Wednesday, October 29, 2014

This Librarian's Quick Picks: The Map Trap

The Map Trap
Map Trap by Andrew Clements book cover chapter book mysteryby Andrew Clements
Atheneum Books (July 22, 2014)
Chapter Book - Mystery


Sixth-grader Alton Barnes loves maps, and when his portfolio of secret maps is stolen, he begins getting notes with orders that he must obey to get the maps back but, with the help of a popular classmate, he just might succeed before his teacher, principal, or someone else learns he has been studying and mapping things about them.

Why You'll Love It:
  • A convincing school story that also features an engaging central mystery with a surprising reveal.
  • Alton’s plan to be honest with his classmates and ask for forgiveness, before they see his maps that may upset them, is instructive and inspiring without being didactic.
  • Secondary characters are well drawn, including popular Quint, who has more depth than Alton initially expected, and the principal, who is entertained by Alton’s data on the number of times she says “um” during the morning announcements.

Who Should Read It:

Great for grades 3-6

Map Trap illustration of boy drawing on floor

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