A. L. Tait - Race to the End of the World - Hachette Children's Group

Race to the End of the World

The Mapmaker Chronicles Book 1 - a bestselling adventure for fans of Emily Rodda and Rick Riordan

By A. L. Tait

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  • £6.99

Adventure and danger lie just off the edge of the map in this swashbuckling new trilogy!

Adventure and danger lie just off the edge of the map in this swashbuckling new trilogy!

'A map of the world? Why did the King need one of those? Besides, everyone knew that if you went too far in either direction you'd fall off the edge, and if that didn't kill you Genesi the dragon of death would be waiting.'

The King is determined to discover what lies beyond the known world, and has promised a handsome prize to the ship's captain who can bring him a map of the whole globe. To do that, they'll need mapmakers - and 14-year-old Quinn is shocked to be one of the chosen. While his older brothers long for adventure, Quinn is content with a quiet life on the farm, but when word of his special talent gets out, he has no choice but to pack his bags and join the mismatched crew of slaves and stowaways on board the Libertas.

The other competitors will do anything to win, but the greatest danger may come from the strange sea monster hot on their tail or the mysterious uncharted lands for which they are bound. Nobody knows what lies off the edge of the map, but Quinn is about to find out that it's more than anyone bargained for . . .

'Not since Emily Rodda's Deltora Quest series has there been such an exciting adventure tale from an Australian author' Readings

A 2015 CBCA NOTABLE BOOK

SHORTLISTED FOR THE READINGS PRIZE

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Biographical Notes

A. L. Tait grew up dreaming of world domination. Unfortunately, at the time there were only alphabet sisters B. L. and C. A. and long-suffering brother M. D. M. to practise on . . . and parents who didn't look kindly upon sword fights, plank-walking or bows and arrows. But dreams don't die and The Mapmaker Chronicles and The Ateban Cipher, the author's two series of books for children, are the result. A. L. lives in country New South Wales with a family, a garden, three goldfish and a very cheeky border collie. A. L. Tait writes fiction and non-fiction for adults under another name.

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  • ISBN: 9780734415776
  • Publication date: 06 Apr 2017
  • Page count: 256
  • Imprint: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Not since Emily Rodda's Deltora Quest series has there been such an exciting adventure tale from an Australian author. — Readings
Not since Emily Rodda's Deltora Quest series has there been such an exciting adventure tale from an Australian author. — Readings
Review and giveaway — Queensland Times
a story of bravery, courage and mystery. — Townsville Bulletin
Not since Emily Rodda's Deltora Quest series has there been such an exciting adventure tale from an Australian author.
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Prisoner of the Black Hawk

A. L. Tait
Authors:
A. L. Tait

In the second thrilling instalment of the Mapmaker Chronicles by Australian author A.L. Tait, Quinn is taken prisoner by a ruthless enemy.Tomas laughed. 'You think that's terrifying? Wait till you meet the pescarn . . . they will eat the flesh off your bones in minutes.'In the second book in this thrilling series, Mapmaker Quinn is far from home in an exotic land filled with dangerous creatures and ruthless enemies. When he is betrayed by someone close to him and comes face-to-face with blood-thirsty pirates, he has to decide once and for all who is a friend and who is a foe . . . Is this the end of the race for Quinn - or just the beginning of another incredible adventure in The Mapmaker Chronicles?'Great white beasts and would-be pirates will capture the attention of young readers ... recommended for fans of adventure books from Emily Rodda and Andrew McGahan.' BOOKS+PUBLISHING 'The story unfolds in such a gripping way that I found this second book in the series almost impossible to put down and read 95% at one sitting. This series is a great read by an Australian author . . . Book Three will be eagerly awaited.' Buzzwords'The story is filled with a wonderful sense of old-fashioned adventure with sword fights, narrow escapes, daring plans, betrayed trust and the exciting discovery of new people, ideas, animals and places. The work of Australian author A L Tait, The Mapmaker Chronicles is a fantastic series for readers who love stories filled with adventure and suspense.' Kids' Book Review'THE PRISONER OF THE BLACK HAWK is an exciting book filled with sword fights, strange creatures and pirates. If you're a buccaneer who thirsts for adventure, this thrilling book is for you. Buy this book, batten down the hatches, weigh anchor and let the author take you on a swashbuckling adventure!" William, 9, and James, 8, for WEST AUSTRALIANthemapmakerchronicles.com

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Breath of the Dragon

A. L. Tait
Authors:
A. L. Tait

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