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Friday, November 21, 2014

Hook's Revenge by Heidi Schulz

Hook's RevengeSo I thought (notice the past tense) I was an authority on all things Peter Pan.  I had seen the Disney movie and read the Peter and the Starcatchers series by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson and discovered about how Peter could fly and why he became the leader of the last boys.  I also learned about Neverland.  However, I never knew that Captain Hook, Peter Pan's nemesis, had been married and had a daughter until I read this book.  The knowledge shattered my whole world!

So let me introduce Jocelyn, the daughter (a.k.a. "female offspring") of fiercely renowned pirate Captain James Hook. She's a feisty girl who doesn't fit into the "mold" of her grandfather's elite society so he sends her to a girl's finishing school where her only friend is Roger, the cook's helper.  Like finishing school would help a daughter of a pirate!  On her thirteenth birthday, Jocelyn receives a letter from her father asking her to avenge his untimely death at the hands of that familiar crocodile (Tick-Tock). Before she knows it, Jocelyn's swept off to Neverland to lead a crew of inexperienced pirates with the help of Mr. Smee, her father's right hand man, on a journey to kill the crocodile who murdered Captain Hook.  You'll just have to read the book to see who else she meets up with on her adventure.

The book is narrated throughout by the voice of a cranky older pirate who adds more spunk to the tale.  You will especially appreciate Jocelyn's ingenious ways of using all of the dreaded etiquette lessons she endured in school to further her journey, and how our narrator (begrudgingly) admits that this is something that readers could all stand to learn.  See, it is helpful to use manners! 

So the good news is you will love this book.  The even better news is that the next book is coming out in 2015.  I can't wait to see what Jocelyn has in store for us next!

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