Wendy Spinale. Scholastic Press, $17.99 (320p) ISBN 978-0-545-83694-4
Zeppelins dot the sky and Marauders roam the bombed-out streets of Everland, formerly London, in this darkly imaginative take on Peter Pan. Fifteen-year-old Gwen Darling and her siblings Joanna and Mikey are struggling to survive since their parents failed to come home after the war started. A virus set free when Capt. Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer (aka Hook) conquered London has moved beyond its borders. Hook aims to find a cure using children who are immune, but Pete, his Lost Boys, and Lost Girl Bella have no plans to get themselves captured. When Joanna goes missing, Pete offers to help find her. What follows is a fast-paced adventure set in and under a ruined city where steam-powered weaponry collides with the ingenuity of the Lost Children. In an exemplary debut, Spinale uses Gwen and Hook’s voices to offer glimpses into the psyche of a man desperate to please his cruel mother and a girl intent on saving the only family she has left. This is a magical, wondrous treat, with a conclusion that’s nothing less than epic. Ages 12–up. Agent: Thao Le, Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency (May)
Reviewed on: 03/07/2016
Release date: 05/10/2016
Genre: Children's
MP3 CD - 978-1-5366-8136-9
Pre-Recorded Audio Player - 978-1-5094-0987-7
Paperback - 336 pages - 978-1-338-09553-1
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