Publisher's Note:  

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.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Bloomsbury Children's Books

The Mapmaker and the Ghost

by Sarvenaz Tash

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Overall Review:  

The Mapmaker and the Ghost is part adventure story and part treasure hunt, with a friendly ghost thrown in for good measure.  11 year old Goldenrod, the brave protagonist, is a bit of a loner, but she has plenty of spunk.  The book starts slowly and may require a little patience on the reader's part.  However, about a third of the way in, the pace picks up and things start happening.  The author, Sarvenaz Tash, invests a bit of back story for each character and creates some unexpected connections.   Ended most satisfactorily, The Mapmaker and the Ghost offers a little bit of history and a few moral lessons while taking the reader on a trip.

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  2 religious exclamations.


Violence/Gore Category:  Character is hit with a backpack; a character is deliberately hit with a baseball; a character is punched; some destruction of personal property occurs; one ghost scene (very mild); a character's leg is broken.


Sex/Nudity:  None.

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Crimes; Orphans; Parental Neglect; Bullying.

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Reviewed By Cindy
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