Published by Disney Hyperion on September 16th 2014
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fairytale Retelling, Fantasy & Magic, Friendship, Humor, Magic, Middle Grade, Pirates
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Captain Hook's feisty daughter hits the high seas to avenge her father's death at the jaws of the Neverland crocodile in Heidi Schulz's spirited middle-grade debut.
Twelve-year-old Jocelyn dreams of becoming every bit as daring as her infamous father, Captain James Hook. Her grandfather, on the other hand, intends to see her starched and pressed into a fine society lady. When she's sent to Miss Eliza Crumb-Biddlecomb's Finishing School for Young Ladies, Jocelyn's hopes of following in her father's fearsome footsteps are lost in a heap of dance lessons, white gloves, and way too much pink.
So when Jocelyn receives a letter from her father challenging her to avenge his untimely demise at the jaws of the Neverland crocodile, she doesn't hesitate-here at last is the adventure she has been waiting for. But Jocelyn finds that being a pirate is a bit more difficult than she'd bargained for. As if attempting to defeat the Neverland's most fearsome beast isn't enough to deal with, she's tasked with captaining a crew of woefully untrained pirates, outwitting cannibals wild for English cuisine, and rescuing her best friend from a certain pack of lost children, not to mention that pesky Peter Pan who keeps barging in uninvited.
The crocodile's clock is always ticking in Heidi Schulz's debut novel, a story told by an irascible narrator who is both dazzlingly witty and sharp as a sword. Will Jocelyn find the courage to beat the incessant monster before time runs out?
I love retelling and I had a soft stop for Captain Hook. So I couldn’t wait to read this book but it took me longer than I expected. I snagged this at BEA last year and I am actually sad I waited so long to read it because it was honestly fantastic. The story, the characters everything about it was so much fun and such a great read, I can’t wait to read more from this author and this series.
Jocelyn Hook is Captain Hooks daughter and she loves adventure. When she gets sent to finishing school because she isn’t the lady that her grandfather is wanting her to be. But Jocelyn doesn’t want to be like all the other girls she wants to be a pirate just like her dad, so when a letter comes asking her to avenge her father’s death from the nasty crocodile she is happy to take the challenge, grabbing a crew of her own she sets off on a wild adventure.
I adored Jocelyn and I loved her spunk. She was a girl that had her mind set on a goal and she needed to prove herself but at times she questioned who she really was and on this adventure she grows a lot and learns a lot about herself and what she wants to become. I also loved her BFF Roger, he was just a great friend and they are super cute together.
The story is a fun pirate adventure with lots of swashbuckling, fairy dust, lost boys, Peter Pan, Mr Smee and even Tinkerbell. The world build is fun and imaginative, I loved Neverland and the big bad crocodile was the perfect villain with his tick tock clock. It really kept the feel of Peter Pans Neverland with all the things you loved about it from the book and movies. I also loved how this story ended, I was actually sad when I was finished. Mrs Schulz did an amazing job telling this story I am really looking forward to the next book this is a great series for kids, adult and anyone that loves a good retelling of Neverland.
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