Magic on the Map #1: Let's Mooove!

Magic on the Map #1: Let's Mooove!

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On the last day of second grade, twins Spencer and Maggie Parker come home from school to find a camper van in their driveway. And not just any camper; a magic camper that can transport them to every state in the continental US. This is perfect for Maggie, who loves geography and is a star student, and for Spencer, who’s been failing his geography quizzes and could use the real life extra credit.

Together, the twins travel to a surprising new place--the rolling fields of Colorado! There they get suited up in cowboy gear, eat a hearty breakfast in the Mess Hall, and join a cattle drive. But when the group takes a moment to rest, the ranch's prized cow, Snowflake, is stolen by a band of rogue cowboys. The twins must discover how to work together in order to save Snowflake, and find their way home again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635651683
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 05/07/2019
Series: Magic on the Map: A Stepping Stone Book (TM) , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 128
File size: 12 MB
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Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

Courtney Sheinmel is the author of over a dozen highly celebrated books for kids and teens, including the young readers’ series Stella Batts, the middle grade series The Kindness Club, and the young adult novel Edgewater. In addition to writing, Courtney served as a judge on the national level for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and she received a National Scholastic Outstanding Educator Award for her work as a writing instructor at Writopia Lab, a non-profit organization serving kids ages 8-18. She lives in New York City. Visit and follow @courtneywrites.

Bianca Turetsky
is the author of The Time-Traveling Fashionista On Board the Titanic, The Time-Traveling Fashionista at the Palace of Marie Antoinette, and The Time-Traveling Fashionista and Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile, which have been translated into 9 languages. After graduating from Tufts University, Bianca began working for artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel, where she managed his studio for over 11 years and was his assistant on the Academy Award-nominated film The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. She is currently the regional Brooklyn coordinator and an instructor at Writopia Lab, an award-winning non-profit that offers writing workshops for kids and teens from all backgrounds. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit and follow @BiancaTuretsky.

For half of the year Stevie Lewis travels out of her van, furthering her passion for art and the outdoors. She is also an avid hiker and rock climber. With a background in animation, she now illustrates children's books, including Sun! One in a Billion, by Stacy McAnulty, Prince & Knight, by Daniel Haack, and Lost in the Library, by Josh Funk. She is currently based in northern Arizona, where she lives with her partner and two dogs.

Read an Excerpt

On the last day of second grade, Finn and Molly Parker came home to find a camper in their driveway. It was white with one orange stripe and one yellow stripe. It had a rounded roof and three windows on the sides.
The twins checked to make sure the school bus had let them off at the right house. Yep. This was 24 Birchwood Drive. With its hunter-green mailbox out front and purple Johnny-jump-up flowers in the window boxes. But you couldn’t see the window boxes now. They were blocked by the camper, which was as big as a boat!
Molly turned to Finn. “What’s this doing here?” she asked.
“How would I know?” Finn asked. “I just got here, same as you.”
Molly and Finn walked up the driveway slowly and carefully, as if the camper were a UFO. Finn was wearing his favorite baseball cap. It was from his Little League team, the Moonwalkers, and he never took it off.
Well, not never. He took it off at school because hats were not allowed during class. And he took it off each night when he had to shower before bed. But every other minute of the day, he wore it, even when he was sleeping.
Except right now, he took the hat off and shielded his eyes with his hand, peeking through the camper’s tinted windows.
Their dad jumped out of the driver’s side door.
“AH!” the twins yelled in surprise.
“Dad, you scared us,” Finn said. “What are you doing home?”
“And what’s this?” Molly added.
“It’s a camper! Isn’t it beautiful?” Mr. Parker said. He patted the side of the camper as if it were a new puppy. “Now we can take the trip I’ve always dreamed of taking.”
 “What trip?” Finn asked.
“A family road trip!” their dad exclaimed. “We can go anywhere our hearts desire.”
“That’s not true. We can’t go to Bora Bora,” Molly said.
“Huh?” Finn asked.
“Bora Bora is an island in Tahiti,” Molly said. “It’s in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, which means we can’t drive there. Anywhere we travel in the camper has to be on this continent.”
“That’s right, Mol,” their dad said. “Can’t get anything past you! But there are lots of other places these wheels can take us this summer! We can go anywhere in North America. Doesn’t that sound great?”
“I get carsick,” Molly said. “Remember the time we drove to Grandma’s house and I threw up all over Finn?”
I remember,” Finn said. “It was so disgusting!”
“I didn’t do it on purpose,” Molly replied.
“But you didn’t have to do it on me,” Finn said. “Do you get camper-sick, too?”
“Probably,” Molly said.
“Gross,” Finn said, placing his cap back on his head.
“Kids, where’s that Parker family spirit?” their dad asked.
Just then, Mrs. Parker stepped out of the front door, her cell phone pressed to her ear. Her eyes widened at the sight of a camper in her driveway. “Carol, I’m going to have to call you back,” she said. She lowered the phone and shook her head. “What in the world . . . ?”
“Family vacation, honey!” Mr. Parker said.
Mrs. Parker’s eyes scanned the driveway. “Where’s your car?”
“I traded with Professor Vega in the astrophysics department!” Mr. Parker exclaimed. “It was a steal of a deal! The car only sat five, and this camper sleeps eight!”
“Oh no,” Mrs. Parker said. “You have to trade back. This takes up the entire front yard. And it’s crushing my poor marigolds!”
“Phew,” Molly and Finn sighed with relief.
The camper would be returned tomorrow. Dad would get his regular old car back. Everything would be normal again.
But that night, Molly couldn’t fall asleep. She tossed and turned until there was a faint morning light peeking through her window shade.
Molly put on her fuzzy bunny slippers and carefully tiptoed down the stairs. She wanted to look at the camper one last time, and maybe go inside it before Dad traded it back. She couldn’t get carsick (or camper-sick) if it was standing still.
 She quietly slipped outside and opened the unlocked camper door. To her surprise, someone was already there.

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