The Map Trap

Illustrated by Dan Andreasen

About The Book

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 them 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 serious 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.

About The Author

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Andrew Clements is the author of the enormously popular Frindle. More than 10 million copies of his books have been sold, and he has been nominated for a multitude of state awards, including two Christopher Awards and an Edgar Award. His popular works include About Average, Troublemaker, Extra Credit, Lost and Found, No Talking, Room One, Lunch Money, and more. He is also the author of the Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School series. He lives with his wife in Maine and has four grown children. Visit him at

About The Illustrator

Dan Andreasen is the illustrator of numerous picture books, including By the Dawn’s Early Light: The Story of the Star-Spangled Banner by Steven Kroll, which was named an ABA Kids’ Pick of the Lists and a Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies; A Quiet Place by Douglas Wood; and Sailor Boy Jig by Margaret Wise Brown. He has also authored several picture books, including With a Little Help from Daddy and A Special Day for Mommy. Dan lives with his family in Medina, Ohio.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (July 22, 2014)
  • Length: 144 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781416997290
  • Grades: 3 - 7
  • Ages: 8 - 12
  • Lexile ® 900L

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Awards and Honors

  • Iowa Children's Choice Award Master List
  • William Allen White Children's Book Award Master List (KS)
  • Kansas State Reading Circle List Intermediate Title
  • Volunteer State Book Award Master List (TN)
  • Virginia Readers’ Choice Award Master List
  • Charlie May Simon Book Award ML (AR)
  • Black Eyed Susan Book Award Master List (MD)
  • Gate City Book Award Master List (NH)
  • Rhode Island Children's Book Award Nominee
  • Texas Horned Toad Tales List
  • Wisconsin State Reading Association's Reading List

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