This is a great sequel to The Mapmakers Race. I certainly enjoyed this just as much if not more than the first book.
In this story the Santander children are drawn into a community’s rebellion against a despot and use their mapping skills to avert an environmental scam.
This novel has a fast-moving plot and interesting characters that I really warmed to as a reader. Cruxcia really comes alive as you read, with wonderful vivid descriptions by the author. The Uprising has great themes about how home is important and we need to care for the place where we live as well as the world. I also really liked the focus on the importance of kindness is everyones’ lives to move forward as a society and lead a happy life.
The illustrations really enhance the setting descriptions and like all good adventure novels it has a map.
I really could not put this book down. It is a worthy successor to The Mapmakers Race and I really hope there is a lot more to come!
Title: The Uprising: The Mapmakers in Cruxcia
Author: Eirlys Hunter (lives in Wellington)
Illustrator: Kirsten Slade
Publisher: Gecko Press
Publication: November 2021
Ages: Junior fiction 8+
Reviewer: Angela Thompson, Library Lead Teacher, Remarkables Primary School, Queenstown
How are you recommending this book? Highly recommended
Opening sentence: “Where are we? Where is this place?” Sal stood, half-asleep, beside the coach that seemed to have stopped in the middle of nowhere.
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