlaws on a quest for their long-lost parents, delivering great world-building and relatable characters and emotions, plus thrills, perils, and lots of funny moments. Amid the exciting story, it also raises interesting ethical issues, like how you're supposed to behave in a society that hates and fears you for what you are and what you can do. A lot happens, much is discovered -- and it's all just the beginning of what promises to be an exciting, thought-provoking series.

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