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middle grade

Sometimes the best adventures await you in your own backyard...


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, possibly world-saving blue rose. Another encounter lands her in the middle of a ragtag gang of brilliant troublemakers, whose plot to obtain infamy and fortune will devastate the town of Pilmilton. But when Goldenrod stumbles upon a real, live ghost haunting the forest, she knows this will be anything but an ordinary summer . . . or an ordinary quest.

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Praise for The Mapmaker and the Ghost:

“Tash has created a memorable cast of characters and a story that combines both humor and suspense...This page-turning adventure will tickle readers’ funny bones.”

- School Library Journal


"Full of adventure and mystery, this novel is sure to bring out the explorer in every reader.

- Library Media Connection


The Mapmaker and the Ghost is a book that readers of all ages will gobble up like cupcakes. A definite must read!”

- Word Spelunking


“Fast paced and filled with twists and turns...Tash’s writing is right on target for her intended audience, but she doesn't speak down to them either.

- Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile

“Hilarious and creative...I was enchanted by this book and didn’t want it to end.” - That’s Swell!


“Tash's debut is clever, unique and fantastical, basically everything I hope for a middle grade book to be.” - A Reader of Fictions


“Entertaining and imaginative and sure to suck the reader in right away...this is not a debut to miss!” - Bookalicious

Some technical info:

The Mapmaker and the Ghost

Ages: 8-12 (Grades 3-7)

Pages: 256 pp

ISBN-13: 9780802723406

ISBN-10: 0802723403

Publisher: Bloomsbury/Walker

Formats available: hardcover/e-book/paperback

First published: April 24, 2012

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