STEM Reads Book Giveaway: The Last Mapmaker

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STEM Reads with Author Christina Soontornvat: Resources


In 2022 and 2023, ABA partnered with General Motors to give away free copies of a special paperback edition of author Christina Soontornvat’s The Last Mapmaker (Candlewick Press) to young readers in underserved communities. (Signup for the program closed on May 31, 2022).



The American Booksellers Association, Candlewick Press, and General Motors announced the “STEM Reads” (#STEMReads) book giveaway on March 31 with the goal of distributing 20,000 copies of a special paperback edition of The Last Mapmaker to readers in underserved communities.

Soontornvat is the award-winning author of more than a dozen books for children of all ages, including Newbery Honor books A Wish in the Dark and All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team. In addition to being an author, she is passionate about STEM and STEAM and holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in science education.



Praise forĀ The Last Mapmaker:

  • “Exploits on the high seas and complex characters combine in a tale full of both excitement and heart. An engrossing adventure with the feeling of a whole world to be explored.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Employing a presumed Asian cast of well-developed crew members with various skin tones and plenty of emotional depth, this high-seas adventure deftly explores complex power dynamics and class hierarchies while maintaining a fast-paced clip.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Action drives the narrative forward, creating a real page-turner with intriguing characters. . . Blending Age of Sail historical fiction, adventure, and fantasy within a Thai-inspired setting, this original novel will leave readers hoping for sequels.” —Booklist


Booksellers with questions about the program can contact Project Manager Sydney Jarrard at [email protected].

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