The Last Mapmaker

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A Newbery Honor Book
A Walter Dean Myers Honor Book

From Christina Soontornvat, the visionary and versatile author of three Newbery Honor Books, comes a high-seas adventure set in a Thai-inspired fantasy world.

In a fantasy adventure every bit as compelling and confident in its world building as her Newbery Honor Book A Wish in the Dark, Christina Soontornvat explores a young woman's struggle to unburden herself of the past and chart her own destiny in a world of secrets. As assistant to Mangkon's most celebrated mapmaker, twelve-year-old 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.

Author: Christina Soontornvat
Binding Type: Hardcover
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
Published: 04/12/2022
Pages: 368
Weight: 0.95lbs
Size: 8.00h x 5.70w x 1.50d
ISBN: 9781536204957
Audience: Ages 9-12

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 5.2
Point Value: 11
Interest Level: Middle Grade
Quiz #/Name: 515361 / Last Mapmaker

Award: Newbery Medal - Honor Book

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 02/01/2022
Publishers Weekly 02/14/2022
Booklist 02/15/2022 pg. 62
Horn Book Magazine 03/01/2022
Shelf Awareness 04/29/2022
School Library Journal 05/01/2022 pg. 78
BookPage 05/01/2022
Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2022 - Superior,Well Above Average

About the Author
Christina Soontornvat grew up in a small Texas town, where she spent many childhood days behind the counter of her parents' Thai restaurant with her nose in a book. She is the author of many books for young readers, including The Last Mapmaker, a Newbery Honor Book as well as a Walter Dean Myers Honor Book for Teen Readers. She is also the author of the Newbery Honor Books A Wish in the Dark and All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys' Soccer Team, also a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book and a YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults finalist. Christina Soontornvat lives in Austin, Texas.

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