The Wendy

The Wendy

by Erin Michelle Sky, Steven Brown


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London. 1789. More than anything in the world, Wendy Darling wants to be the captain of a ship, but no one believes a woman can be a navy captain. No one, that is, except Wendy Darling.

When she learns the Home Office is accepting a handful of women into its ranks, she jumps at the chance, joining the fight against the most formidable threat England has ever faced. Magic.

But the secret service isn’t exactly what she hoped. Accompanied by a reimagined cast of the original Peter Pan, Wendy soon discovers that her dreams are as far away as ever, that choosing sides isn’t as simple as she thought, and that the only man who isn’t blinded by her gender might be the worst friend anyone could ask for.

Anyone, that is, except Wendy Darling.

Praise for The Wendy, by Erin Michelle Sky & Steven Brown:

“All the markings of a classic … captivating and delightful.” — Lydia Sherrer, USA TODAY Bestselling Author of Love, Lies & Hocus Pocus

“One of This Year’s Hottest New YA Series” — Goodreads

“This is a strong retelling of Peter Pan, with an empowered female protagonist who carves her own path. Wendy’s sharp wit is truly impressive.” — School Library Journal

“From page one right up to the end, The Wendy held me enthralled.” — Readers’ Favorite

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781946137050
Publisher: Trash Dogs Media LLC
Publication date: 01/16/2018
Series: Tales of the Wendy , #1
Pages: 294
Sales rank: 931,530
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

As a child, Erin fell in love with llamas and with the books of Anne McCaffrey, whose Dragonriders of Pern series inspired her to become a writer. When she finally met Anne McCaffrey at a fantasy convention some two decades later, she wept uncontrollably throughout the entire affair. She does significantly better with llamas.

She and co-author Steven Brown are known together as Dragon Authors, writing science fiction and fantasy novels for teens and adults. You can find them at

Steven spent his childhood reading anything he could get his hands on, sharing his favorite stories with his younger brothers and then acting them out, especially if this required sword fighting on horseback. When they ran out of books, he wrote his own, including his brothers as the main characters by sketching original illustrations on magazine clippings.

He and co-author Erin Michelle Sky are known together as Dragon Authors, writing science fiction and fantasy novels for teens and adults. You can find them at

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The Wendy 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was looking for a light-hearted mystery I could read in one day. This book hit the spot and I enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing tale remade from an old classic. I have to say that I love this version much more then the original Peter pan stories and honestly can't wait to see how it continues. The excitement and joy that is conved keeps you turning with eery page, and the need feels like it comes too soon. It will leave you wanting to see how the adventure ends and if it will be a happy or bloody ending.
Pasciuti More than 1 year ago
From the year of 1902 when Peter Pan first appeared in literature to the year we find ourselves in now, the tale of the boy who would never grow up has been told in more ways than I could count. As an avid lover of Peter Pan and all things involved in his beautiful world, it is exceedingly rare that I find adaptations that irrevocably rearrange my feelings for it. At the risk of stating something potentially blasphemous, I have come to the conclusion that The Wendy, by Erin Michelle Sky and Steven Brown, surpasses them all. I was excited to read The Wendy from the moment it fell under my radar a mere nine days ago. Quickly, I decided it was the one book from 2018 that I knew I needed to read. I've read numerous retellings relating in one way or another to Peter and the characters surrounding him. I have fallen in love with reiteration after reiteration from the time I was four years old, devouring all I could about the realm of Neverland and the boy, Peter, who managed to inspire in me a feeling little else has. I've critiqued and judged and enjoyed and recommended. The Wendy, by far, is my favorite and it is all due to Wendy, herself. Our heroine begins her story, a young girl of ten, with a dream. In a world where women are looked down upon and shoved into the cookie cutter expectations of their gender by men who could not possibly even begin to understand the sheer strength and character a woman has, Wendy perseveres. The degree of respect Wendy both earns and demands as she develops throughout the novel is truly inspiring. She shows strength, wit, determination, and fight that never once leaves her. At every turn she takes her society's preconceived opinion of her and turns it on its head. There is no question in my mind to the fact that Wendy outshines every other character in this novel. And the best thing about this is that the other characters are exceptional. They are weaved into the story with the perfect mix of originality and similarity, paying homage to Barrie's story in the best way possible. The introduction of each character is done brilliantly, from the perfectly captured persona of Peter himself to the endearingly villainous James Hook and even further to John, Michael, and Nana whom were all so perfect I wasn't even aware that I needed to read their characters this way until I did. They all felt real and full of depth, even and especially those who weren't a part of the original tale. And it is here I must admit my love for Olaudah Equiano (or Gustavo's Vassa) and implore everyone to read the Acknowledgements once they've reached the end of this chapter in Wendy Darling's tale. Not only is it enlightening, but it is heart warming and quite respectable on the part of the authors. I was thoroughly pleased and excited about it. Beneath all of these beautifully developed and amazing characters is a plot more engaging than most. Anyone who knows the tale of Peter Pan would expect that they know where the story is headed at one point or another and I am pleased to report that Sky and Brown keep us on our toes in the most exciting of ways. Wendy thrives in the events of her story, making decisions most unexpected and impressive. I wouldn't have had it any other way. So, now that I have thoroughly expressed my adoration for what is sure to be the best novel I read all year, my end advice is that everyone immediately go procure a copy for themselves. Believe me, The Wendy is well worth the read.
Cyn_Ayala23 3 months ago
What a marvelous retelling of Peter Pan. The most extraordinary thing about this novel was the tone and voice of the novel. The third-person omniscient voice had such a beautiful tone, filled with nostalgia and warmth that it fills the reader with joy. It was so reminiscent of JM Barrie’s classic work and even captured some of the levity found in the movies. The tone works so well with the pacing of the novel to grab and captivate the reader. It is not a very fast-paced novel as it focuses on building up the new origins of Wendy Darling and the world she is in, so that tone is essential for the storytelling to keep the reader engaged. As far as character development goes, Wendy was exceptional. The author was able to capture Barrie’s essence of Wendy, that mature seriousness as well as that love of adventure that makes her such a great character. Wendy faces many hurdles in this novel, and everything together pushes her. As a woman, her dreams seem unattainable, and yet nothing breaks her spirit. Oh, the cleverness of these authors to make Wendy oh so very clever, it makes her such a joy to read and follow on this adventure. The way the authors also thought to bring in the other characters was quite ingenious. They fit into the story perfectly and balance each other out quite well. From Hook to John and Michael to Peter and Tinker Bell, these characters were developed so well and balance each other out wonderfully. There is such fun and powerful imagination that went into constructing and adapting these characters to this novel. The Wendy is a steadily paced novel with such a wonderful atmosphere to it as well as great character dynamics.
EmilieSG 4 months ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As a take on the Peter Pan story, it was different and refreshing. I loved Wendy, her determination and resolve to not let her gender determine her way in life. The way the authors wrote about Wendy and her friends, like Michael, John, and Nanna were humorous and yet realistic, and I could not put the book down. Captain Hook was even a bit of an enigma and very interesting. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys YA, Adventure, Fantasy, and classic retellings. I cannot wait to continue the series.
Anonymous 5 months ago
You can tell right away that some serious thought and planning went into the writing of this fantastical series, and I do hope it continues through several more books! Not to give too much away, I love how the authors have woven together certain tidbits from a, shall we say, a "related story", creating a whole new fantasy world with totally believable characters! The Wendy is one of those books that catches your interest right from the start and never lets go! I highly reccomend this book to everyone who enjoys a great, well written story. Enjoy!!!
xxjenadanxx 7 months ago
I FRICKIN LOVED THIS BOOK. This is the best kind of fairytale retelling - the kind that takes everything you thought you knew and turns it on its head. Everyone you know and love (or loathe) is accounted for, but that is where the familiarity ends. In 1700s London orphan Wendy Darling is frustrated by the lack of opportunity for women outside of domestication. At sixteen the chance she has been waiting for finally arises and she enlists to defend England against the greatest threat of all, magic. Along with her brothers in arms John and Michael, and her faithful companion dog Nana, she is tasked with being a lookout for the Everlost, who come to England to steal sheep and children in order to drink their blood. When the Everlost show up at their post at the Cliffs of Dover Wendy finds herself engaged in a battle of wits and words with the leader of the group, a striking winged man who introduces himself as Peter Pan. When Peter and his boys leave Wendy immediately files a report that is taken to the head of the Royal Navy himself Captain James Hook, who is determined to find where the Everlost come from and destroy them all.
Jantine 7 months ago
I grew up with the Disney-version of Peter Pan. This retelling is much different, off course. I love how it used several things I knew. I cannot say if it took many things from the original, because I never read it - mental note, read Peter Pan! The angle of women's rights and misoginy was a pretty awesome one!
JenLaRowe 9 months ago
The Wendy was a fun and exciting reimagining of the Peter Pan many have grown up with. Wendy is portraying as a strong, ambitious, independent young woman with lofty goals. She will do anything she can to achieve her goals and the supporting characters are familiar from the original Peter Pan. I highly recommend this to adult and YA readers who are ready to absorb an adventurous journey that is a fast read that will leave you wanting more. 4.5 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was better than the original, Thanks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The beginning was great, especially the introduction of Pan. However, I would have liked some more originality rather than sticking right by the story that we already know. Personally, I thought Pan was a little too childish to be considered a love interest. The style of story telling, while different, was overall good. It didn't create a chasm between the readers and the characters as sometimes happens. The wings were very appreciated. Most notable, was that I had some moments when I was making exclamations out loud, as I sincerely enjoyed the book. The main reason I didn't give this book was the last third or so of the book. Things were supposed to be at a climax but it still felt slow. The ending was good, but I wanted a bit more deviation from the tale we already know.