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The Map to Everywhere

Written by Carrie Ryan, John Parke Davis
Illustrated by Todd Harris

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December 2014 Debut of the Month An epic new magical adventure series featuring a modern artful dodger called Fin who is on a mission to find his mother and school girl Marrill who is whisked away one day from a car park by a pirate ship to another world and wants to get back home. Full of quirky yet believable characters and places described so vividly, you feel you are right there with them, so get ready for a rollercoaster ride of a lifetime as you join Fin and Marrill on their search not just for what they want but also on a wild chase to find the Map to Everywhere which a dark and powerful wizard is also seeking.

A letter from the authors...

Dear Reading Traveller,

You would have to come from the most cut-off, backwater spot in all existence not to have heard of the legendary Pirate Stream. But many of us have never actually sailed its glowing waters ourselves.

What can you expect out on the open Stream? Well, it’s all about the unexpected here, so the best way to learn is to dive right in!

WARNING: Do not, under any circumstances, dive right into the Pirate Stream. Its waters are pure, undiluted magic, and touching them, drinking them, sniffing them, or thinking unkindly about them could and absolutely will result in bad things happening.
The authors of this guide are not responsible for spontaneous vaporization, uncontrollable transmorgraphication, prefrontal stankalation, or anything else that sounds made up until it happens to you.

It is said that the Pirate Stream touches all the worlds of creation, at some place and some time. All we know for sure is that if you can imagine it—whether it’s a forest full of gossiping trees, a land of lizard-riding plants, or a city that likes to eat spectacles—it’s probably out there somewhere! Just be sure you have a good ship,
a captain who knows what he’s doing, and of course, a good map, because you never know where you might end up and who you might meet when you get there.
So dip into this guide and then grab The Map to Everywhere to see where it takes you!

Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Chloe, age 11 - 'I loved this book and found it gripping and hard to put down. The two main characters are very different but both need the map to help them in some kind of way.' Read full review >
  • Luke Bauer, age 12 - 'Fin and Marril are trying to find the Map to Everywhere, hoping to achieve their goals. But can they escape an evil wizard who wants the Map too to fulfil a terrible prophecy?' Read full review >
  • Ewan Young, age 11 - 'A brilliant adventure story full of magic and danger, everyone should read this.'  Read full review >
  • Joseph Harris-Hart, age 12 - 'It is an adventure story with pirates, magic and wizardry and worth reading if you like that sort of thing.' Read full review >
  • Isaac East, age 8 - 'This book is packed with magic humor and excitement. 10 out of 10 for The Map To Everywhere! I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to go on an exciting journey.' Read full review >
  • Rohan Delamere, age 9 - 'A brilliant fantasy about magic, pirates and adventures  with an exciting plot. I could really imagine the world it was set in.' Read full review >


The Map to Everywhere by Carrie Ryan, John Parke Davis

'It is said the Bintheyr Map to Everywhere will take its possessor wherever he or she needs to go...' Master thief, Fin, is unusual - when he's out of sight, everyone forgets he exists! He needs to find his mother - the one person who might remember him. Schoolgirl, Marrill, boards a pirate ship in a car park and is carried off to another world. She needs to find her way home. Fin and Marrill are on a wild adventure to find the Map to Everywhere, but can they escape the Oracle - a dark and powerful wizard who seeks the map to fulfil a terrifying prophecy?

Find some more fun facts about The Map to Everywhere, characters in the book and cartography (that's the study of maps!) click here!

And there's a great website full of extra information about this exciting new series at


Two displaced young adventurers sail streams of raw magic from world to world in this vividly cast series opener. Multifaceted characters, high stakes, imaginative magic, and hints of hidden twists and complexities to come add up to a memorable start to a projected four-volume voyage. Kirkus review

Wholly original…. This is an ambitious undertaking, and strong readers who enjoy adventure fiction and fantasy will inhale the first book in what has the potential to be an extraordinary series. School Library Journal

Fast-paced and imaginative, this adventure combines action with whimsy, injecting emotion and pathos into an otherwise lighthearted romp. It’s a strong start for what promises to be a highly enjoyable series. Publishers Weekly

The kickoff of an adventure that readers will devour. The authors cleverly balance witty wordplay, action, suspense and emotional impact for a novel that is a lively introduction to a great new series—and a quest that kids will want to embark upon. BookPage

Ryan and Davis’ swashbuckling quest features fantastic world building, gnarly creatures, and a villain who is both spooky and formidable…. The unique details, expert plotting, charming characters, and comic interludes combine in a tantalizing read. Booklist

About the Author

Carrie Ryan, John Parke Davis

Husband and wife Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis have been in love with each other's writing (and with each other) since meeting in law school a decade ago.

Carrie is the New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed and multi-award winning Forest of Hands and Teeth series.

John is an Assistant Federal Defender in the Western District of North Carolina as well as a published author of short fiction.

Though they've been important parts of each other's writing for years, The Map to Everywhere is their first full collaboration. John and Carrie currently live in Charlotte, North Carolina, with their two ornery cats and one gullible dog.

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256 pages


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Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Publication date

4th November 2014




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