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The Map to Everywhere

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The Map to Everywhere

When Merrill finds a pirate ship sitting in a strip mall parking lot in boring Arizona, she knows it's not going to be an ordinary day. Merrill gets swept away on the Pirate Stream, a magical waterway that connects every world that's ever been, and the only way to get back home again is to join the ship's crew and find all the pieces on a magical map known as the Map to Everywhere.

In another pocket of the Pirate Stream, master thief Fin is an abandoned orphan with a curse. Or possibly a gift. Fin is immediately forgotten by everyone he meets. It makes him an expert thief, but leads to a pretty lonely life. He has no family, friends or even anyone who can remember his name. Finding the Map to Everywhere means finding his long lost mother and having a family again.

When their adventures collide, Merrill is the only person who can remember Fin, and they form a fast friendship. But when they learn someone else is after the map with plans to destroy the Pirate Stream and everything in it, Fin and Merrill have to race to put the pieces together and save the world.

The pace is quick, the mythology rich and the characters top notch. I highly recommend this one for fantasy fans who like a little humor in their tales.

THE MAP TO EVERYWHERE is so much fun to read. The worlds are rich and imaginative, particularly the island of whispering plants that can trap people in rumor vines and the pirate den known as the Khaznot Quay. The wordplay throughout is clever; the Map's official name is the Bintheyr Map to Everywhere, as in been there. I chuckled at a few of those names. The pace is quick, the mythology rich and the characters top notch. I highly recommend this one for fantasy fans who like a little humor in their tales.

Merrill and Fin are both easy to root for, especially Fin. For a character who's never had to worry about being remembered, Fin's journey from standoffish thief to true friend to Merrill was a joy to watch. I've never seen a character with such a unique curse, and it was written extraordinarily well. All the side characters were fleshed out and interesting. The wizard Ardent and the ship’s captain, Coll, made excellent shipmates for Merrill and Fin, even if they did have troubling remembering the stowaway Fin.

When I made it to the riveting end I didn't want to leave the Pirate Stream. The epilogue suggests the story isn't quite over, and sure enough this is only the first in a new series. Thank goodness for that, because I can't wait to set sail again with Merrill, Ardent, Coll aund Fin!

Reviewed by Rebecca Czochor on December 3, 2014

The Map to Everywhere
(The Map to Everywhere #1)
written by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis

  • Publication Date: September 8, 2015
  • Genres: Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction
  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 0316240788
  • ISBN-13: 9780316240789