The Mapmakers’ Race

Book Author & Illustrator Eirlys Hunter & Kirsten Slade
Rights Available World excl. ANZ, UK and Italian
Rights Sold Italian

Five children have 28 days to find a route through the wilderness in this exciting mountain-race adventure for middle readers.

Sal, Joe, Francie and Humphrey take part in the Great Race to map a rail route through an uncharted wilderness. Their father didn’t return from his last expedition and now their money is gone. This race is their last chance.

Shortlisted, NZCYA Book Awards 2019
Selected for the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Honour List 2020
Chosen for The Reading Agency UK Summer Reading Challenge
Chosen for Australian Indie Booksellers Summer Reading Guide

About the Author
Eirlys Hunter
was born in London and lives in Wellington, New Zealand, where she teaches children’s writing at the IIML at Victoria University. She has written six previous children’s books as well as a novel and short stories for adults.

Kirsten Slade is an illustrator, writer and creator of comics. Born in Liverpool, England, and an immigrant three times over, Kirsten now makes her home in Wellington, New Zealand. She has a BA in Printmaking from American University in Washington, DC.


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Gecko Press


198 x 130



Junior Fiction

Age range
8-12 years

Publication Date

Rights Available:
World excl. ANZ, UK and Italian

Rights Sold Italian

Rights Agents:


Anja Mundt, Mundt Agency

China & Taiwan
ShuHuai (China)
Sushin (Taiwan)

Ayşenur Müslümanoğlu, AnatoliaLit

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Already feels like a timeless adventure ... a thrilling tale full of derring-do and heart.

Booktrust (UK)

One of the most poised, stylish children’s books I’ve read in a long time.

Kate De Goldi, Radio New Zealand

An adventure story of such quality and originality, pace and punch.

Bookwagon (UK)

A thrilling adventure tale.

The Irish Times

Full of danger, excitement and adventure with wonderfully memorable characters, this is one not to be missed.

Rickaro Bookshop (UK)

This is good old-fashioned storytelling, a classic quest with challenges in every chapter, a well-thought-out narrative arc and plenty of in-jokes for all ages.

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