Fresh off a fearsome encounter with the Neverland crocodile, Jocelyn Hook decides the most practical plan is to hunt down her father's famous fortune. After all, she'll need the gold to fund her adventuring in the future. (And luckily, Hook left her the map.)
But the map proves to be a bit harder to crack than Jocelyn had hoped, and she's convinced that the horrible Peter Pan might be the only one with the answers. Of course, he doesn't really feel like helping her, so Jocelyn takes the only reasonable course of action left to her: she kidnaps his mother. Evie, though, is absolutely thrilled to be taken prisoner, so Jocelyn's daring ploy doesn't have quite the effect she'd planned for.
Along with the problem of her all-too-willing captive, Jocelyn must also contend with Captain Krueger, whose general policy is that no deed is too dastardly when it comes to stealing Hook's treasure. And with the ever-shifting Whens of the Neverland working against her as well, Jocelyn, Evie, Roger, and the rest of the Hook's Revenge crew have their work cut out for them.
In this rambunctious showdown between characters new and old, Jocelyn puts her own brand of pirating to the test in a quest to save her future and those she loves.
Praise for Hook's Revenge
New York Times best-seller
"A deliciously witty, delightfully inventive, devilishly fun adventure."
-Anne Ursu, Longlisted for the National Book Award for The Real Boy
* "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
* "Readers will delight both the story and the storytelling."
-Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, 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."
Praise for The Pirate Code
"An imaginative adventure filled with humor and heart."
"[T]his delightful sequel successfully interweaves adventure, suspense, Peter Pan stories, pirate lore, humor, and heart."
"Here's a book that's funny and ferocious; an adventure with a heart of gold buried deep in its chest, told by one of the great unreliable narratorsunreliable in the sense that you wouldn't want to ask him to watch your bike."
Adam Rex, New York Times best-selling author
About the Author
Heidi Schulz is a writer, reader, giraffe suspicioner, and the New York Times best-selling author of Hook's Revenge. She lives in Salem, Oregon with her husband, co-captaining a crew made up of their teen daughter, a terrible little dog, and five irascible chickens. 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 author and illustrator of many acclaimed children's books. Visit John online at johnhendrix.com and follow him on Twitter at @hendrixart.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I'll admit right from the start that I was really disappointed when the rights to J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan finally expired and suddenly there were a lot (in my opinion) of books set in the Pan universe. There are some stories that lend themselves to further adventures with additional characters and there are other stories that should probably just remain 'sacred' and left alone. So why did I request and read this book? The Disney company certainly has a stake in maintaining the Pan series and 'doing it right' since their animated film remains pretty iconic, so if I was going to read any new Pan story, going through Disney publishing seemed the safest route. In The Pirate Code (which is the second book in the Hook's Revenge series by Heidi Schulz), the story revolves around Jocelyn Hook, the daughter of the (in)famous Captain Hook who squared off against Peter Pan. She has taken after her father and commands her own the crew pirates (including Smee and Starkey). She decides to search for her father's fortune, which should be pretty easy since he left her a map, but Jocelyn discovers that being a pirate commander is challenging work (which includes fighting off other pirates), and that just because she has a map doesn't mean understanding and following it will be easy. I liked that this story wasn't about Peter Pan or Wendy or any of the 'obvious' heroes from Barrie's story, but that we could still recognize Neverland through some of the locations, situations, and supporting characters. This definitely made the read more enjoyable for me. It is, of course, a little bit brilliant to feature a young girl in a strong role. The Peter Pan tale will bring in a number of readers, likely many of them young boys, but the strong girl will hopefully bring new readers into Neverland. And I also liked the character of Jocelyn. Strong, driven, but young and flawed. She's nothing like her buffoonish father, and she's a lot like him at the same time. What I didn't care for was that this was set in Neverland at all. Really, there's nothing here that couldn't have been set in its own unique world. But we're clearly trying to draw on the Peter Pan/Neverland names. I'm also not a fan of romanticizing villains in children's literature. Pirates are not cute and clumsy characters and we do a disservice to paint them as such. While I enjoyed the character of Jocelyn (despite being a pirate), I felt the book lacked a tight focus. The narrative asides really took me out of the story rather than making things clearer. All things considered, this was a pretty average read. Hard to recommend but just as hard to dissuade anyone from reading it. Looking for a good book? Hook's Revenge: The Pirate Code by Heidi Schulz is a book set in Neverland but featuring the daughter of Captain Hook, now commanding her own pirate crew. The development of a strong female in a known setting makes this exciting, but the telling of the story doesn't always live up to that excitement. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
I could never do the narrator justice in an attempt to imitate his biting wit and droll humor in writing this review--he said so himself. So I'll simply say this book is SO. MUCH. FUN. The humor and one-liners and fantastical details of Neverland are just as good (dare I say, better?) as in HOOK'S REVENGE. And, as in the previous book, this one is full of heart as well. The girl characters are fantastic--fun, powerful, smart, and generally full of awesome. And Jocelyn's friendship with new girl Evie...no spoilers but have a handkerchief ready (or, more likely, your sleeve, you scalliwags). Plus, TREASURE! I know I need say no more, but I will because I can. I
I loved Hook’s Revenge and when I finally saw the sequel, I knew I had to read it. The Pirate Code was an awesome sequel to an already great series and I loved every minute of it. Jocelyn Hook and her crew are back for one more adventure, to find Captain Hook’s treasure. Through friend and foe, they will stop at nothing to get the treasure back. But so won’t Krueger, a gold-hungry pirate that has already crossed paths with Jocelyn. The young captain must fight old enemies and perhaps new ones to truly find the treasure she’s after. The plot in The Pirate Code continued from the plot in the first book, which was nice. I enjoyed every minute of it and the narration style, once again, was just freaking amazing. The narrator seems to be an old and very grumpy pirate and throughout the novel he yells at the reader, as if they are children (which they should be). I really liked the writing and the plot and gahh, it was so good! I liked the themes that continued on from the first book. In The Pirate Code, Jocelyn will also discover what it means to be a good friend and what sacrifices it would take to find true treasure. I liked all the characters, especially the new characters. I loved every single on of them and if I had my own crew, I would definitely fight Jocelyn for them! Overall, The Pirate Code is a great sequel to an already awesome series and I highly recommend it for readers both young and old!
What a fun book. I did not read the first book in this series and I will have to go back and do that to get all the background. Jocelyn is the daughter of Captain Hook and she is looking for his long lost treasure. With her pirate crew of mismatched men, her friend and her fairy they need to find a way to read the map. Unfortunately, Captain Kreuger is also after the treasure and will stop at nothing to find it. Her new friend, Evie, who she captured from Peter Pan and her meeting with Tiger Lily show that Pirates and adventurers are not just males. Lots of twists and turns in the story. I think I enjoyed this story as much as or more than a middle grade student would. If I was recommending this to students, I would definitely recommend that they read the first one in the series, Hook's Revenge before this one. A few illustrations throughout that would appeal to kids. Thanks to Netgalley and Disney-Hyperion for the opportunity to read and review this book.