Capt. Hook: The Adventures of a Notorious Youth

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With his long black curls, a shadowy family tree, and an affinity for pet spiders, James Matthew bears little resemblance to his starched-collar, blue-blooded peers at Eton. Dubbed King Jas., he stops at nothing to become the most notorious underclassman in the prestigious school's history. For James, sword fighting, falling in love with an Ottoman Sultana, and challenging the Queen of England are all in a day's skullduggery. But when he sets sail on a ship with a mysterious mission, King Jas.' dream of ...

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Overview

With his long black curls, a shadowy family tree, and an affinity for pet spiders, James Matthew bears little resemblance to his starched-collar, blue-blooded peers at Eton. Dubbed King Jas., he stops at nothing to become the most notorious underclassman in the prestigious school's history. For James, sword fighting, falling in love with an Ottoman Sultana, and challenging the Queen of England are all in a day's skullduggery. But when he sets sail on a ship with a mysterious mission, King Jas.' dream of discovering a magical island quickly turns into an unimaginable nightmare.

Screenwriter J. V. Hart traces the evolution of J. M. Barrie's classic villain from an eccentric outcast to the scourge of Neverland.

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Captain Hook wasn't born rotten. James Matthew, the future scourge of Neverland, began as an eccentric outcast. Later, he would nurture his reputation as the most notorious underclassman in the history of Eton; the only man in prep school who kept pet spiders. He craved excitement and danger; for him, no challenge was too outrageous. When he agreed to sail on a mysterious mission, he dreamed only of discovering a magical island. Before long, that simple fantasy dissolved into a nightmare.
Publishers Weekly
Swimming against the books-to-film tide, this novel from the screenwriter of Steven Spielberg's Hook attempts to explain how the captain's childhood made him the nefarious pirate he became. (It's his father's fault.) The author takes the scant details about Hook in J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan ("piercing" blue eyes, mustard-colored blood, a fondness for trends set by King Charles II) and spins them into a backstory beginning the day 15-year-old James, the illegitimate son of "Lord B," arrives at Eton. The upperclassmen, led by house captain Arthur Darling, identify him immediately as in need of comeuppance and hang him with the moniker James Matthew "Bastard." (Readers never learn James or Lord B's real last name-is the author suggesting Hook was Barrie?) A sharp student and accomplished swordsman, James relishes the notoriety. He and best friend, "Jolly Roger" Davies, become victims of vicious hazing, but perpetrators of equally nasty revenge. They triumphantly lead the underclassmen to victory against Darling's gang in a traditional Eton game, while the Queen and a visiting princess (for whom James falls) look on. James leaves Eton in a blaze of glory, but the story slogs on past this natural end. The author attempts to turn the heretofore conscienceless James into a hero when the fellow saves some Africans from a slaver's ship. The dialogue adds sparkle ("Topping swank!" is a compliment of the highest order) as do Helquist's occasional full-page black-and-white drawings, which emit an air of swashbuckling brio often missing from the text. Ages 10-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Gr 6 Up-Opening with young James's arrival at Eton and following him to the beginning of his life at sea, this is a disturbing and engaging portrait of a young villain. At school, he feuds with the young Arthur Darling and falls in love with the forbidden Sultana Ananova. After taking his revenge on Darling and pursuing Ananova, James and his friend Roger join the crew of the Sea Witch, a ragged ship with a cruel captain. When its identity as a slave ship is revealed, James sides with the slaves to earn his own name, Hook. Throughout the story, his dreams of finding a magical Neverland set the stage for his future role in Barrie's classic story. Hart, whose screenwriting credits include the movie Hook, has taken information from Barrie's Peter Pan, including his protagonist's attendance at Eton, his yellow blood, and his unusual appearance, and used it to create a character of his own. James's illegitimate status and its prominence in the story seems to be Hart's own invention, and while it provides ample motivation for James's actions, it takes away from the story's appeal to younger Peter Pan fans, who may also be confused by some aspects of British school life. This is a much darker Pan prequel than Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson's Peter and the Starcatchers (Hyperion, 2004). Helquist's illustrations add slightly to the text, but seem an attempt to appeal to "Unfortunate Events" fans. Overall, this is a detailed look both at Victorian life and what a young Hook may have been like.-Beth L. Meister, Pleasant View Elementary School, Franklin, WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In a first novel only tangentially related to the film Hook (1991), for which he wrote the screenplay, Hart casts the renowned villain as a strong-minded teenager undergoing some early formative experiences both on and off the playing fields of Eton. It's actually two tales rammed together, passing without transition from a slang-thick, Tom Brown-style school story-"Topping swank good form, scugs!"-in which young James, a lord's unacknowledged illegitimate son, repeatedly gets the better of brutal upperclassman Arthur Darling, to a brisk nautical adventure aboard the slave ship Sea Witch . Surrounded by a supporting cast of "lost men and boys" that features chubby, steadfast school chum "Jolly" Roger and a surprisingly canny Smee, James cuts a dashing, dangerous figure from first to last. He's driven to violence by pride and anger rather than malice, and left at the end with a new moniker (but both hands), a newly liberated ship with which to search for the Neverland of his dreams and a yen for immortality. A thought-provoking character portrait, though modern readers will make heavy weather of the first part's dated references and dialogue. (Fantasy. 11-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060002206
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/23/2005
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1020L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

J.V. Hart has written the screenplays for several feature films, including Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Hook, Tuck Everlasting, Contact and Muppet Treasure Island. He lives in New York with his wife. His son and daughter are both writers and directors in theater and film. Capt. Hook is his first novel. In the spirit of the Peter Pan charitable legacy, a portion of the author’s royalties will go to the Peter Pan Children’s Fund, an organization that supports children’s hospitals through philanthropy programs.

Brett Helquist's celebrated art has graced books from the charming Roger, The Jolly Pirate, to the alarming New York Times bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events, to the cozy E. B. White Read-Aloud Award finalist bedtime for bear. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.

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Capt. Hook

The Adventures of a Notorious Youth
By J. Hart

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2005 J. Hart
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060002212

Chapter One

Hook at Eton

It was his eyes. The color of blue forget-me-nots, piercing, like two novas in a sky of dying stars. Profoundly melancholy, yes. Except when James was angry, at which time two red spots appeared in them and lit them up horribly.

James stood before the Burning Bush at the Crossroads of the Eton campus. Lean and blackavised, his hair hanging in long, raven-dark curls, twisted like candles. Collegers and Oppidans in their Eton suits, consisting of long trousers, tail coats, tall stovepipe hats, and starched white collars, hurried by in all directions. A few wore brightly colored waistcoats, marking the privilege of membership in the Eton Society, or Pops, as they were called, their long tails flapping behind them as if propelling them along like fish fins. James studied their faces, all giving him the various as they passed by.

"How can God claim credit for this place? This is hardly Paradise. Hades. Bloody Hades. I hate Eton," he said.

"You were thinking maybe of Eden, Jimmy?" answered his aunt Emily. "Don't you be talking that nonsense and saying you hate it. Your father had to niffle you into this fine institution at great expense and greater risk to his reputation. You should be thankful."

James gazed at his aunt Emily and thought her beautiful. Gentlemen were forever turning to look back at her as they passed. James thought her worthy of a place in the Queen's court, worthy even to be the Queen herself.

Two upperclassmen, members of College Walk, reached out and thumped James' black curls cascading over his ears.

"And here I thought we were King's scholars, not Queen's," said one.

"If he scugs for me, he'll be bald soon enough."

Before Emily could stop him, James rapped his umbrella across the nearest Colleger's back. When the Collegers wheeled, James stood posed in the en-garde position, the tip of his umbrella in their faces like a sword. There was nothing playful about his action. His position and stance were those of a skilled swordsman. Survival was instinctive with James--that and a keen sense of good form.

"Oppidan," James corrected. "I am an Oppidan scholar. Honoris causa."

"Oh, an Oppidan and a Scholar? I've never met one of those," the lesser said.

"A little less noise there, Oppidan, when addressing your superiors." The tall Colleger with the dashing good looks directed the tip of James' umbrella toward his lesser colleague.

"Sorry, scummy-chum, but that O.S. after your name does not mean 'Oppidan Scholar.' In your case it clearly means 'Obnoxious Scug.'"

The lesser smiled with an apologetic bow to Aunt Emily, who, of course, immediately attempted to apologize for James, but he would have none of it.

"Might I have your names, as it is my first day and I want to remember everyone I meet," James asked ever so politely. The blues of his forget-me-not eyes were beginning to flash red, causing the Collegers to squirm. The lesser tried to hurry the taller one away, but he would not budge.

"Darling," the taller one replied. It was not a term of endearment but his name. "Arthur L. Darling. And yours, Oppidan? You do have a name?" James recalled the words of author Mary Shelley, the wife of the famed Eton graduate Percy B. Shelley, that his absent father had quoted in his letter informing James of his acceptance into this worthy institution: "Here were the future governors of England . . . the beings who were to carry on the vast machine of society; here were the landlord, the politician, the soldier . . . "

"James Matthew . . ." As his mouth moved to form the words of his father's name, his courage failed him. And in that split instant, the Darling boy suddenly knew to whom he was talking. Everyone had heard about Lord B's bastard son coming to Eton.

"Right, James. Well, you might have to add a 'B' to the 'O.S.' after your family name then, won't you?"

"B" for bastard? Bad form, James thought, watching Darling and his accomplice join the stream of Eton Blues.

James entertained the mental image of his umbrella passing cleanly through the Darling boy's brisket and out his backside with a perfectly executed cappo ferro thrust. The fencing master who had tutored James in the skills of the sword during his childhood would have applauded his good form. Even with an umbrella.

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  • Posted January 4, 2012

    Absolutely Amazing!

    I've read this book multiple times and I each time i find that I enjoyed it more than the last. It is beautifully written and the chracters are defidentally not "bags of bones." I am a huge fan of books that make the "bad guy" out as not to bad after all (such as Memnoch the Devil by Anne Rice and many more) Isuggest this to book to anyone and everyone.
    I also think that the song "I'm Not Okay" by My Chemical Romance sort of describes James, Roger and the rest of their underclassmen friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2010

    'someday our foes may win...but not today'

    i picked this book at the library and just couldn't put it down. i've read alot of books in my lifetime and this has been one of the best. It's different to the garbage that most teen and kids book have these days and i wish every single book was written like this. It shows Cap'n Hook as more than just a villain but as a person who has dreams and aspirations. James is an altogether interesting and amusing character. After reading this book you shall never look at Peter pan the same way again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2008

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    Good Form!

    I picked up this book out of curiosity and ending up not being able to put it down. I am 19 years old and was not expecting a children's book to thrill me like this one did; honestly I am happy to know that a book like this exists because it reestablishes my faith in young literature. Unlike the convoluted garbage present in most children's books, Hook demonstrates characters of exceptional development. While presenting situations of a fantastical nature (such as Hook's whistling spider Electra) it also progresses forwards with a strong sense of plot and a variety of realistic situations. <BR/><BR/>Hook is not simply a mindless villain cackling over the demise of those who stand in his path; he is a young man struggling to define himself amidst an extraordinary upbringing. He is intelligent but unrecognized for it because of his bastard birth; he falls in love with a Royal of high standing and is challenged by her protectors, forbidden to make contact. Retaining morals and humanity with a dark humor are all elements that make the book exceedingly charming. The only possible qualm with the prose is that it includes a lot of British slang and sailing terms that some children may not understand. Regardless, the book is an excellent read and should be approached so that children can define the difference between an antihero and a carbon-copy Disney villain.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2007

    Amazing

    This book is beautiful!!!!!! This is one of the best books that I have ever read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2007

    a villain with a heart of gold

    i got this book out of pure curiosity, but i love it. i always thought captain hook was a heartless, evil, and just plain mean, but this book proves that you cant judge a book by the cover.James really does have a heart of gold which is weird because he was always consitered the bad guy. this book is possitivly brilliant, James is an amazing charater and very entertaining. This book is extremely funny and clever, it also has a little bit of love in it 'which shocked me!'. this book shows friendship, mischief, fighting, and suprises. so if you wonder what the notorious capt. hook was like when he was young read this, you wont regret it! but this is coming from a thirteen year old so if you listen it is really your falt. :) The End..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2007

    Book

    I thought that the book was absolutely fantastic, I really couldn't put it down. Now that I'm finished with it, I am quite sad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2007

    A reviewer

    this book wasn't so great. Mostly it was a bunch of rude words and violence thrown together.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2007

    A reviewer

    Most authors only manage to give us a story about the 'good guy'. Hook is refreshingly different. It gives us an astoundingly clear view of a villain's childhood. I reccomend this to any fan of Peter Pan. As J. V. Hart does not ruin the main story, only expounds on it, you will be very satisfied. I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2007

    Captain Hook, My hero!

    I love the book! It was amazing! Topping swank!It is true what they say! Every villian has some good in them!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2006

    Meet Hook:

    Most Peter Pan based books are based on just that Peter Pan. This book deals with the notorious Captain Hook, but in a softer light. It shows the events of his life (from his father who was never there for him, to his classmates at Eton, who tormented the so-called 'bastard') and shows that his evil adulthood is not entirely his fault. When he falls in love with a foreign Sultana, many try to 'keep her safe' from him. But she returns his love, and, ever the adventurer, he forms a grand scheme which involves high-sea chases, and stealing his best (and only) friend's father's boat and re-naming it the Jolly Roger. From winning an unwinnable game, to playing pranks with a stolen spider, to standing up to the school bullies, James (or Jas. as his followers call him) will win the heart of any reader. Mr. Hart has created a world so full of fantasy and written in such a clever way readers will forget that they are reading, and only return to reality when the book comes to an end. This book is my favorite, but not for the weak of stomach. Suitable for children ages eight and up. Come, and join the thousands of people who have read this book. Come, and meet Hook.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2006

    King Chas.

    This Book Changed My Life It Also Made Me Think About The World And Life How i Should Have A Different Adventure Every Day

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2006

    all villans are good at the heart

    i loved this book I got it as a birthday present it was wonderful and adventurous and i hope there will be some form of a sequal.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2006

    The King of Eton!

    I was stuck for novels to read, and my mother found this one in the children's section. I didn't read it for a few days, but then one night I picked it up and couldn't put it down. The language is wonderfully Victorian, though I would have liked a glossary of the Eton slang in the back. I didn't think it was possible to love Hook more, but this book did it! Topping Swank, Mr. Hart!! Please write more novels for us!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2005

    just an outstanding book!!!

    This book grips you from the very beginning. As James Matthew shows his defiance of authority and becomes the hero of anyone who has ever experienced the abuses of aristocratic society and felt the sting of being judged by your class. He simply lifts you above the fact you know he will become the most murderous villian of stories to come. Must read must read must read!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2006

    A big question about Hook

    The author certainly has a command of the English vocabulary and the book is well-researched into the culture of Victorian England. But the story loses credibility when the future Captain Hook becomes an abolitionist on his royal father's slave ship. If Hook is so dedicated to evil, as is implied in the book, why would he be opposed to one of the great human evils of all time--slavery? Perhaps the author did not want to stress the quality of evil within his protagonist too strongly to his young readers, particularly a racially-charged one like black slavery.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2005

    Topping swank!!

    What a wonderful story and 'awfully big adventure'!! I enjoyed this tale of the young James Matthew and the eloquence by which it was written! The author really expanded MY vocabulary! Good form, Mr. Hart!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2005

    WOW!! This book is fantastic!!!

    I absolutely love this book! The story of hook and how he came to be is so great!!! If you like adventure books you should totally read this book!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2005

    I Was Hooked

    Hart's portrayal of Hook's youth is enthralling. His imagery is powerful and the tone leads the reader to learn Hook from the inside out. Each chapter was an adventure. However, I would question the recommended age bracket for reading, which is 9-12. There are some fairly serious themes running through this book, and many of them are highly sensitive.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2005

    Jas. Hook: A charming young lunatic

    I can hardly describe how much I love this book. I've always liked twisted fairy-tales and stories where we see the antagonist's point of view and Hart did an excellent job on this one. Classy villains are always the most intriuging characters and King Jas. is no exception. He's witty, polite, devious and insane what's not to love?

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    Posted April 23, 2011

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