MAPMAKER by Mark Bomback


Age Range: 12 - 17
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Tanya’s impeccable sense of direction can’t keep her from feeling lost when her father dies.

Just over six months ago, Tanya’s father disappeared in a flash flood on a mapmaking trip through rural Cambodia. She’s left with her kindergarten-teacher stepmother, Beth, and her godfather, Harrison Worth, her father’s business partner in a tech mapping startup called MapOut. Harrison has bought Beth and Tanya out to protect them from losing everything should the company fail. Far from failing, the company has thrived, and Harrison still watches over Tanya and Beth. During a summer internship at MapOut, Tanya reunites with Harrison’s son, Connor, a childhood friend. Searching for her dad’s final emails, they crack his computer’s triple password and discover that all is not as it seems. When Connor disappears the next day, leaving a confusing text, Tanya doesn’t know what to do…and then she’s drugged and kidnapped. Escaping her kidnappers lands her in deeper trouble. Can Tanya find her father’s old friend Cleo? And will she be able to help? Craze and Bomback’s character-driven thriller is a bit slow out of the gate, but teens who stick with it will enjoy the few twists and identify with Tanya’s inability to hide in our high-tech world.

Readers caught up in the plot should brace themselves for a total lack of closure and a wait for Book 2. (Thriller. 12-17)

Pub Date: April 14th, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-61695-347-8
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: Soho Teen
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2015


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