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The Girl from Everywhere
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Girl from Everywhere is a fantasy adventure set mostly in Hawaii during the mid-1800s and features teens involved in criminal activities (pirating and other robberies). Sexual content is mostly limited to flirting and cuddling while sleeping. Strong language is limited a half dozen instances each of "damn" and "hell," with one or two exclamations of "Jesus" and "Christ." Nixie's father is addicted to opium, and Nixie strikes a bargain with a drug dealer.
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What's the story?
Sixteen-year-old Nixie loves many of the aspects of life aboard her father's ship, the Temptation, especially since he can, with the right map, navigate to wide-ranging mythological lands and historical time periods. Nixie, however, worries that he's too obsessed with being reunited with his true love, Nixie's mother, who died in Hawaii in the mid-1800s. She fears that the Captain, an opium addict, is willing to gamble with the paradoxes that might cause her to wink out of existence. She wants to set out on her own before that happens, but her father embroils her in a desperate plan to steal a fortune in gold.
Is it any good?
Thanks to its unusual setting, Hawaii in the 1860s, and its mix of the mythical and the historic, this romantic adventure succeeds in spinning a complicated tale of time travel and family conflict. THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE features a compelling main character eager to set off on adventure, yet bound by the obligations she feels to her family and fellow crewmates. Nixie's relationship with the charming young thief Kashmir is particularly well-handled, as are her mixed feelings for her dangerously obsessed father. Author Heidi Heilig keeps the narrative pace brisk, the stakes high, and the repartee witty.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why time-travel stories are so popular in a variety of media. How does the possibility of time travel relate to questions of predestination and free will?
If you could go back in time, would you worry that you might change the future by doing so? Which aspects of the future would you want to protect?
Is it ever justified to make your living by stealing from others?
- Author: Heidi Heilig
- Genre: Fantasy
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Great Girl Role Models, Pirates
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Greenwillow Books
- Publication date: February 16, 2016
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 14 - 17
- Number of pages: 464
- Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
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