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Hook's Revenge (Hook's Revenge Series #1)
     

Hook's Revenge (Hook's Revenge Series #1)

4.9 10
by Heidi Schulz, John Hendrix (Illustrator)
 

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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

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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?

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
★ 08/01/2014
Gr 4–7—Feisty 12-year-old Jocelyn Hook, the estranged daughter of Captain James Hook, longs for a pirate's life at sea, but instead she's faced with finishing school, hairbrushes, and corsets. When a letter from her father arrives, foretelling his demise by the crocodile responsible for the loss of his hand, Jocelyn is eager to set out for the Neverland to avenge her father's death. Once there, she faces pirates, mermaids, cannibals, fairies, the Lost Boys, Peter Pan, and, ultimately, the dreaded crocodile. Through it all, Jocelyn learns to face her fears, believe in herself, and realize that she's more than just a girl. Schulz's debut novel is a rollicking page-turner that's more than just an action-packed adventure. Filled with humor and pathos, Schulz has crafted a warm and humorous tale of a young girl who yearns to know the parents she's never met. Jocelyn is smart, quick-witted, and stubbornly loyal, and she proves to be a worthy adversary to all her foes, especially the arrogant Peter Pan, who insists she needs rescuing. Richly developed secondary characters, especially the emotional Mr. Smee and Jocelyn's dearest friend Roger, populate the story, and the evocative language moves beyond simple description and engages the audience's imagination. Most notable, however, is the wickedly funny narrator who doesn't hesitate to add his amusing commentary and pointed dislike for the audience to the narrative. Whether a fan of J.M. Barrie's classic tale or new to Neverland, readers will be clamoring for more from this enchanting world.—Audrey Sumser, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Mayfield, OH
Kirkus Reviews
2014-07-15
The daughter of a famous pirate hopes to sail the high seas, but first she must survive finishing school. Twelve-year-old Jocelyn Hook prefers sword fighting, bawdy sea shanties and spitting over embroidery, hygiene and ladylike decorum. But then, as the daughter of one of the most feared pirates ever, Capt. Hook, her proclivity for dangerous, raucous behavior is to be expected. Quick thinking and her new friend, Roger, make finishing school bearable. But when Roger disappears and the headmistress reveals her big plan for sealing Jocelyn's position in high society, everything falls apart. Jocelyn's life takes an unexpected turn when Edgar Allan, a giant messenger raven, arrives bearing a letter from her father. She must travel to Neverland, acquire a ship and crew, and avenge her father's death by killing the crocodile. The world of Peter Pan, Mr. Smee and the lost boys is turned on its head with Jocelyn's arrival. Unfortunately, this potentially exciting treatment of the familiar tale is forced and uneven. While Jocelyn is spunky, flawed and endearing, the supporting characters are flat and uninteresting. However, there are bright spots. Jocelyn uses her wit and manners to defeat bloodthirsty cannibals, angry fairies and her own fears. An incompletely satisfying return to Neverland. (Fantasy. 8-12)
From the Publisher
* "Whether a fan of J.M. Barrie's classic tale or new to Neverland, readers will be clamoring for more from this enchanting world."—School Library Journal, starred review

"Featuring a lively, colorful cast, and a droll narration with snarky asides by an anonymous, self-proclaimed pirate authority, this entertaining take on the Peter Pan story neatly blends action-adventure and comical and heartfelt moments."—Booklist

* "Readers will delight both the story and the storytelling."—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423198673
Publisher:
Disney-Hyperion
Publication date:
09/16/2014
Series:
Hook's Revenge Series , #1
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,357,611
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Heidi Schulz is a writer, reader, and giraffe suspicioner. She lives in Salem, Oregon with her husband, co-captaining a crew made of their teen daughter, a terrible little dog, and five irascible chickens. This is her debut novel. Visit her website at HeidiSchulzBooks.com or follow her on Twitter @HeidiSchulz.

John Hendrix loves to draw. In fact, he's drawing right now in St. Louis, Missouri. He lives there with his wife and two children, and teaches at Washington University. His drawings have been featured in numerous publications, and he is the illustrator of many acclaimed children's books. Visit John online at johnhendrix.com and follow him on Twitter at @hendrixart.

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Hook's Revenge 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a mid-thirties male, I'm am arguably not the target audience for this book.  However, from the moment I picked it up, I was drawn to its pages and finished it in two healthy sized sittings.  Heidi Schulz does an excellent job of weaving a clever plot line, interesting characters, and witty dialogue into a the familiar world of Captain Hook (and Peter Pan I suppose).  The story is for both young and old who enjoy swashbuckling repartee.  I highly recommend this for middle grade readers, and wish I had found this as a kid.  Can't wait for the sequel!
LGalveston More than 1 year ago
There's a reason this has a starred SLJ review-well, actually several reasons. It's hilariously narrated by a crusty pirate who hurls insults at the reader with laugh-out-loud finesse. The heroine, Captain Hook's daughter, Jocelyn, is chock full of bravery, spunk, and even tenderness at times. And it truly is HER story, even though their are pirates and Neverlanders aplenty. This book is a 100% rollicking good time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Neverland stories are some of my favorite. The movie Hook, was one of my favorite movies growing up. Hook's Revenge is a great addition to the Neverland saga. I am always on the lookout for new books to share with my students, many have told me how much they are enjoying reading it.
wscalfaro More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this spin-off of the familiar Peter Pan story. Jocelyn Hook is a feisty, funny, and strong character. She doesn't fully realize just how strong she is, or what is holding her back from achieving her goal, until the climax. A great book for middle grade kids, as a read-aloud or a read-alone. I'm looking forward to the sequel. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
fairies, and her own emotions. Join Jocelyn on a written journey you will never forget.
vleighwrites More than 1 year ago
I'm so glad I read this book. Heidi weaved together the classic Peter Pan/Captain Hook tale we know with one through the eyes of a thirteen-year-old girl, Jocelyn. Yet, it's not her voice we read through--we hear Jocelyn's story through the voice of an anonymous pirate. It was a unique POV that took me a second to catch on to, but by chapter three, I was hooked. (Haha, get it? That pun actually wasn't intended.) The story is very fast-paced, and at one point I did feel a little overwhelmed by all that was happening, but by the time I reached the end, Heidi wrapped up the story so well that I finished it with a smile on my face. I can't wait to read more of Schulz's work!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First, kiss your hand. Second, post this on three different books. Last, look under your pillow. (I don't guarantee this will work.)
weetara More than 1 year ago
What an absolutely delightful book! With biting humor throughout (I kind of want to marry that narrator), a beautifully-imagined Neverland, a terrific feminist twist on the Peter Pan story, and a very cleverly-turned plot, this book is just a gem from start to finish. Highly recommended, and I am hotly anticipating the sequel!
Novel_Novice More than 1 year ago
Peter Pan is kind of a jerk, and there’s no one better to let you know why than Jocelyn Hook, the daring (and, let’s admit it, much more kind-hearted) daughter of none other can Captain Hook. Her saga of surviving (and escaping) finishing school, and her quest to avenge her father’s death against the Neverland’s tick-tocking crocodile make up the rollicking adventure, Hook’s Revenge by Heidi Schulz. Schulz has captured all the joy and magic of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan story, and reconfigured Neverland for an all new set of adventures through Jocelyn. Schulz writes with a witty tone, her cantankerous narrator imbuing the story periodically with even more color and humor — as Jocelyn navigates the trials and tribulations of finishing school, pirating, and revenge. There is much to say about Hook’s Revenge, but I’ll start with this: it’s a delightful story, filled with charm and wit, endearing characters, imaginative plot twists, and plenty of humor. Schulz’s charming storm is lovingly enhanced by John Hendrix’s wonderful illustrations — each one filled with action, emotions, life, and all the tiny details that bring moments from the text to life. Hook’s Revenge is simply a delight to read. Funny and charming and magical — everything a book should be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so much fun! There was a laugh-out-loud scene on almost every page. The narrator's voice was witty and snarky and was the perfect complement to this wonderful new tale from Neverland. The main character, Jocelyn Hook (yes, that's Captain Hook's daughter) was spunky and strong, with enough tenderness to make her absolutely lovable. I can't wait for the second book!