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It's 1891 in Boston, but time hasn't quite been the same since the Great Disruption. It varies, depending on where in the world you are. Sophia lives with her uncle, a renowned cartographer who suddenly gets kidnapped. Sophia sets out to find him, and the adventure begins. Exquisite world-building and a cast of memorable characters make this an outstanding novel, and you won't want to miss the pirates!
Recommended by Mary Jo, Powells.com

Imaginative and original, The Glass Sentence is a fast-moving, thrilling adventure with maps that totally knocked my socks off. I found it hard to believe this was Grove's first novel. Even though it's a middle reader, I think many adults would really like to read this book.
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Publisher Comments:

A Summer/Fall 2014 Indies Introduce New Voices Selection

A Junior Library Guild Selection

One of Publishers Weekly's Best Summer Reads

“Not since Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass have I seen such an original and compelling world built inside a book.” —Megan Whalen Turner, New York Times best-selling author of A Conspiracy of Kings

She has only seen the world through maps. She had no idea they were so dangerous.

Boston, 1891. Sophia Tims comes from a family of explorers and cartologers who, for generations, have been traveling and mapping the New World — a world changed by the Great Disruption of 1799, when all the continents were flung into different time periods.  Eight years ago, her parents left her with her uncle Shadrack, the foremost cartologer in Boston, and went on an urgent mission. They never returned. Life with her brilliant, absent-minded, adored uncle has taught Sophia to take care of herself.

Then Shadrack is kidnapped. And Sophia, who has rarely been outside of Boston, is the only one who can search for him. Together with Theo, a refugee from the West, she travels over rough terrain and uncharted ocean, encounters pirates and traders, and relies on a combination of Shadrack's maps, common sense, and her own slantwise powers of observation. But even as Sophia and Theo try to save Shadrack's life, they are in danger of losing their own.

The Glass Sentence plunges readers into a time and place they will not want to leave, and introduces them to a heroine and hero they will take to their hearts. It is a remarkable debut.

Review:

"In the alternate Earth of Grove's thrilling, time-bending debut, first in the Mapmakers series, the world was sliced up, seemingly at random, by the Great Disruption of 1799 and reassembled with numerous present, prehistoric, and future 'Ages' all connected. In New Occident, roughly the eastern third of the former United States, it's now 1891, but to the north exists the Prehistoric Snows, and northern Africa is ruled by the ancient Pharaohs. Thirteen-year-old Sophia Tims is pulled into a web of intrigue when Shadrack, her famous 'cartologer' uncle (half mapmaker and half magician), is kidnapped by religious zealots looking for the legendary 'carta mayor, a hidden map that traces the memories of the whole world from the beginning of time to the present.' Joined by a boy named Theo and a ship full of pirates, she travels to Nochtland, a kingdom in what was once Mexico, in search of answers. It's a cracking adventure, and Grove bolsters the action with commentary on xenophobia and government for hire, as well as a fascinating system of map magic. Ages 10–up. Agent: Dorian Karchmar, William Morris Endeavor. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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"I think The Glass Sentence is absolutely marvelous. It's the best book I've read in a long time. The world-building is so convincing, the plot so fast-moving and often surprising, and the ideas behind the novel so completely original. I love this book." Nancy Farmer, New York Times best-selling author of The House of the Scorpion

Review:

"An exuberantly imagined cascade of unexplored worlds, inscribed in prose and detail as exquisite as the maps young Sophia uses to navigate such unpredictable landscapes. A book like a pirate's treasure hoard for map lovers like me." Elizabeth Wein, New York Times best-selling author of Code Name Verity

Review:

"Brilliant in concept, breathtaking in scale and stellar in its worldbuilding; this is a world never before seen in fiction....Wholly original and marvelous beyond compare." Kirkus Reviews, starred review

About the Author

S.E. Grove is a historian and world traveler. This is her first novel.

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Erinwithans, January 21, 2015 (view all comments by Erinwithans)
The world building is fantastic - a world split into different Ages, so what we know of as New England is in the 1800s, while most of Europe is in the middle ages - and I would happily read more about just that. The plot was a little less intriguing, but Sophia is a great YA heroine who is clever and capable.
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Beverly B, December 8, 2014 (view all comments by Beverly B)
Middle grade readers will love The Glass Sentence even if they are new to the genre. S.E. Grove, has a delightfully quirky imagination and great descriptive style that makes events come alive and characters seem like friends. The premise is unique and clever. The planet is divided into factions that revolve around different time plains. Some countries travel back in time and some travel forward in time. the settings are filled with intrigue and classic elements like bazaars filled with scam artists and gangsters, pirates and kidnappers. Maps can be made out of anything, even onions, and anything can be mapped - - - memories, weather, people. But, like many "first in a series" books, The Glass Sentence, introduces too many characters that are not fully developed, and too many conflicts that never go anywhere. Several questions that seem to be a big plot element through most of the story go unanswered. What makes The Glass Sentence better than most books in this genre for middle grade readers is the wonderful characters. All of them are smart, sassy, determined and loyal. From the runaway juvenile delinquent to the pirates, the cartographer and the protagonist, Sophia, each one could easily be a memorable protagonist in one of the sequels.
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tevanmichelle, August 7, 2014 (view all comments by tevanmichelle)
This book is amazing! I read the whole thing is 3 days. Absolutely marvelous. A must read for those looking for an adventure to get lost in. I can't wait for the next book in this up and coming series!!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780670785025
Author:
Grove, S. E.
Publisher:
Viking Juvenile
Subject:
Literary
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series:
The Mapmakers Trilogy
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20140612
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 10

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"Staff Pick" by ,

It's 1891 in Boston, but time hasn't quite been the same since the Great Disruption. It varies, depending on where in the world you are. Sophia lives with her uncle, a renowned cartographer who suddenly gets kidnapped. Sophia sets out to find him, and the adventure begins. Exquisite world-building and a cast of memorable characters make this an outstanding novel, and you won't want to miss the pirates!

"Staff Pick" by ,

Imaginative and original, The Glass Sentence is a fast-moving, thrilling adventure with maps that totally knocked my socks off. I found it hard to believe this was Grove's first novel. Even though it's a middle reader, I think many adults would really like to read this book.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In the alternate Earth of Grove's thrilling, time-bending debut, first in the Mapmakers series, the world was sliced up, seemingly at random, by the Great Disruption of 1799 and reassembled with numerous present, prehistoric, and future 'Ages' all connected. In New Occident, roughly the eastern third of the former United States, it's now 1891, but to the north exists the Prehistoric Snows, and northern Africa is ruled by the ancient Pharaohs. Thirteen-year-old Sophia Tims is pulled into a web of intrigue when Shadrack, her famous 'cartologer' uncle (half mapmaker and half magician), is kidnapped by religious zealots looking for the legendary 'carta mayor, a hidden map that traces the memories of the whole world from the beginning of time to the present.' Joined by a boy named Theo and a ship full of pirates, she travels to Nochtland, a kingdom in what was once Mexico, in search of answers. It's a cracking adventure, and Grove bolsters the action with commentary on xenophobia and government for hire, as well as a fascinating system of map magic. Ages 10–up. Agent: Dorian Karchmar, William Morris Endeavor. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "I think The Glass Sentence is absolutely marvelous. It's the best book I've read in a long time. The world-building is so convincing, the plot so fast-moving and often surprising, and the ideas behind the novel so completely original. I love this book."
"Review" by , "An exuberantly imagined cascade of unexplored worlds, inscribed in prose and detail as exquisite as the maps young Sophia uses to navigate such unpredictable landscapes. A book like a pirate's treasure hoard for map lovers like me."
"Review" by , "Brilliant in concept, breathtaking in scale and stellar in its worldbuilding; this is a world never before seen in fiction....Wholly original and marvelous beyond compare."
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