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The Last Mapmaker

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Exciting seafaring fantasy adventure for brave tween.

A windblown girl stands at a ships railing clutching a scroll and a spyglass.

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Acclaimed Newbery Honor recipient Christine Soontornvat has created an exciting and unique seafaring adventure featuring a smart, brave tween girl protagonist. The fantasy kingdom inspired by Thai history and culture is vivid and fully believable, and it's populated with colorful, intriguing characters. Dashes of humor help keep things from getting too dark as the excitement builds and the pages keep turning.

Tweens will relate to Sai as she learns that people aren't always what they seem, and longs for a better life than the one she has. They'll also get plenty of food for thought about big issues like colonization, environmental destruction, animal welfare, friendship, trust, and more. The ending brings everything to a safe, satisfying, and optimistic close.

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