The week that was: travel books and top 10

Allison Tait blog
Posted on November 23, 2014

The Mapmaker Chronicles quote #2It’s time for my (supposedly) weekly update on how The Mapmaker Chronicles: Race to the end of the world is travelling, as it makes its way out into the world. Behind the scenes, I hope to have a cover for book two, Prisoner of the Black Hawk, to show you in the not-too-distant future, and I’m working on the (thankfully quite minimal) structural edit for book three (title soon to be revealed).

In the meantime, however, I’m so grateful for the huge support this community has given book one. I get such a thrill from your ‘shelfies’ and love hearing from kids who’ve read and enjoyed the book. Like Tom, son of Lucy from Stonefruit Season, who reviewed the book for his mum’s blog and finished up with “This is, without a doubt, the best christmas present for your children over the summer holidays because they will absolutely adore it!” Big thanks, Tom!

In this post, Kate from Fox’s Lane writes about raising adventurous girls – girls who like reading about girls who are adventurous and break the rules and go their own way. These are the girls who identify with Ash, from The Mapmaker Chronicles, and, if my recent school talks are anything to go by, there are LOTS of them out there!

I was interviewed by the team at the Australian Writers’ Centre, who asked me what my writing super power was. I had three (because, really, one is never enough, right? Go have a look!

Caz and Craig at YTravel Blog asked me to put together a list of books that will inspire kids to travel. I came up with 14, and I’d love to hear of any others you think I should have put on the list.

And then, on Friday afternoon, the most exciting news of the week. Readings announced their top 10 Best Middle Fiction Books of 2014, and The Mapmaker Chronicles: Race To The End Of The World was on it! Huzzah!

Best Middle Fiction 2014 Readings


Newsletter subscribers, don’t forget you have until 28 November to enter the competition to win a signed copy of The Mapmaker Chronicles, plus an exclusive poster. Check your November newsletter for details.


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  2. Emma Fahy Davis

    So many exciting goings-on! I think I’m going to try and get my hands on a copy of The Mapmaker Chronicles for my Miss 11 for Christmas.

  3. Lucy

    Hi Allison,

    Thanks for the mention re Tom. He will be thrilled! I’m delighted he felt such a connection with The Mapmaker Chronicles – it’s lovely to see children excited about books and long may it continue!




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