Read Hook's Revenge immediately! Fast, fun, and hilarious, this debut novel by Heidi Schulz will appeal to elementary age and middle school kids for sure, but also even older people to include adults, because of the dry wit and rather inappropriate comments of the old pirate narrator who dislikes children. (He's my favorite part.)
It's a brilliantly conceived novel, based on the world of Peter Pan. Jocelyn is Hook's daughter, and though she has never met him, she is determined to be a dangerous pirate one day, nevermind that everyone else wants her to conform and be a nice little lady at finishing school.
When she learns of her father's death from the fearsome crocodile, she seeks revenge on the giant creature in Neverland itself. But this turns out to be harder than she thought it would be.
Funny, but also touching without crossing into sappy, this is a book for everyone. Hook's Revenge has received outstanding reviews from all sorts of critics, to include School Library Journal, Kirkus, and Booklist. Furthermore, Hook's Revenge was selected as one of the top 100 children's books of 2014 by the New York Public Library. This is a book that is well worth your time.
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