A Map of the Known World

A Map of the Known World

Book - 2009
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Devastated, along with her parents, by the death of her older brother and apprehensive about being a freshman in the same high school he attended, fourteen-year-old Cora finds unexpected solace in art.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780545069700
Characteristics: 273 p. ; 22 cm.


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Aug 03, 2015

The true book of art, love, and family.

Oct 16, 2014

LOVED IT!!! Very Good book.

Jul 24, 2014

I absolutely loved this novel and it is definitely one of my favorites. Through Cora we experience the heartache and pain of losing someone you love, and the author has a way of making it seem real. The relationship between the different characters;romantic, or other wise is developed in such a new and different way. I 100% recommend it. a great novel. Definitely a must read.

Aug 16, 2011

Loved this book. Beautifully written and the amount of passion put into this book is just amazing. A book about love, trust, family, & healing .

Jun 24, 2011

As expected of this kind of "healing" novel, it opens with much first-person musing. Thanks to Cora's gentle-worded narration, the reader makes it through relatively easily. In fact, her soliloquoys are often what develop her character best, in the most pleasing way.

The secondary characters shine as well: Damian is suitably moody, but not flashingly hot like so many paranormal genre stars; think "handsome", which is refreshing. His attention and affection towards Cora makes their relationship a heartwarming one ot read about. Helena is bubbly without being too girly-girl-ish, and we love her all the more for bringing Cora out of her shell.

Themes of discovery and redemption through art fit well into the story, especially when dealing with the parents' situation. They do tend to overpower the acutal plot so that the whole storyline is about recovering, healing. Maps pop up again and again, becoming almost a kind of symbolism for escape. It's an excellent way to establish the setting, too.

A Map of the Known World touches base as a love story, a story of becoming, of redefining. A quiet read well worth your time.

Jan 25, 2010

A very heartwarming book for teens.


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Aug 10, 2014

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.

BPLNextBestTeens Dec 16, 2011

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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BPLNextBestTeens Dec 23, 2011

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