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The Map That Breathed

The Map That Breathed

Melanie Gideon

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)




A mysterious map of another world plunges two friends into the adventure of a lifetime

"Suddenly the map darkened as if someone had dimmed the light.
'Did you see that?' whispered Billy.
A fetid wind came barreling out of the window and sand whipped around in the hole. The two of them watched in astonishment as the map trembled and inhaled.
'It's breathing,' gasped Nora. 'The map is breathing!'"

Nora Sweetkale has a strong feeling that her life is about to change. It starts when she receives a mysterious blank book in the mail. Then she meets Billy, who can make windows that look into other worlds. Through one of these windows they glimpse the lovely island of Sanasaera, where the colorful cats are as big as ponies and the cheerful people love nothing better than a good ear-pulling to clear their heads. Yet in this beautiful place lurks something terrible.

When Nora disappears into this other world, Billy is left to face the evil that has escaped into their own. But he can't do it alone. He must find a way to get Nora back, and quickly, or it may be too late, in Melanie Gideon's The Map That Breathed.

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The Map That Breathed

Part One
Chapter One
Nora Sweetkale had always been a well-behaved girl. She made her bed every morning. She was pleasant to grown-ups. She rarely lied, and if she did,...


Praise for The Map That Breathed

“[T]his will please fantasy fans who enjoy discovering new, well-imagined lands.” —Booklist

“A fast-paced fantasy. . . . [R]eaders will be captivated by this book and will long for a sequel.” —School Library Journal

“[T]he pages come alive with vivid descriptions. . . .Gideon's first novel for young adults should attract readers who enjoy both the fantasy and the mystery genres.” —VOYA

Top 10 Pick selection” —Girls' Life

Reviews from Goodreads

About the author

Melanie Gideon

Melanie Gideon was born and brought up in Rhode Island and now lives in northern California with her family. The Map That Breathed is her first novel for young readers.

Melanie Gideon

From the Publisher

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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