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The Map To Everywhere
by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis

Author: Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis
RRP: £7.99

This is a entertaining and exciting book that takes the laws of physics and throws them out of the window! The authors deliver a clever and funny tale surrounding schoolgirl Marrill as she, and her pet cat, are stolen away from her sick mother when the magical Pirate Stream floods the parking lot. This spirits her off to a land of talking trees, wizards, thieves and Pirats. In this wondrous sea she meets Fin a master thief with a twist, (as soon as he is out of sight every one forgets he even exists) and together they go on a quest to find the Map to Everywhere and maybe stop the end of the world.

This is one of those weird tales where everything has taken a dose of insanity. With personified elements, frozen words and a omnipresent forests, the wonders will never end. The authors have created an immense world of magic and imagination that I hope will be revisited.

At first I was sceptical and doubted that the writers could ever make Fins ability/curse work but in actual fact it works very well and makes for some very entertaining interactions and sequences. But it does get a bit boring at how little interaction there is between Fin and most of the other characters because they don't remember him long enough to form meaningful relationships. The best parts of the story are probably the times when Fin and Marril are playing, as Fin has never had a friend before and it is fun to see him progress from a selfish thief to someone I might like to be friends with.

This book is a fun and entertaining read that all readers 10+ can enjoy. I rate this book a 8/10 it kept me captivated and eager to find out the ending.

Ethan Ford (13)