Warning: The Girl From Everywhere will have you planning an impromptu trip to Hawaii (it also may give you an overwhelming desire to collect maps)!
In her debut offering, Heidi Heilig introduces us to Nix—a girl who has spent her entire life aboard her father’s ship, Temptation. Taking a map, adding a dash of belief they steer their ship through a map. When they come out of fog they are transported to the world on the map. With their ship and collection of various maps, they sail across the centuries, the world, and imagination. Nix reads the maps and her father navigates the ship, however, there is one thing that he wants that could put his daughter’s entire existence in jeopardy. Using a Honolulu map from 1868, Nix’s father wants to sail back to his lost love, Nix’s mother, but going there could potentially erase Nix forever.
I was completely captivated by Heidi’s world. Being a fan of Doctor Who, I was giddy with the time travel aspect. Steering their ship to a world on a map is a little different from pushing a few buttons in a blue police box, but just as fun. The sci-fi/fantasy aspect isn’t overdone, however, and I think there is just enough to make this book a super fun read.
I love the fact that the majority of the story takes place in 1868 Hawaii. Heidi herself grew up in Hawaii and she brings that into her story. There doesn’t seem to be many books out there that take place in Hawaii, much less a Hawaii of the past. It peaked my interest, and now I want to do some digging into the history of these islands. Another fun feature of the book is that each map that they travel on in the story is included in the book. I love mix media in books, and the maps just add a little something extra to the story.
This is the perfect book to escape in! Be careful though. After finishing this book I started planning a trip to Hawaii as soon as possible (and I may or may not have started collecting maps—you never know . . .)
Christen is a ravenous reader, wanna be author, Litfuse Nester, and slightly addicted to coffee. Lives in Arkansas with her husband and three mini people. Connect with her at her blog: http://ChristenKrumm.com or Twitter @ChristenKrumm.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Greenwillow Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.