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The Last Mapmaker

By Christina Soontornva­t

Ages 8 to 12

In the kingdom of Mangkon, 12-year-old Sai is trying to make it on her own. Her mother died years ago, and her father survives by criminal deeds that sometimes get him put in jail. Sai has worked on her penmanship and blending in with regular society, and she has been lucky to get a job helping the kingdom’s preeminent mapmaker. When the opportunit­y arrives to escape her father’s shady schemes, Sai goes on a great voyage of exploratio­n. Once onboard, she will have to figure out whom to trust and the truth of what’s beyond the known world.

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The Summer Book Club is open to kids ages 6 to 14. They may read some or all of the books on our list. (You can find a blurb for each book at the Kidspost website, wapo.st/ kidspostbo­okclublaun­ch2022.) The first 600 kids registered will receive a notebook and pen. To join the club, children must be registered by their parent or guardian by August 8. To register, that adult must fill out our form at wapo.st/ kidspostbo­okclub2022. If you have questions, contact us at kidspost@washpost.com.

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