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by Wendy Spinale

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London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived are children, among them Gwen Darling and her siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the ruthless Marauders -- the German army led by Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer.
Unsure if the virus has spread past England's borders


London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived are children, among them Gwen Darling and her siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the ruthless Marauders -- the German army led by Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer.
Unsure if the virus has spread past England's borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook hunts for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the survivors. He and his Marauders stalk the streets snatching children for experimentation. None ever return. Until the day they grab Joanna. As Gwen sets out to save her, she meets a daredevil boy named Pete. Pete offers the assistance of his gang of Lost Boys and the fierce sharpshooter Bella, who have all been living in a city hidden underground. But in a place where help has a steep price and every promise is bound by blood, it will cost Gwen. And are she, Pete, the Lost Boys, and Bella enough to outsmart Captain Hook?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 03/07/2016
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)
VOYA, April 2016 (Vol. 39, No. 1) - Linsey Milillo
Everland is a steampunk-fueled dystopian twist on Peter Pan. London is a ruin of bombed buildings. After the spread of a virus, the only ones to survive are children; however, even they are not immune. Gwen Darling cares for siblings Mikey and Joanna, spending her nights scavenging for supplies and days hiding from the Marauders, German pirate soldiers led by Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer, aka Captain Hook. The captain, desperate to find a cure, scours the city snatching children for experimentation and the one girl rumored to be immune. When Joanna is kidnapped, Gwen will stop at nothing to save her, even joining forces with mysterious and charismatic Pete, leader of the Lost Boys. The novel is a fun and unique addition to the twisted fairy-tale genre, loaded with adventure, romance, and double crossing. The characters are sassy and charismatic adaptations of beloved favorites, with Spinale adding equally mesmerizing backstories leaving readers wanting more. Criticisms include that some characters come across as too emotional and impulsive and the chemistry between Pete and Gwen feels a tad rushed. Another drawback is the rushed pacing, which prevents characters from having the time to develop and build quality relationships. Overall, Everland is a compelling adventure. Spinale’s novel is a creative and action-packed reimagining of a classic, and despite some flaws in pacing, plot, and characterization, it will hold mass appeal for fans of similar novels. Reviewer: Linsey Milillo; Ages 12 to 18.
Children's Literature - Elizabeth Swartz
What might be next for civilization? Many novels delve into how humans might treat one another in various possible futures. Often, one group of people tries to overpower all the rest. Usually, the children prove to be both the most resilient and the most trustworthy. These common characteristics are combined here in a survivalist adventure with a steampunk twist. After London has been destroyed by bombs and disease, only the children and a few of the attackers survive. All have been exposed to a deadly virus and have only a short time to find a cure. For some unknown reason, most of the girls have already died from the virus. The remaining children, known as the, "Lost Boys," are hiding under the city and struggling to survive with whatever few resources their scavengers are able to find. Among the children is the sixteen-year-old main character, Gwen. Amazingly, she is immune to the virus. As the story unfolds, her immunity comes to make sense, putting in a plug for the importance of preparedness and vaccination. Both treason and loyalty play big roles in this survival story. Young adult readers will recognize the difficulties in deciding who to trust when thrown into a peer-run society under the city. While the story is plausible and entertaining, it is a slow read, seemingly more of a middle grade level than young adult. The main characters seem to be much younger than their stated mid-teens. The lack of time is often mentioned, in that the cure must be found, but the story gets stalled by repetitive dialogue and repeated familial emotions. This is not highly recommended for school libraries as the market provides better choices. Reviewer: Elizabeth Swartz; Ages 12 up.
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up—The story of Peter Pan (Pete), Wendy (Gwen), and the Lost Boys is reimagined as a steampunk fantasy. Hook (aka Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer), the son of Katherina, the power-hungry "Bloodred Queen" of Germany, is captain of an army of Marauders. Equipped with eight-legged steam crawlers and zeppelins (including the Jolly Roger), they capture London (now called Everland) and reduce it to rubble. Hook's Buckingham Palace headquarters is the only building left in reasonably good condition. Even worse, the German bombs have destroyed Europe's largest biological weapons lab, releasing the deadly Horologia Virus, killing nearly everyone over the age of 18. Gwen and her two siblings, moving from one destroyed home to another in London's outskirts, are discovered by Pete and Bella (a petite girl wearing mechanical wings) and taken to live underground among the Lost Boys. Chapters alternately narrated by Gwen and Hook describe the action from both sides. Hook hears that one of the girls is immune to the virus and makes a plan to capture her; Pete, Gwen, and the Lost Boys must save them. Intertwined with the plot is Hook's desire to earn his evil mother's love. The story becomes somewhat melodramatic as the ending looms. Peter, Gwen, and the Boys try to escape from the Marauders; there's a bit of a love story as well. A girl named Lily, Smee (here called Smeeth), and crocodiles all make appearances. VERDICT Tweens and teens who delighted in the original Barrie or Disney versions when younger might find this more sophisticated, pseudohistorical twist an interesting read.—Susan Scheps, formerly at Shaker Public Library, OH
Kirkus Reviews
With London crippled by bombings and a deadly disease outbreak, Gwen Darling and her siblings, Joanna and Mikey, are bent on just surviving until they find a way out. Besides the demolished state of their home, they face serious obstacles, the loss of their parents and the city's other adults being just one. They must also evade Capt. Hans Otto Oswald Kretschmer—Hook for short. Hook and his army of Marauders go about snatching up the bombings' survivors for experimentation for a cure for the Horologia virus. Those taken by Hook never return. One day they snatch Joanna, and in Gwen's quest to rescue her sister, she joins forces with a fearless boy named Pete and his equally bold friend, Bella. The question then becomes: will this team, together with the Lost Boys, be enough to outsmart and outrun Hook and his German army and rescue Joanna without putting any other lives at risk? This reimagining of Peter Pan tries too hard to hold on to key elements of its inspiration to succeed on its own, and the hand of the author is sadly evident. Repetitive conversations unnecessarily lengthen the story, and the romantic subplot seems clumsily tacked on. The characters are fickle and impulsive in ways that feel designed to ensure that readers never forget that they are children. With predictable plot twists, this story is unoriginal in ways that have nothing to do with the fact that it retells a classic. (Urban fantasy. 14-18)
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Praise for Everland
"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." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A fun and unique addition to the twisted fairy-tale genre, loaded with adventure, romance, and double crossing." --VOYA

"Peter Pan goes steampunk in this debut, which twists the familiar tale into a survival story complete with well-drawn characters, a blistering plot, and plenty of adventure. . . . Fans of Scott Westerfeld and A. G. Howard will clamor for more from this author." --Booklist

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Scholastic, Inc.
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5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.20(d)
730L (what's this?)
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12 Years


Meet the Author

Wendy Spinale is a former character actor for the Disneyland theme park (so she’s very familiar with the world of make believe). Everland is her debut novel.

Wendy lives with her family in the San Fransico Bay Area.

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Everland 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous 8 months ago
The book was so good and was kindof like a modern peter pan it also had a great plot and plot twist
Anonymous 18 days ago
I liked what I COULD read but I have lines going vertically down making it unreadable please fix ASAP I really want to read this book!
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Anonymous 5 months ago
My eyes are swelling with tears as I type this. Please forgive me if it sounds weird. Think Steampunk and Peter Pan! Awesome, right? No, freaking amazing!!! Wendy wrote this book in the most phenomenal way possible. We are first introduced to Gwen. She is a fifteen year old girl trying to take care of her younger sister and brother during a horrible war. She has to scavage around a broken city, while hiding from the Marauders. The Marauders are soldiers in Hook's army. You read that correctly, the Captain Hook. Hook is trying to capture all the girls to find the immune. When Hook and his army bombed London they released a deadly virus. That virus killed off most of the city, mostly adults though. When Gwen's sister is taken by Hook's men, Pete arrives to help her, and he little brother. This is when the adventure of a lifetime begins! There is a twist, and quite a few surprises. You will not see them coming!! Please go out and buy this book. You will not be disappointed. If you happen to love books as much as I do, then you may already have it in your "to be read" pile! Wendy, you are an absolutely fantastic author. I cannot wait to read the second book. I love strong female leads, and Gwen is now one of my favorites! I loved the book so much. Thank you!
terferj More than 1 year ago
Oh this was good. I really like the twist on the classic Peter Pan story. At first I was a little thrown that the story switched between Gwen and Hook. But it made the story that much better. With Gwen’s pov, you see how she has dealt with growing up far faster than she is supposed to, her goal to find her sister, trusting and becoming part of a group of kids surviving, outsmarting the bad guys, and doing what’s right. With Hook, you see how he became the way he is. He may be ruthless but also tenderhearted (it’s very small but it’s there!). I really like the Pete, Bella, and the lost kids too. What a fabulous group of people. For a bunch of kids maintaining and keeping alive a city of kids is amazing. I found this to a fast paced book with in the background romance (yay!). It has such beautiful descriptions and I’m jealous of Bella’s wings. I want a pair! Can’t wait for the next book.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
London is in ruins, blitzed by German bombs and riddled with deadly disease. The Horologia virus never spares anyone for long. Gwen has managed to survive but supplies are running out and it's becoming harder to hide herself and her younger siblings, Joanna and Mikey, from the enemy soldiers, known as Marauders, who are occupying the city. Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer--Hook--leads the Marauders and scours the city for a cure to the Horologia virus. The Marauders abduct children for experiments but none have returned. When Joanna is taken, Gwen is desperate to get her back. Ill-prepared for a rescue mission on her own, Gwen is soon taken in by Pete, a reckless boy who leads a gang of Lost Boys hidden in London's underground tunnels. With help from Pete and his sidekick Bella, Gwen hopes she can save her sister before time runs out in Everland (2016) by Wendy Spinale. Everland is Spinale's debut novel and the start of a new series. If you haven't guessed yet, Everland is a steampunk retelling of Peter Pan. Spinale blends a gritty, wartorn London with steam-powered technology in this action-packed tale. Limited world building helps explain the bare bones of the story including the motives behind Germany's invasion and Hook's role in it. However less immediate details are absent making this novel feel strangely timeless and lacking a sense of place despite Spinale's detailed descriptions. This novel is narrated by Gwen with chapters from Hook interspersed throughout. Gwen's narration is sharp and brisk as she struggles to keep herself and her siblings safe. Hook's narration is strikingly similar though darker in tone. Although Gwen is around sixteen, she reads much younger. The novel itself is peppered with predictable plot twists and heavy handed foreshadowing although fast-paced action helps to distract from these issues. Readers approaching this novel as a retelling will enjoy seeing the ways Spinale reinvents familiar events and characters from the original text including clever steampunk elements. Unfortunately, in staying so close to the source material, this novel often misses opportunities to push a familiar story into truly new directions. Everland will appeal most to readers with a strong fondness for the original Peter Pan as well as steampunk fans. Possible Pairings: Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson, Incarceron by Catherine Fisher, Winterspell by Claire Legrand, Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell, Airborn by Kenneth Oppel, Never, Never by Brianna Shrum, Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book for teen or adult.