Hunter has crafted a a thrilling adventure tale that stands ably among classic kids adventure tales by E Nesbit or Enid Blyton.

Sara Keating, The Irish Times (UK)

The Mapmakers’ Race

$24.99

A fresh and exciting map-making adventure.  A chapter book for children 8 -12yrs.

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  • Description

    Four children temporarily lose their parents just as they are about to begin the race that offers their last chance of escaping poverty. Their task is to map a rail route through an uncharted wilderness.

    They overcome the many obstacles posed by nature—bears, bees, bats, river crossings, cliff falls, impossible weather—but can they survive the treachery of their competitors?

    This is a fast-paced and charming novel. Its children are brave and competent but not always right. Its world is magical enough to be intriguing but close enough to our own to keep the reader on firm ground.

    “What a great story! I gobbled it straight up” Children’s Bookshop Kilbirnie


  • Book Details

    Country of Origin New Zealand
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  • Reviews

    1. Otago Daily Times

      Hints of steampunk and magic. This sets it in good stead to entertain younger readers, and not seem too childish forothers. Strongly recommend.

    2. Dargaville Library Spring Carnival (NZ)

      This is just the beginning of their obstacles that include bears, impossible weather and treacherous competitors. This is a rollicking ride that would make a great read aloud for the whole family. 9+

    3. Children’s Books Ireland (UK)

      A thrilling and thoroughly enjoyable adventure full of setbacks and dangers and family squabbling, but also fun and laughter and the thrill of exploration and storytelling around campfires under the open stars.

    4. Bookwagon (UK)

      It is truly refreshing to read an adventure story of such quality and originality, pace and punch. Bookwagon is proud to recommend ‘The Mapmakers’ Race’ to its readers.

    5. My LIttle Library in the Attic (UK)

      This is a fast-paced and charming novel. Its children are brave and competent but not always right. Its world is magical enough to be intriguing but close enough to our own to keep the reader on firm ground.

    6. Public Books (US)

      Like all of these Gecko titles, The Mapmakers’ Race is a thing of beauty.

    7. Poppies Bookshop New Plymouth

      This is a fast-paced and charming novel. It’s children are brave and competent but not always right. It’s world is magical enough to be intriguing but close enough to our own to keep the reader on firm ground.

    8. Adele Jackson (Twitter)

      Can’t stop reading this. What a treat The Mapmakers’ Race by Eirlys Hunter is.

    9. Booktrust (UK)

      The Mapmakers’ Race already feels like a timeless adventure. Its roaring spirit and dashes of fantasy are sure to inspire many children to take on their own intrepid journeys, but for now they’ll be more than happy to live vicariously through the Santanders, each of whom have their own strengths, and whose bond is heartwarming.

    10. Sara Keating, The Irish Times

      With Kirsten Slade’s illustrated maps guiding you through the chapters, Hunter has crafted a a thrilling adventure tale that stands ably among classic kids adventure tales by E Nesbit or Enid Blyton.

    11. Bob’s Book Blog (NZ)

      A first class read-a-loud for primary children and for individual reading. It’s all about survival and having fun at the same time.

    12. The Book Bag

      It’s a glorious adventure story which readers will happily lose themselves in.

    13. Minerva Reads

      For those who love journeys… this is a good read with beautiful illustrations throughout.

    14. Jane Sandell (UK)

      I galloped through this book, finding it difficult to leave and I am hopeful of a sequel. There is, it seems to me, unfinished business. I’d whole-heartedly recommend this book to children who like a good adventure and compelling storytelling.

    15. Kate De Goldi and Kim Hill, Radio New Zealand

      “one of the most poised, stylish children’s books I’ve read in a long time … just an utter delight” Kate De Goldi, “I love this” Kim Hill.

    16. Radio New Zealand

      I picked it up, and I started reading it, and I couldn’t stop reading it… I have to mention it because it’s a cracker.

    17. Richard Knowles from Rickaro Books

      Full of danger, excitement and adventure with wonderfully memorable characters, this is one not to be missed.

    18. Marion, Unity Books

      The Mapmakers Race is an exciting credible well-paced adventure story. Very clever chapter structure ensures great tension throughout the book.

      One of those now hard-to-find junior fiction novels that have no parents in the action.

      The kids individually and as a group are so credibly drawn, I loved them all, their strengths and weaknesses.

      Lots of great celebrations of food! Read it in 2 sittings.


  • Reviews

    1. Lexie Clibborn, Porirua Library Book Club

      Sal, Joe, Francie and Humphry lose their mother at the train station on their way to Grand Prospector to do the Mapmakers Race. The Mapmakers Race is a race to make a route from Grand Prospect to New CoalHaven with no food, no money and no parents to help!

      My favourite character is Francie because she has an amazing memory to retrace the team’s steps in here mind so she can draw the maps for her team. Francie and her team call this flying.

      Erilys Hunter wrote The Mapmakers Race. She wrote the book very well because I liked how she described the characters by using descriptive language and I could imagine them in my head.

      The book was not what I expected because the cover page did not look like what I was expecting to read. It was a more exciting story!

      I would recommend this book to my friend Immy Pyne because she loves books about adventure and excitement.

    2. James Russell, Radio New Zealand

      Started reading it, and I couldn’t stop… it’s a cracker.

    3. Mila, Age 11

      Within the first few pages I was hooked on this book! I love the storyline, the characters (especially Francie because she can ‘fly) and the Illustrations. I would totally recommend this book – It’s an awesome read.

    4. Aleisha

      The Mapmaker’s Race
      By Eirlys Hunter

      Imagine this. You’re waiting to get on the train to a very important event with your mother and siblings. You’re sent off to get some water, and when you come back, your sister tells you that your mother went to look for you, and you only have two minutes until the train leaves. And this train only runs weekly.
      So you are left with no adults, to do this event, the Mapmaker’s Race, alone.

      This is what happens to Sal, Joe, Francie, and Humphrey Santander in this exciting book by Eirlys Hunter. They participate in a race in which they must create maps for a track and a railway track. The Santanders desperately need the prize money to survive and find their missing father and are determined to either cross the finish line first, or win the prize for best maps.

      The Santanders and Beckett, their friend, are the only children competing and are looked down on by the others teams of adults. Will they make it across the finish line, and will they see their mother again?

      This book is funny, exhilarating, and it has a great storyline.
      I rate it 10/10 and recommend it for ages 8-12.
      By Aleisha

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