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The Mapmaker's Sons Hardcover – October 26, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Move Books (October 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985481005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985481001
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,454,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Tom Hawkins must find the most powerful weapon ever created and save the world . . . with many a sword fight, swamp dog, and dragon along the way. Fantasy-loving boys (and girls) will be enthralled by this slim, action-packed tale.”  —Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

V.L. Burgess is an author and two-time RITA award nominee who loves to spend time outdoors when not writing or poring over ancient maps, looking for adventure. She has always wanted to write for boys and believes they are struggling to find books they can relate to, approaching reading in a more adventurous kind of way.  Sharing reading at the earliest possible age is the best way to begin to cultivate good readers but it's never too late. Burgess lives in East Dorset, Vermont.  This is her first children's book.


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The writing is excellent and the pacing is perfect.
The DMS
The characters were well fleshed, with enough twists and turns in the plot to keep the pages turning.
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This is a book that I will wholeheartedly recommend to parents of those reluctant readers!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lori Calabrese "Children's Books Examiner" VINE VOICE on November 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I was intrigued to learn that a new publisher was starting and their mission was Middle Grade Books for boys. Let's face it, the market is inundated with the latest romantic vampire read and boy books usually get overlooked. Most parents and educators are always on the hunt to find ways to promote reading amongst boys, so it's refreshing to see Move Books want to change the way boys look at reading.

Their first title is THE MAPMAKER'S SONS by V.L. Burgess and I believe this will definitely help Move Books with their mission. Thomas Hawkins is like most boys in that he likes to hang with his friends, have pretend sword fights, and create his own adventures. However, he's a student at the Lost Preparatory Academy for Boys, a place full of rules and certainly not fun. I mean, bells alert the boys when to wake, when to eat, when to shower and more. One night, Tom decides to silence the bells, but instead finds a pirate who has come to deliver Tom's inheritance from a father he never knew--an old map. The map leads Tom back home to The Five Kingdoms where Tom learns his father was a mapmaker and Tom discovers a brother he never knew he had. Together, they must solve a prophecy to save the world and their lives.

THE MAPMAKER'S SONS is a quick read, which boys will love and they won't want to put it down because it's packed with mystery and action. Who doesn't love a story where you interact with pirates, voyage to a mysterious land and take on an evil ruler? If that doesn't appeal to boys, then I don't know what will!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Lee McKenzie on December 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I'm always a sucker for a quest, but if it's not well done with exciting twists and turns, believable obstacles, forward moving plot and developed characters, I can lose interest. Fortunately, this quest had all of those ingredients.

In spite of the over used theme of twins separated at birth, I thought the author handled the two boys' relationship well, making it complex enough to keep me involved. I liked not being able to predict betrayal or loyalty, and I liked the surprise discovery about the True King.

I know young readers will want to read this and the sequel.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The DMS on December 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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Tom is an orphan and somewhat of a devious student at the Lost Preparatory Academy for Boys. Unfortunately, he is also quite well known to the strict headmaster, Mortimer Lost. Headmaster Lost runs a tight ship, using the school bells to signify the day's long drudgery. There are only three rules at the academy; no fighting or rough play of any kind, no climbing buildings or trees, and lastly, no leaving the dormitory after lights out. So, when Tom finds himself at an untimely hour scaling the bell tower, it seems like a perfectly natural mischievous act. After all, he had been climbing up there quite a bit lately- searching for something that he can't seem to find. He slips into the belfry and continues on his quest to silence the dinging bells. A whirlwind of bats take flight just as two large, hooded men emerge from the shadows and attack. Tom has no time to think. He jumps into the rafters, fleeing from what he knows is certain danger. As the two men gain measure, Tom is sure that it's going to be lights out for him. Just in the nick of time, help comes in the form of a pirate, who tells him a tale about a magical map that leads into the Beyond. Hidden there is a sword that has the power to destroy the five kingdoms. Tom is the legend to the map by birth right, and only he can point them in the right direction. Once transported, Tom discovers that he is one of the mapmaker's sons, and that the fate of the world lies within his hands. Will Tom be able to find the sword? Will the world survive the cruel grip of Keegan? Could the prophecy about the Hero Twins be true? What lies in the Beyond? You will be on the edge of your seat with this swashbuckling story!

I have to say, I loved this book! The Mapmaker's Sons by V.L.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shari on January 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I read the "The Mapmaker's Sons" with an elementary book club. One of the readers said it was the "best book [he's] ever read!" The book is filled with action and adventure, and also inspires wonderful discussions. I highly recommend "The Mapmaker's Sons" for reluctant readers and as a read aloud for teachers, librarians, and parents.
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