The land holds the truth … the maps will reveal it.

Sal, Joe, Francie and Humphrey Santander are mapmakers looking for their father, a famous explorer who disappeared on his last expedition.

Their search leads them to a curious new land and a township under siege. The all-powerful Grania Trading Company plans to uproot the people of Cruxcia and alter the landscape forever. The Santander’s mapping skills may be the last chance for the Cruxcians to keep their homes.

by Eirlys Hunter with illustrations by Kirsten Slade

A follow-up to the internationally successful The Mapmakers’ Race—the Santander children are drawn into a community’s rebellion against a despot and use their mapping skills to avert an environmental scam.


  • Resonant contemporary themes: revolution, environment, Indigenous land ownership
  • Part detective story and part adventure
  • The children have to produce maps for the trial on urgent deadline


Gecko Press | pb | 256 pp | Nov 2021 | 10+

All rights available, except for Chinese & Turkish


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