by Andrew Clements
144 pgs/ 2 CDs
Published: July 2014
Read: August 2014
"This map-tastic middle grade story from Andrew Clements gives the phrase “uncharted territory” a whole new meaning! Alton Barnes loves maps. He’s loved them ever since he was little, and not just for the geography. Because maps contain more information than just locations, and that’s why he likes to draw maps as well as read them. Regular “point A to point B” ones, sure, but also maps that explain a whole lot more—like what he really thinks about his friends. And teachers. Even the principal.
So when Alton’s maps are stolen from his locker, there’s serious trouble on the horizon…and he’ll need some mad cartographic skills to escape it.
From “a genius of gentle, high-concept tales set in suburban middle schools” (The New York Times), this stand-alone story is off the charts." ~ Barnes & Noble Overview
My son and I loved this audiobook! Alton Barnes is a very lovable character. The reader can't help but root for him throughout the book. My favorite part was the overall take-away from the entire concept. It's a great lesson on kindness, feelings, and how you should treat other people even when no one is watching. Each character has something different or unique about them. This teaches children that it's ok to be different from each other. I love that! Mr. Clements has written many books, and I will definitely be checking them out after reading this one.Simon & Schuster Audio for sending me this audiobook to review!