Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The MapMakers Sons changes the way boys look at reading

As most of you know, I have two boys, so 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!

Please visit Move Books for a preview of Chapter One.

Additional Information:
Reading level: Ages 10 and up
Pages: 176
Publisher: Move Books (October 2012)
ISBN: 978-0-9854810-0-1
Source of review copy: Publisher

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