New Release

Mapmaker’s Mistake

An evil king. A 13-year-old princess being sold to save her kingdom. She and her friends will fight to find another way.

Available in Southeast Alaska stores: Nolan Center in Wrangell and Coppa in Juneau

How far would you go to change your fate…and the fate of your kingdom?
From a young age, Princess Asha helplessly watched her kingdom of Zanzia struggle. Even now, rival forces to the north, led by the tyrannical son of a mad king, are usurping her country’s land and resources as her people starve. Zanzia’s only chance at salvation, it seems, lays in the hands of their 13-year-old princess.

Will Asha be able to save her country from the armies that threaten her family and her home?
The Mapmaker’s Mistake follows the adventures of Asha as she uses her skills with a blade to reforge her destiny with the help of Rose, her Lady-in-Waiting, and spunky little sister Aurelia. Together the girls use diplomacy, espionage, and sharpened steel to circumvent an unstoppable army bent on taking what little Zanzia has left.

And when a chance encounter presents Asha with a chance to break free of her burdens and to live the life she always wanted, a mapmaker’s mistake means that Asha is forced to choose between saving her kingdom or saving herself.

Every page you turn there is a new surprise. — Adeline, age 11

Meilani Schijvens weaves a tale about strength and finding inner courage despite the obstacles. With relatable heroines, adventures, and excitement at every turn, The Mapmaker’s Mistake is sure to enthrall and captivate young readers.

Reviews: Five out of five star rating

This book is full of mysteries and adventure. Every page you turn there is a new surprise. I loved it so much that I read it in 3 days.
— Adeline age 11

The journey of the young heroines will suck you in, but it is the relationships they build with themselves that will stay with you after you’ve turned the final page. Schijvens paints a world worthy of escaping into, and you will be glad you did.
— Amazon reviewer

This book is REALLY good. I was given this book as a present and in two days I had read it all! The story is intriguing, always with something new to discover. I recommend this book for all ages. It will give you courage and entertain you!
— Freyja age 10

Mapmaker’s Mistake in the News

Juneau resident creates a fictional world for kids: A variety of local talent is on display in “Mapmaker’s Mistake.”
– Juneau Empire/Capital City Weekly, January 27, 2021

As the Page Turns…
KTOO, February 23, 2021

Author: Meilani Schijvens.

  • Cover illustration credit: Glen Fairchild
  • Chapter heading drawings credit: Kirsten Shelton
  • Editor: Charles Westmoreland