Five children have 28 days to map a rail route through the mountains in this exciting adventure-race for middle readers.

Sal, Joe, Francie and Humphrey misplace their mother as they begin the Great Race to map a rail route through an uncharted wilderness. Their money is gone and their father didn’t come back from his last adventure. This race is their last chance.

They have twenty-eight days to find and map the best route. There’ll be bears, bees, bats, river crossings, cliff falls, impossible weather—but worst of all, they’re racing five teams of adults who don’t play by the rules.

by Eirlys Hunter

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

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

A scrumptious adventure with danger, pathos, a hilarious mix of villains and a crucial deadline. – Barbara Else, author

The Mapmakers Race is an exciting credible well-paced adventure story. 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! – Unity Books

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Gecko Press | pb | 248 pp | 2018 | 8+

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