The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
For Nix’s entire life, she has not only sailed the seas but time and space itself. Along with her father and the crew of his ship, they can travel to any real or fictional world as long as they have a hand-drawn map of the place and time. Unfortunately, there is a catch. A map can only take you to a place once. But in this life of adventure and excitement, Nix’s father, Slate, only wants to go back to one place: Honolulu 1868. That was the time and place that Nix’s mother died and Slate wants to have her back again. Over the years, Nix has grown accustomed to her father’s obsession and her doubts that he will ever succeed — until one day Slate finally gets the right map. Nix worries about whether or not she will exist in this new reality with her mother, but is forced to help her father no matter the cost.
My biggest problem with The Girl from Everywhere was the start of it. At the beginning of the book, I thought the plot moved along slowly and I was eagerly waiting for it to pick up the pace. Eventually, the plot began to thicken and grow more interesting as I read on. It was a powerful book that is beautiful writing. The epic journey Nix takes is worth the read, and the author manages to explain all of the rules of time travel without having a huge information dump. The end left me on the edge of my seat and craving more, so I was thrilled to find out this is only the first book of a duology. –Vyshnavi Poruri (Murphy MS Student)
Nix is a girl who has never stayed in one place or time. With her father, the captain, and their crew, Nix’s father sails them from one time to another through hand-drawn maps. Although they could go anywhere and any time, even fictional places, Nix’s father, Slate, only wants maps for the time when Nix’s mother was alive, Honolulu Hawaii 1868. In his obsessive quest to find and buy these maps, he goes to any extent even if it borders on unrealistic, he might even put a risk on Nix if he manages to get through.
The Girl From Everywhere is a great story about setting priorities and sticking with them till the end. Although it was quite slow at the start as Vyshnavi said, it ended well and when the pace picked up it really threw me off and forced me to reread parts because of the unexpected fast-paced action. It took me a while to get really into it and there were some parts I didn’t really like but overall it was a good read. I would say it’s a great middle school book and would recommend it for the Texas Lone Star List. –Elise Fenstermacher (MMS Student)
The Girl From Everywhere is a great story about a girl named Nix who lives with her father on a ship along with Bee, Kashmir, and Rotgut. Bee comes from Africa , Rotgut was an ex-monk in China, and Kashmir comes from a magical land in Persia. Wait! Magical land? Yes. Nix’s father, Captain Slate, has the power to travel to any place and time using authentic maps. That’s how they found Kashmir, through a magical map. Captain Slate is obsessed with going back to the time that Nix’s mother died. He believes that he can still save her from death. Even though it has been more than a decade, he hunts for maps that can take him back to that time. Yet, how far will he go? Would he even take the risk of robbing a king’s treasury, nearly 1 million dollars, and using that money to buy a map from a bunch of bad men? It seems like it. The Girl From Everywhere is a great book in my opinion. It has adventure in it as well as betrayals. I highly recommend it and I think that it should make the Lone Star Committee List. –Ishaan Javali (MMS Student)