The Map to Everywhere

Master Thief Fin is on a quest to find the pieces of a map he needs in order to find his mother who was kidnapped long ago. He is joined in his quest by Marrill, who also needs the map, but for a different reason – to get home. A ghost ship is also on the hunt for the map but if the ship gets it, Fin and Marrill won’t.

 “Incidentally, you’re not allergic to poison by any chance, are you?”

The Map to Everywhere by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis starts out very slowly, introducing the characters and the story. The action picks up after chapter 5 but the book lacks suspense. It moves along at a reasonable pace, but it is not that exciting. Other books in this genre, like The Land of Stories, contain enough suspense to keep you at the edge of your seat but not enough to keep you awake all night. So this book requires persistence to keep on going to complete it. Ryan and Davis develop the characters as the book progresses, but not with sufficient depth to make the characters memorable. This is the first book in a planned series, but if the books continue in this style, there may not be very many books in the series.

The book might be good for boys and girls ages 8 to 15 who like ghosts and limited adventure.