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Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
Avatar: The Last Airbender - North and South, Part Two by Gene Luen Yang
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Fenway and Hattie and the Evil Bunny Gang by Victoria J. Coe
The 52-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
Giant Days, Volume 1 by John Allison
The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart
March: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell
The Maypop Kidnapping by C. M. Surrisi
New Cat by Yangsook Choi
Oh! by Kevin Henkes
Quiet! by Paul Bright
Rock with Wings by Anne Hillerman
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer by Sydney Padua
Toto Trouble: Back to Crass by Thierry Coppée
Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes
The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

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Seven narrative ways to travel
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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
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1 star: Did not finish

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My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



The Girl from Everywhere: 02/20/17

The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig is the start of a YA time travel series. Nix has been traveling with her father and their crew for her entire life. Now after years of adventures, she has a chance to learn the truth behind her birth as they travel back to Hawaii.

In adventure stories and road trip movies have a travel by map montage trick to compress the story into something reasonable. In Nix's case, time travel literally works as travel by map.

While local, human knowledge of a place is the still the most efficient way to discover information about a place (even when using computers to then analyze and model data), relying on human drawn maps for time travel can open up cans of worms(or wormholes). A map is as good and as powerful as the artist's connection to the location or their personal conviction in its veracity. A cartographer with sufficient imagination could make a map good enough to take time travelers to an alternate or completely map up reality.

After revealing that time travel by map is a potential crap shoot, the book settles down in Hawaii in 1868. Nix and the crew end up in a heist that's straight out of a Hawaii Five-O (original more than the remake) but with some paranormal twists.

I'm rather conflicted about this book. On the one hand, I love the idea of traveling by map and time traveling pirate ships (I imagine that Captain Hook was such a traveler but couldn't get a good map to get out of Neverland). I like a good caper. I like Hawaii Five-O (both versions). But the pacing in this book is off. It's too long in parts and too short in others.

The second in the series, The Ship from Beyond Time is out this month.

Three stars

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