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The Map of Me

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  68 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
The note Momma left on the fridge says only: "I HAVE TO GO." But go where? Twelve-year-old Margie is convinced that Momma's gone to the Rooster Romp at the International Poultry Hall of Fame, in search of additions to her precious flock of chicken memorabilia. And it's up to Margie to bring her home. So she commandeers her daddy's Faithful Ford, kidnaps her nine-year-old s ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Nov 23, 2011 Danielle rated it really liked it
When everyone in the world seems to misunderstand you and life is harder than it should how do you handle the abandonment of one of the only ones who supported you. Margie goes after her. One afternoon after a particularly hard day at school, that includes her little sister teasing her relentlessly, Margie comes home to a note on their chicken decorated fridge “I HAVE TO GO”. Without the support of her father and with her sister tagging behind her she borrows her dad’s prized truck and begins to ...more
Nov 13, 2011 Terrie rated it it was ok
Review Book. Reading level suggestion Grades 3-6.

This is a story of a young girl searching for who she is.

Twelve year old Margie steals her father's car, kidnaps her younger but brighter sister and goes in search of their mother, whom they believe is at a Rooster Romp at the International Poultry Hall of Fame. While this story of a disfunctional family is sweet and readable, there was plenty that bothered me.

First of all the main character Margie is in the 6th grade, physically able to drive a
Kat Goldin
Oct 09, 2011 Kat Goldin rated it really liked it
This book is not well-balanced, but does have humor, sadness, joy, family relationships, and love. There is a strong storyline, but not a full understanding of the main protagonist and how she as a 12 year-old would take it upon herself to go get her mother and the chicken, FOUL memorabilia with the little brainiac sister who causes Margie grief. I realize that her relationship with her father is stressful, yet stealing his truck will mend any rifle? Peep is book smart and, yes, her little siste ...more
Sarah BT
Nov 28, 2011 Sarah BT rated it it was ok
About the Book: When Peep and Margie arrive home to find a note on the fridge from Momma that says only "I have to go" Margie is convinced that she knows where Momma went. Momma has to be at the International Poultry Hall of Fame to find the Henny Penny Coin Bank to complete her chicken collectables. It's up to Margie to find her and bring her home. So Margie finds an extra key to Daddy's Faithful Ford and Margie and her younger sister are off in search of Momma. As Margie sets off on a trip to ...more
Oct 08, 2011 Angie rated it really liked it
How funny. I was offered a copy of this book to review for my blog and then ... oh, about a month later (I'm a little behind in my reading--been under the weather for a while now, dumb fall allergies) I won a Skype visit from this author through a different blog.

Luckily ... I liked it! Really! Kind of reminded me of Frances O'Roark Dowell, Frances O'Roark in terms of writing style. This is realistic fiction about a young girl named Margie trying to find her place in middle school and in her fami
Sep 15, 2011 Kristen rated it it was amazing
First Impression:
There's nothing more interesting to me than sister stories. Maybe it's because I have two of my own and can relate well, even if it's a bit more outlandish or different than my own experiences. And this book seemed like quite an adventure for two sisters to have.

While Reading:
Once I started reading, I related to Margie because she reminded me of my older sister. A bit impulsive, kind of mean and definitely the type to act out for attention. I was like Peep growing up, only a hec
Allison Parker
Jan 29, 2012 Allison Parker rated it it was ok
Shelves: juvenile
Margie’s world is rocked when she comes home one day from school, expecting to find her mother as usual, and instead she finds just a note: “I have to go.” She believes she knows where her mother went and hijacks her father’s precious car and her smarty-pants younger sister to boot. But Margie’s confidence wavers as it seems less and less likely that she’ll be the hero who brings her mother home.

Tweens will identify with Margie’s struggle in comparing herself with a rather bratty and brainiac s
Cathe Olson
Nov 27, 2011 Cathe Olson rated it it was amazing
When 12-year old Margie and her younger sister Peep come home from school one day to find their mom has left them, Margie decides that she must bring her back. She steals her father's car (after all, she'd driven before--in her daddy's lap, but still--driving is no harder than riding a bike) and heads for the place she's sure her mother is waiting and then everything can be as it was.

I can't believe how much I loved this book. I could totally relate to Margie's feelings of being invisible and th
Morninglight Mama
Jan 26, 2016 Morninglight Mama rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, ya
This was too old in its subject matter for young elementary school kids, but too simple in its writing and presentation for older kids who might be better able to understand the plot. I was disappointed in the lack of depth of exploration into the main character's experience, things just seemed to be addressed on the surface, and the ending felt quite abrupt and with little resolution, which seems less fitting for its target audience.
Apr 14, 2016 Brandi rated it liked it
When Margie Tempest’s mom leaves, Margie’s sure she knows where she went. So, dragging her annoying little sister along, Margie sets out to find her mother – and finds herself. A good story showing that at one point and time everyone has to find themselves. Fast read, but the book seems unfinished.
Mar 07, 2016 Carterkempgmail.Com rated it liked it
Mom abruptly leaves, and 12 year old Margie steals Dad's car and goes looking for her. This book, which essentially takes place over 48 hours, is an intersting character study.
Nov 14, 2011 Faith rated it really liked it
Momma left leaving a note that said, I HAVE TO GO. Go where? Margie believes she knows. She thinks Momma went to the Rooster Romp at the International Poultry Hall of Fame. Margie decides to go after Momma, taking along, Peep, her genius little sister. Margie is only 12, can she drive to the International Poultry Hall of Fame?

Reasons I like this book-

Reason 1- Margie loves her Mother so much, that she is willing to go after her and find her.

Reason 2- Margie thinks the only way to bring Momma hom
Lee Anne
Oct 10, 2014 Lee Anne rated it liked it
Not a bad story but I wasn't quite sure where it was going most of the time.
Mar 31, 2012 JennLynn rated it did not like it
A girl is upset when she comes home and finds her mother gone, leaving only a cryptic message. Somehow she thinks her mother has gone to a nearby town in search of a chicken collectible. Taking along her precocious younger sister, she "borrows" her father's car and heads off in search of her mother - and some of the value she feels she lacks in comparison to her sister. I found this book both sad and slightly implausible at the same time. It just didn't appeal to me and didn't leave me feeling e ...more
Apr 05, 2012 Mercy rated it liked it
Shelves: j-fic
Mother leaves family- older daughter goes on quest to find her. I thought the mother-daughter relationship needed more set-up/depth the beginning- as SLJ review says- "not enough attention is given to the parents' relationship to make the woman's departure believable, and Aunt Blanche, proprietor of the International Poultry Hall of Fame, is too quick to gather these runaway chicks under her wings and instill wisdom."
May 15, 2012 Megan rated it it was ok
Margie feels like the stupid older sister, being stuck with her precocious much younger sister (Peep) in the same grade as her. When her chicken paraphenilia-collecting mother disappears, Margie kidnaps Peep and her father's car and heads off to Flench, KY, to find her mom. She is forced to listen to Peep's complaints and insults the whole time. I never really felt a strong resolution at the end of the story.
Jan 23, 2012 Mary rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
This book hooked me right away. The writing was engaging and well done. The poignant relationship Margie had with her sister was very well done. The mother's disappearance was out of context for me and a stumbling block to my enjoyment overall. I never understood why or what actually happened. I needed more about that and the father's reaction was not believable, so the ending was a big disappointment.
Mary Louise Sanchez
Feb 24, 2013 Mary Louise Sanchez rated it really liked it
Margie is twelve and barely scratching at the surface of life when suddenly Mama has left a note on the fridge saying I HAVE TO GO. Margie takes her precocious nine-year-old sister,Peep, who is in Margie's class, along with their father's car, and drives the Kentucky highways to find their mother who is probably searching for the elusive Henny Penny coin cannister, and bring her home to roost.
Jan 16, 2012 Anna rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Tami Lewis Brown does a wonderful job revealing the emotional arc of the main character. The use of the class mapping assignment is an effective endowed object. Very powerful, lyrical writing! I wish that the father's character had evolved more by the end but perhaps the main character's development is enough. Thought provoking.
Erin Moulton
Sep 05, 2011 Erin Moulton rated it it was amazing
Margie drags her genius little sister, Peep, off to the International Poultry Hall of Fame in their dad's Faithful Ford in the hopes of bringing their Momma home. This quiet book is a sweet, well-written story of love and acceptance. A quick and enjoyable read.
Jen Mech
Apr 03, 2013 Jen Mech rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile-reads
This book broke my heart. I was right there in the car with the girls through their whole trip. The author made this book short and sweet. She could have written more of an exposition, and more falling action, but really, the story didn't need it.
Jan 02, 2014 Jalyn marked it as to-read
Shelves: jayy
I think this is a very good book.
Edward Sullivan
Sep 13, 2011 Edward Sullivan rated it really liked it
A warm, well-written family story about love, acceptance and understanding.
Lee Vb
May 20, 2013 Lee Vb rated it really liked it
This book was written really well. Both my daughter and I loved this book.
Sep 18, 2013 Monique rated it liked it
Shelves: self-discovery
Wasn't a spectacular, memorable read, but it did keep my attention to the end.
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