Map of Flames (The Forgotten Five, Book 1) (Paperback)
Superhero kids must leave their secret hideout to rescue their parents from a modern world who hates all supernatural people. The chapters alternate between the different kids and how they deal with their powers. A solid start to a new fantasy series.
(Fantasy, ages 8+) — Find more Staff Picks by Jessica— Jessica
Fifteen years ago, eight supernatural criminals fled Estero City to make a new life in an isolated tropical hideout. Over time, seven of them disappeared without a trace, presumed captured or killed. And now, the remaining one has died.
Left behind to fend for themselves are the criminals’ five children, each with superpowers of their own: Birdie can communicate with animals. Brix has athletic abilities and can heal quickly. Tenner can swim like a fish and can see in the dark and hear from a distance. Seven’s skin camouflages to match whatever is around him. Cabot hasn’t shown signs of any unusual power—yet.
Then one day Birdie finds a map among her father’s things that leads to a secret stash. There is also a note:
Go to Estero, find your mother, and give her the map.
The five have lived their entire lives in isolation. What would it mean to follow the map to a strange world full of things they’ve only heard about, like cell phones, cars, and electricity? A world where, thanks to their parents, being supernatural is a crime?
A New York Times Bestseller
An Indie Bestseller
"This new series blends science fiction with the animal kingdom, highlighting incredible feats of nature alongside a compelling quest to survive . . . Middle graders seeking a new twist on science fiction and superpower heroism will find this fast-paced first installment the answer to their search." —School Library Journal
"[Addresses] complicated family dynamics, grief, and the ups and downs of friendship . . . Entertaining and meaningful." —Booklist
“Lisa McMann is a unique talent who creates richly imagined worlds where children discover hidden talents, overcome insurmountable challenges, and learn to live with both hope and loss.” —Brightly
"Supernaturally cool." —Kirkus Reviews
"An alternating third-person perspective deftly depicts the five friends struggling to remain together as they navigate contemporary technologies, all the while employing their superpowers to survive in a dangerous new environment." —Publishers Weekly