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The Mapmaker and the Ghost

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  379 ratings  ·  49 reviews
Goldenrod Moram loves nothing better than a good quest. Intrepid, curious, and full of a well-honed sense of adventure, she decides to start her own exploring team fashioned after her idols, the explorers Lewis and Clark, and to map the forest right behind her home. This task is complicated, however, by a series of unique events—a chance encounter with a mysterious old
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Walker Childrens
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May 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky to receive an ARC of this book and blazed through it in one day. Not only was it a great quest-driven book, but it was hilarious and had me snorting and laughing throughout. Goldenrod is one of those plucky, take-charge characters who you naturally root for and her little brother proves to be a very worthy (and sweet) sidekick. I'm sure this book will be enjoyed by all kids, because who doesn't love an adventure? Wonderful debut and I'm sure we'll see much more from this author!

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Oct 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
THREE WORDS: Fabulous, Fantastical Fun

MY REVIEW: A plucky heroine, a daring quest, a ragtag group of outrageously named misfits, an elegant ghost, and thrilling adventure? Yep, Sarvenaz Tash’s MG book The Mapmaker and the Ghost has all of this and then some!

Eleven year old Goldenrod Moram loves maps, a good quest and her idols, the explorers Lewis and Clark. What starts out to be an ordinary, boring summer turns into a something so much more as Goldenrod sets out to make the most accurate and de
Apr 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Sarvenaz Tash's debut, THE MAPMAKER AND THE GHOST, is a delightful adventure that made me smile all the way through. Goldenrod is a wonderful protagonist--smart, strong, caring, and just a little rebellious--such a refreshing change from some of the "wilting flowers" of recent fiction. After her little brother, Birch, becomes her unwitting accomplice in a mapmaking exercise, the pair finds themselves on a ghost-given quest, solving mysteries, escaping caves, and eluding the members of the Gross ...more
Barb Middleton
Jun 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
My husband who has taught 1st graders for 18 years used to whisper in my ear when our daughter was a hell-on-wheels three-year-old, "Barb get sad, not mad." Which of course made me so mad I wanted to rip his eyeballs out. But he was right. And I knew it. I did learn to be sad, not mad (only had one relapse when she turned 13, but that is another story).

Goldenrod's teacher, Mrs. Barbroff also gets mad not sad. When she witnesses Goldenrod stabbing a pencil through a bully's backpack and spearing
Corrine Jackson
I don't read a lot of middle grade books, so I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up THE MAPMAKER AND THE GHOST. This is kind of an area of books that I skipped over almost entirely since by middle grade I was reading romance novels and Sweet Valley High books. With that said, I find Sarv to be very funny, and I couldn't wait to see if they came across in her book.

I'm so happy to say it did. I was reading a copy that has exchanged hands between several Class of 2k12ers. We write comments t
Diana Renn
Mar 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
THE MAPMAMAKER AND THE GHOST is funny, exciting, quirky, and supremely clever. I loved the fairy-tale quality (enchanted flowers! quests! caves!) and the classic storytelling voice, mixed with contemporary dialogue and situations that kids will find relatable (getting along with siblings, dealing with the pain of having a friend who's moved away). I especially love how our heroine, Goldenrod Moram, sets out to map her entire neighborhood and gets drawn into a mysterious forest near her house; I ...more
Kimberly Sabatini
May 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mg-ya
I can't wait to get my own copy of The Mapmaker and the Ghost. This is one that I'm dying to re-read with my boys. They're going to love this story. Mapmaker has all the components of a great middle grade book, starting with the fact that it's funny. The cool part, is that that the humor is written with multiple layers. It's "gross" and slap-stick, to amuse the MG reader and equally as intelligent and quirky for the adult reading out loud. The characters and the plot are grounded in truth, makin ...more
Aug 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I had the opportunity to read an ARC of THE MAPMAKER AND THE GHOST by Sarvenaz Tash and I highly recommend this clever adventure! Middle-grade boys and girls, parents, teachers and librarians will love the colorful mix of characters, especially our heroine, Goldenrod, whose love of exploring leads her into all sorts of danger. Readers will be inspired to grab a compass and set off on their own quest after finishing this wonderful debut.
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Originally posted on my blog.

First Sentence: "Goldenrod Moram had a first name that sounded like it belonged in the middle of a fairy tale, where she would be the dazzling princess in need of rescuing."

See that first sentence up there? Well, Tash totally hooked me with that and the remainder of the first paragraph in which we learn how Goldenrod is not much like her name sounds, and just what she thinks about princesses. From that amusing beginning, The Mapmaker and the Ghost amused and i
Apr 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
In an effort to tame my tbr list, I have tried to become increasingly picky and I confess that while interested in this, I originally skipped over it on Netgalley in order to focus on YA titles. But then I saw that Small Review had gotten it (she's a bad influence ;) and I decided that I must read it too. So requested, read, and loved it!

The main character intrepid sixth-grader Goldenrod, so named by her garden-mad mother, has a deep love of maps as well as admiration for explorers Lewis and Cla
A.C. Gaughen
Oct 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Let me preface this by saying I don't read a ton of MG--most of it doesn't appeal to me, but I've been super interested in this book since I saw the wicked cute cover. I managed to sneak a peek at an ARC, and I wasn't disappointed by this wonderful story.

Goldenrod is looking for a summer of adventure in her suburban mid-west town; her best friend has moved away and she's on her own, which isn't so bad for an intrepid explorer. Following in the footsteps of her hero, Meriwethe
I knew I had to read this book the moment I saw the word mapmaker in the title. Being a lover of geography including maps, I was immediately intrigued. And the book did not disappoint, though I was surprised at the actual storyline. There wasn't as much fantasy as I was expecting, but it does play a strong role in leading Goldenrod into the woods where she not only receives her quest but runs into The Gross-Out Gang. The name of the gang is a big clue that there is a good amount of gross humor ...more
Hafsah Faizal
Jul 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review Written by my 10 year old sister

Goldenrod Moram is an adventurous girl who likes maps. She looks up to her idols, the famous explorers Lewis and Clark. As a grounded no-fun week of summer goes by Goldenrod wants to draw a map of her town, Pimilton. First she decides to do the west, then thinking better of it she decides to do the dense forest.

While at the edge of the forest she meets an old woman named Cassandra. Cassandra sets Goldenrod on an adventurous quest. The next day she sets o
Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Here's what I liked about this book:
1. the idea of a kid who has a plan, a grand plan, and sets off on a quest to achieve it. As a child I ALWAYS loved to read about kids who seemed to be doing bigger, more important things. Goldenrod has a dream to map the entire forest behind her home and I love that it never occurs to her to doubt herself. She just does it. Who can resist that?

2. The way the author weaves magic and reality. It's not quite magical realism. It's not quite paranormal. Surreal m
Jul 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I have been very fortunate to have been in on this book since the very beginning. Being close friends with Sarvenaz Tash has many perks. One of which is being fortunate enough to read her works in progress. I have always loved Goldenrod and the adventures she has in Mapmaker and the Ghost. Each edit was better than the last and this final edit (in gorgeous Hardcover with beautiful design and illustrations) is my favorite yet. I have literally read this book over a dozen times in its different ed ...more
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this in the original hardback. The Mapmaker and the Ghost is an intriguing mystery-adventure story that keeps unfolding, with an assortment of interesting characters and plot developments. While it is aimed at younger readers, it is well-written and proved to be a fun read for me as an adult. As such, I think it's a book that parents and teachers would actually LIKE to read along with their children / students.
Bryan Hall
Aug 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
That was amazing! I tried to take it slow to make it last longer, but by the last hundred pages I just couldn't wait to see what happened. Excellent twists and turns in the plotting, great humor, characters that I cared about, and an incredibly satisfying ending. You can't ask for more than that!
Shannon O'Donnell
Sep 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
What a fun story! I loved everything about Goldenrod--she is an absolute joy. The fact that her heroes are Lewis and Clark only makes me love her more. This is a story full of all the things middle grade readers love: great characters, sibling relationship, friendship, adventure, a gang and a ghost, and a dash of map-making and exploration thrown in for good measure. I LOVED this story!
Mar 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2011
Delightful and clever middle-grade adventure story with lovable characters and fantastic plot twists. I enjoyed every minute of this book and can't wait for it to come out next Spring so other people can read it!
Oct 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing

This is one great MG novel. It's a book that kids are going to devour--boys and girls! It's got adventure, great characters, twists in the plot, and a quick pace. Don't miss this one! Highly recommended!!
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What a cute book. Goldenrod is a fantastic character. I laughed out loud while reading. I love MG books, always looking for one to read with my child. I think both boys and girls will love this book.
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
My 3 yr old handed this to me at the library and demanded that I put it in our library bag. Turns out it was a lot of fun and would be great to read aloud to kids in elementary school. I especially enjoyed the relationship between the main character and her 8 yr old little brother.
Jul 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
An excellent debut novel for a YA author.

A passion for maps and adventure in her own town! Well written with a lively plot. I look forward to reading Sarvenaz Tash's next book.
Angie Fehl
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Adventure-loving Goldenrod Moram has a passion for cartography, an interest she shares with best friend Charla. Goldenrod is feeling pretty stuck in life once summer arrives. Charla's family has moved a state away and Goldenrod is grounded for repeatedly getting in trouble at school. Then inspiration strikes! She gets the idea to convince her parents (using the old "isn't it important for me to explore and socialize?" tactic) to let her spend this summer before 6th grade mapping the entirety of ...more
Tash has proven herself a master at sweet YA romances, so I was very intrigued to see what she would do in a middle grade adventure book. Fortunately, she proved just as adept at the different genre, crafting a story with spunky and realistic kids getting up to all sorts of shenanigans. I loved how the story tied in to Lewis & Clark, and I thought the book did a good job providing all its characters with backstories that really fleshed them out. It’s a tough trick to pull off so many POV charact ...more
Mar 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
When your name is Goldenrod, how can you not be destined for amazing adventures? Saddle up to join a courageous young adventurer on a quest unlike anything you've ever seen before!

Eleven year old Goldenrod Moram (named for her mother's favorite hobby) is an adventurer at heart. She shines off the page! Her thirst for adventure is infectious, and I loved that her hobby was so different from most other young people When her best friend moves away, Goldenrod sets off to make the most detailed map
I read my advance copy nearly a year after it came out (sorry!) but I wish I hadn't waited! Goldenrod and Birch have a good sibling relationship - somewhat adversarial in everyday happenings, but when someone threatens her little brother Goldenrod is the first to defend and fiercely. Some of the characters seemed a bit stock, like the evil-seeming, constantly misunderstanding teacher, the bullies, and the parents who seem not to notice anything is going on their children's lives - however, that ...more
Jun 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted here

The Mapmaker and the Ghost by Sarvenaz Tash is filled with fantastical adventures and map talk galore! It’s entertaining and imaginative and sure to suck the reader in right away.

Goldenrod Moram is a wonderfully done protagonist – she’s full self-conscious feelings that come with the start of middle school, yet still maintains that fun innocence and imagination that is so appealing to the reader. Goldenrod, and all of the char
May 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 3rd graders & up
Shelves: fantasy, junior
This was a fun book targeted for the 8 - 13 yr old crowd. Goldenrod is a fun and smart heroine with an enigmatic family. The "bad guys" are also interesting but a bit disgusting for my tastes (though I think most young boys will love their lint hoarding, snot shooting, etc. characteristics.) Goldenrod's adventure is good, clean fun with a fun ghost thrown into the mix.

The main problem I had with the book was that it was a bit slow going for me and predictable. Maybe I am too used to the action p
Medeia Sharif
Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Goldenrod Moram is on a quest to map her town. Along the way she makes several discoveries: a ragtag bunch of hoodlums who’ve kidnapped her brother, an old woman who might be a witch, and the ghost of famous explorer Meriwether Lewis. Lewis urges her to find a magical blue rose in the forest. This will be hard to do when she’s also rescuing her brother, Birch, from the machinations of the hoodlums. This is a fun, adventure-filled MG read. The imaginative, curious spirit of childhood can be found ...more
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Sarvenaz Tash is the author of The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love (an Amazon Best Book of the Year, YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant YA Readers), Virtually Yours, Three Day Summer, The Mapmaker and the Ghost, and co-author of Ghosting: A Love Story. She was born in Tehran, Iran and grew up on Long Island, NY. She received her BFA in Film and Television from NYU's Tisch School of the Art ...more

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