The Girl From Everywhere
by Heidi Heilig
If you want a hefty fantasy novel, I would recommend The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig. This time-travel fantasy imagines a girl who travels around the world across centuries looking for a map that might alter her future. It is the first book in a duology, which introduces 16-year-old Nix, a girl who has traveled around the world through centuries aboard her father's time-traveling ship.
Nix was born in Hawaii in 1868; when her mother dies in childbirth, her roguish opium addicted father sets sail with her. He can sail anywhere in time that he wants, as long as he has a map; but now he is seeking a map to take him back to 1868 so that he can change the past and resurrect his wife. The question is, what will that do to Nix's future, in fact her entire existence? Along with her Persian thief love interest, Kash, who has been sailing with them for two years, Nix struggles to keep her father from acquiring the map that could lead to her demise.
This skillful mashup of science fiction, Hawaiian history, and mythology is filled with swashbuckling adventure, making it a real page turner. The sequel The Ship Beyond Time is expected February 28, 2017.
Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Goodreads Debut Author. (2016)
Greenwillow Books. Feb 16, 2016. 464 pages. MS/HS.
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