The Uprising

Book Author & Illustrator Eirlys Hunter & Kirsten Slade.
Rights Available World excl. Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland and Italy
Rights Sold Italian 

Sal, Joe, Francie and Humphrey Santander are mapmakers looking for their father, a famous explorer who disappeared on his last expedition. Their search takes them to Cruxcia, where the people are fighting to protect their land. The Santanders’ mapping skills may be the missing piece in the Cruxcian race to save the ancient valley—and the key to reuniting their family.

• Contemporary themes: revolution, environment, Indigenous land ownership
• A new country, an urgent trial, a prison escape, a family reunited…
• Stand-alone follow-up to The Mapmakers’ Race

About the Author
Eirlys Hunter
was born in London and lives in Wellington, New Zealand, where she teaches children’s writing at the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University. She is the author of seven children’s books as well as a novel and short stories for adults.

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Gecko Press


198 x 130mm



Junior Fiction

Age range
8-12 years

Publication Date
November 2021

Rights Available:
World, excluding Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland and Italy

Rights sold:

Rights Agents:


Anja Mundt, Mundt Agency

China & Taiwan
ShuHuai (China)
Sushin (Taiwan)

Ayşenur Müslümanoğlu, AnatoliaLit

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A classic, child-driven adventure with tenacious characters and contemporary themes. A stand-alone follow-up to the internationally successful The Mapmakers’ Race “already feels like a timeless adventure … a thrilling tale full of derring-do and heart.

Book Trust, UK

The Uprising is a great sequel that lives up to the high bar the first book in the series set. It’s a wonderful read, and read-aloud, that will appeal immensely to middle-grade readers and adults alike.

NZ Booklovers

The adventure in this book is every bit as exciting as the first. There are terrible discoveries and wild skids down scree slopes, and a fabulous cast of characters, making for a very fulfilling read. Highly recommended.

Kete Books