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The Girl From Everywhere

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Staff Review: "The Girl From Everywhere" by Heidi Heilig


Sixteen-year-old Nix has only known life as a time-traveling vagabond on her father’s Portuguese tall ship. (Yes, it looks like a pirate ship.) Her father, Slate, has a special ability to navigate to any location at a specific point in time, even mythical locations, as long as he has an authentic map created on that date. Nix has been to 21st century New York City, nineteenth-century China, and the mythical world of One Thousand and One Nights (to name just a few) with her father’s diverse crew, which includes the clever, young Persian thief Kashmir. Slate, who is an opium addict, is driven by a second addiction—a desire to return to Honolulu in 1868 in order to be reunited Nix’s mother, who died giving birth to Nix. Reluctant Nix sympathizes with her father and knows how important she is to his quest, but she has a legitimate concern—could the the reunion her father so desperately seeks erase her existence?

This culturally-diverse adventure is a thrilling blend of science fiction, mythology, and history that maintains a quick pace while staying true to the emotional center—a conflicted sixteen-year-old girl longing to escape from her father’s quest, to collect some life experiences of her own, and figure out where (and when) she belongs. It’s an utterly unique book and a delight. The audiobook, which is available from the Wisconsin Digital Library, is highly recommended. Fans of The Starbound Trilogy (These Broken Stars) by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner or time-travel adventures and readers dreaming of visiting Hawaii (where much of the action in this book takes place) are sure to enjoy this book. 

Audience: teens | Genre: fiction

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