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The Map to Everywhere

(The Map to Everywhere #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  1,805 ratings  ·  330 reviews
Adventure, magic, and hilarity collide in New York Times bestselling author Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis's first book in a fantastical series.

To Master Thief Fin, an orphan from the murky pirate world of the Khaznot Quay, the Map is the key to finding his mother. To suburban schoolgirl Marrill, it's her only way home after getting stranded on the Pirate Stream, the ma
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published November 4th 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Lia  °on a summer hiatus but don't worry I'll be back°
“You know what?” Marrill growled. “He’s right. I need you, Fin. And I don’t just need you to help me. I need you to hang out with me. I need you to make up signs with me. I need you to throw junk into the Stream and watch it explode, and fight off whatever monsters it turns into with me. I need you to be my friend.”

Got this baby at the local book fair for almost nothing and let me tell you, it was possibly the bargain of a lifetime!
The Map to Everywhere is a magical, funny and entertaining tal
Rashika (is tired)
This seemingly simplistic book turned into a favorite of the year and I am not the least bit surprised. I love all kinds of books but I have a soft spot for adventures. All I’ve ever wanted from life is to have an adventure, a fantastical (in both senses of the word) one in particular. So whenever I come across an adventure book, I become extremely excited and get all grabby hands. So when I came across this one, all I could think about was how much I needed the book. Awesome premise aside, have ...more
Nicole Hewitt
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

My kids and I really enjoyed this book. We thought it was great fun and the story drew us all in from the very start. We especially loved Fin, the boy who no one could remember. I thought that this was an incredibly unique power, but what made it truly fantastic was the emotional resonance that went along with it – Fin was such a sad character because he lived his life completely alone, even when he was among other peo
Apr 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club-reads
3.5 stars, plus an extra half-star for the cat! :)
Christi M
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My nephew recommended this book. He liked it so much that he found my Fire tablet and proceeded to mark the entire series with 5 stars, even though I hadn't read any of them yet. So, now that I've finished listening to it on audio, which was excellent. I am interviewing my nephew for his review.

Here is his review:

Tell me a little about the book: "The book is about how someone named Merrill in a real life place who went to an imaginary place with a magician named Ardent. They go to save something
A decent start to what will probably be a fun fantasy series that runs for far too long. Four books are planned. FOUR. Before I explain why I think this is ill advised, let me hit the highlights.

I like the characters, and am looking forward to getting to know them better, because I feel like I didn't get enough of them here. I'm loving the friendship between Fin and Merrill, and I can't help but want to give Fin a squishy hug so at least you know the authors have succeeded in making me care. Th
May 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved Carrie's YA series (The Forest of Hands and Teeth), so I knew I was going to like The Map to Everywhere. Even if I weren't so biased by working at the bookstore she frequents, I would be head over heels for this book. Merrill and Fin are fantastic characters, the adventure is inventive and exciting, and Carrie's writing is, as ever, fantastic. 10/10, would recommend!
Sarah MacLean
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I adore everything Carrie Ryan writes, and The Map to Everywhere is no different. Fin & Marrill are awesome, and the book is the kind of adventure that makes you wish you had a 7 year old around to read with. I can't wait for my little one to grow up so we can read this together.
Jan 05, 2015 added it
I don't read many middle grade books. I can sometimes find them just that little bit too young for me, but every now and then one will catch my eye. The Map to Everywhere was one of those books and I'm so glad I gave it a chance. It sounded like such a fun little read and Carrie Ryan is an author that I've been meaning to read for the longest time. This book was exciting, original and unbelievably addictive. I was transported into Marrill and Fin's world easily and I was reluctant to let go.

Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
"Wherever you need to go - the Map to Everywhere can take you there"

Just from reading that sentence I knew this was gonna be a awesome adventurous book. And the author is Carrie Ryan bam double awesome.

Master thief Fin, an orphan, is in search of his mother. Schoolgirl Marrill wants to find her way home, she is stranded on the Pirate Stream. The Pirate Stream is a magical waterway that connects every world in creation.
The Map to Everywhere has to be pieced together. The pieces are scattered am
Orphans, pirates, friendship, peril, thieves, cats, excellent. What a good middle grade book.
Elise Rose
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It was funny and clever, with great characters and an exciting story. I highly recommend this book to pretty much anyone. :)
Malcolm Cox
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This came across as a cross between the discovery of strange lands like "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" and the comical silliness of "Muddle Earth" (not as silly but there is that feel to it). The hapless heroes take a voyage on the Pirate Stream stopping off at strange lands in the search for the Map to Everywhere. Each land is different with its own quirks and inhabitants, all the while they're plagued by the big bad.
The characters were pretty good, with certainly a unique aspect with Fin who
Denae Christine
Reader's thoughts: There were many quirky lines and creatures that I wish I could name here, but only a few stick out.
Glitter bugs eat darkness.
"It tasted like an old shoe that stepped in two-week-old mayonnaise."
Salt and pepper shakers can destroy an entire ship.
Words and hope freeze if it's cold enough.
"I may be no one, but at least I'm no one with a mission!"
Rumor vines can grow anywhere on anything.
"Who are you?"

My one complaint is that it felt a tad rushed. I don't really understand the wor
Jade Crowell
Oct 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
This is a book that is usually not in my interests, so I decided to take a risk. But then I fell flat on my face with this book. I did not enjoy this read. I do not like how one demential and unrealistic this book seemed while reading it. Marrill, one of the the main characters, was very interesting. How she reacted upon boarding the ship was both amusing and intriguing. But overall, I wasn't very interested.
Isabel Haber
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I particularly enjoyed the fact that we got both Marrill and Fin's perspective of the story, especially when they are in different areas.
Carina Olsen
Jul 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Just finished reading this precious book for the third time. Sigh. I just adore this book oh so much. It never fails to make me happy. And break my heart at the same time. This middle grade series is something that everyone should be reading. Because Fin is the most amazing boy to get to know. Marrill is so awesome too. And this world. I cannot with how amazing this world is. I loved reading about all the different places again. It felt so real. Such an amazing and yet terrifying world created. ...more
May 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing! It has everything I want in a good adventure story: enrapturing writing, unforgettable characters (hehe), and amazing and enchanting worlds. What is not to love about soaring through a magical stream on a pirate ship? This book is a great example of children's literature. Some stories in children's literature lack a certain amount of danger to make the story seem "believable" enough. This book had the right amount of danger but also a true sense of whimsy, and it balanced t ...more
Oct 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Map to Everywhere is a fun and engaging Middle Grade Fantasy with interesting characters and an action-packed plot.

I was quickly hooked on the tale of Marrill and Fin and their struggle to get back to and find their families. They were likable and sympathetic heroes, both intelligent, adventurous, and perfectly suited for this kind of story.

For me the plot was reminiscent of the classic MG portal fantasies that I loved reading as a pre-teen like The Phantom Tollbooth, A Wrinkle in Time, and
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Reading The Map to Everywhere is like going on an adventure, filled with all these different interconnected worlds. I just loved the premise of the Pirate Stream, which is this magical waterway connecting these worlds at "some place and some time." The settings of the Gibbering Grove to the Crystal Shadow Wastes each were unique and presented new challenges to the pair. There is also this rich vocabulary of nautical and map terms, pirate lore and fun characters. Throw in a few wizards, and dange ...more
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a VERY well written and enjoyable fantasy novel which pulls in the reader immediately. There are lots of twists and turns in the plot that keeps any reader guessing what comes next. I really could not find any slow spots in the story. There are a variety of memorable and colorful characters in this world; some even endearing. The author(s) imagination runs wild in this story; much to the readers’ benefit – from the rumor vine and Gibbering Grove; to kids flying the wind current; to the l ...more
The Grimm Reader
Mar 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015, fiction, own
This, I have to say, is one of the cutest books I have ever read.
The characters have middle-grade quirkiness, but that is all there is that is "cookie cutter" about them. I have read few middle-grade novels that had characters as original as these.
The whole book is an epic, funny, and ridiculously cute journey. I would definitely name it one of the most enjoyable books I have ever read. The world is different and special, and you love the characters because they are different and special. N
Oct 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was so cute. It started off a bit slow, but once the stories got going, the book just flew by. I loved that the bad guy was creepy and just kept popping up.

Fin is forgettable. Not like he's plain or ordinary; he's actually forgettable. No one can remember him once they meet him. Sure it's a lonely life, but he has definitely used it to his advantage. He is a Master Thief. How can you catch someone you can't remember? More than anything, Fin wants to find the person who remembers him; his m
Mary Ann
Sep 02, 2014 rated it liked it
An ambitious adventure story that sometimes feels like it's trying too hard to build a fantastical world. The two main characters are likeable, but not strongly developed. The story is carried primarily by action (rather than character development), which is generally well-written, though the plot is sometimes confusing. While often light in tone, the humor can be vague or falls flat. The ending leaves plenty of room for the story to continue in the next installment. Younger readers will find th ...more
Jul 06, 2014 rated it liked it
I like the character Fin as well as Marrill. I even enjoyed reading about the other magical characters and unlikely settings. So I'm not sure why I didn't really enjoy the story. Perhaps because there is so much going on and the action takes the reader from Arizona where Marrill lives into several magical realms including the one where Fin lives. I will have to first discuss this book with a middle grade reader before I know to recommend it. My fear is that young readers are not going to be able ...more
May 09, 2014 added it
Shelves: middle-grade, dnf
I read 15% of this. I just don't like it. I had no idea what was going on, in what direction the book was going in, and frankly, I found it boring. I'm pretty impatient with middle grade novels. I need to be intrigued to push on, and this one wasn't connecting with me.

There were two POVs, and neither of them were interesting to me. There was a boy thief that could make people "forget they saw him" when it was most convenient for the storyline to continue, and a girl who liked to adventure, and w
Dec 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Marrill lives in our time with real worries about a sick mother and a new home. She accidentally gets caught in the Pirate Stream while in a parking lot in Arizona. On the sailing ship, The Enterprising Kraken, she begins a series of adventures with the master thief Fin to find a magical map. Fin is stuck with a curse that will make him forgettable to anyone who meets him. Marrill is somehow immune to this curse and becomes his first friend.

This is a long, rambling fantasy adventure, ideal for m
A reluctant 3 stars, though my 11-year-old self would probably have rated it much higher.. The last 100 pages were better than the first 300+. I liked the characters, and enjoyed the adventure (though it could have been half as long). It kind of has a Percy Jackson feel to it. The juvenile sarcasm and mediocre humor are big turn-offs for me, though.

Still, I would definitely recommend it for a middle-schooler interested in faster-paced, fantasy-fiction.
Kylee Abramson
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
Okay, I’m literally a LOVER of fantasy books, but this book was literally a mess. It’s just... SO BAD. It started off okay, and I actually like it, but then I kept reading, and it went so many directions. Like I didn’t even have enough time to actually CARE about the characters. They just shoved them in my face. I fell like if the story was more thought out and not just a messy splurge of plot, I would actually really enjoy it.
Heather Penner
May 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mg
My 12-year-old loved this book, otherwise I would have abandoned it. I'm not really sure what was wrong, but it was too whacky for me, and I didn't get into the story or the characters.

I would categorize this story as a surrealist commentary (along the lines of the Phantom Tollbooth) meets high fantasy.
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Carrie Ryan is the New York Times bestselling author of a lot of books. She use to be a lawyer. Happily, she is not anymore. You can keep it that way by reading her books:

If you like zombies, try the Forest of Hands and Teeth series.

If you like clever, fun adventure fantasy for 8-12 year olds, definitely read the Map To Everywhere series (co-written with her husband, John Parke Davis).

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“Wait," Fin said, puzzling through the words. "That was a seed, not a secret."

"Of course it was." It sounded annoyed, at least for a tree. "Here, secrets turn to seed, good secrets take root, and the vines that grow bloom into rumors. They do that, you know," it said, as much to itself as to Fin. "Once planted, they grow. And start new rumors all their own.”
“Io ho bisogno di te, Fin. E non solo perchè mi serve il tuo aiuto. Voglio che tu stia con me. (...). Ho bisogno di te perchè sei mio amico.
- Marrill”
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