A Map of the Known WorldBook - 2009
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Cora’s life as she knew it ended the day her brother, Nate, was killed in a car accident. Her once loving family completely shut down. While once they enjoyed spending time together , they no longer know how to function as a family. Cora’s father has shut out his family, while Cora’s mother has become overly protective.Cora wants to come to terms with her brother’s death, but can’t while her mother’s paranoia is suffocating her. She seeks solace in her artwork and through Nate’s friend Damian, begins to understand her complicated and troubled brother as well as learning more about herself in the process.
Cora Bradley feels trapped starting ninth grade in a small town after her older brother Nate died six month earlier in a car crash. Her parents are lost in their grief and offer nothing but severe restrictions on her life outside the school. Cora seeks comfort in art, drawing beautiful maps and imagines herself in exotic places.
Soon she meets Damian, the handsome boy who was in the car with her brother the night of the accident. Their friendship is developing after Damian shows Cora a secret place of art that he and Nate were creating. Cora begins to understand her complicated and troubled brother through his artwork. Both Damian and Cora are damaged after Nate’s death and try to use their artwork to deal with their emotions.
The book is an enjoyable read , a great book to give to younger teens ( 12 and up) without worrying about inappropriate material.
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