Bound To Stay Bound

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 Mapmakers and the lost magic (Mapmakers (Random House))
 Author: Chittock, Cameron

 Publisher:  RH Graphic (2022)

 Dewey: 741.5
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 245 p., col. ill., 21 cm

 BTSB No: 211679 ISBN: 9780593172872
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Graphic novels
 Magic -- Fiction
 Maps -- Fiction
 Adventure fiction

Price: $10.65

Determined to run away from her home in the Valley, an area controlled by the tyrannical Night Coats, Alidade stumbles upon a magical hideaway that belongs to the long-lost peacekeepers known as the Mapmakers, and accidentally brings to life a magical creature who is meant to protect the Valley. In graphic novel format.

 Illustrator: Castillo, Amanda

   Kirkus Reviews (02/01/22)
   Booklist (03/15/22)

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Booklist - 03/15/2022 Alidade is running to escape the Night Coats when she spots the doorknob on a tree. Crossing through the door, Alidade discovers the home of the Mapmakers, magicians who once worked with nature to maintain peace in the valley. Now it’s the Night Coats who rule the town of Alden, keeping the brick pit running and the townspeople under their thumb. With the help of a magical talking heron and the loyalty of her best friend, Alidade must learn how the Mapmakers’ magic works, discover how to restore life in the valley, and find a way to take down the Night Coats and save her town. The setting and character design is reminiscent of a classic Western, which helps make the disappearance of nature more acute. There are lessons about working alongside wildlife throughout the story, with only a smattering of the didactic. Most of the characters look to be the same age, making identifying adults in crowd scenes confusing, but otherwise the art is solid. This is a debut graphic novel for both author and artist, and readers will look forward to the continuation of this new series. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

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