Ghosts and Adventure: A Review of The Mapmaker and the Ghost

The Mapmaker and the Ghost
The Mapmaker and the Ghost
Sarvenaz Tash
256 pages
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Release Date: April 24th, 2012
Source: ARC from ALA
Rating: LOVED

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 lady has her searching for a legendary blue rose. Another encounter lands her in the middle of a ragtag gang of brilliant troublemakers. And when she stumbles upon none other than the ghost of Meriwether Lewis himself, Goldenrod knows this will be anything but an ordinary summer . . . or an ordinary quest. Debut author Sarvenaz Tash combines an edge-of-your-seat adventure, a uniquely clever voice, and an unforgettable cast of characters to prove that sometimes the best adventures of all are waiting right in your own backyard.

  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 out with the quest in mind, the quest is to find a blue rose in three days time. As the quest unravels Goldenrod faces many things in the forest, from a very polite ghost to a group of orphaned and runaway kids. Will Goldenrod take this adventure on?

  This book is as good as any. Sarvena Tash added a lot of humor and weird names, that had me snorting with laughter! As I was reading this book I just couldn’t put it down. And there were a bunch of times where I was at the edge of my seat. I really liked how determined Goldenrod was, and the adventure she always dreamed of. I decided to give this book 5 stars. This book is recommended for all adventure lovers. As Goldenrod says, “You won’t find adventure in your backyard, you have to go a little further!”


This review was written by my ten year old sister Azraa!
Leave her a comment and tell her what you think :)


Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.



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    Gina @ My Precious

    July 21, 2012

    Great review. I have this book on my TBR list. After reading your review I'm more excited to read it. I like middle grade adventures. Goldenrod seems like a admirable heroine.

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    Randi M

    July 21, 2012

    Great review! This sounds like a fun, mysterious read. :) Adding this to my list! Thank you for sharing!

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    Sarvenaz Tash

    July 21, 2012

    Thank you for this wonderful review, Azraa! I'm so very glad you enjoyed the book so much. :-)

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    Claire M. Caterer

    July 22, 2012

    Azraa, I really appreciate your review. I always like to read books that kids like, not just the ones that adults think kids SHOULD like. I'm excited to read this adventure story!

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    July 29, 2012

    I loved this one too!!! It was so cute. I just loved the adventures. Need more!!