For almost 40 years, blonde, immortal, human child–size fairy Tinker Bell has lived in Upstate New York, her wings destroyed. Numbing herself with alcohol, Tink spends her days at the Darling estate dreaming of Neverland and tending to the graves of Peter Pan and Wendy Darling. When Wendy’s teenage granddaughter Hope unexpectedly appears, Tink gradually reveals the magical, tragic history of her and Peter’s time with the Darlings, starting with their initial foray from Neverland and continuing with Peter’s forbidden fascination with the human world—and Wendy in particular. As the dual-timeline story unfolds, present-day Tink and Hope must work through their individual issues as past Tink tries to get Peter to return to Neverland, and finds herself juggling her love for the eternal boy with an attraction toward Wendy, even though she knows the doomed love triangle can’t end well. Interspersing entries from a magical history of Neverland, Jacobson (The Troublemakers) offers a haunting, dreamlike reinterpretation of Peter Pan with a queer, contemporary cast that reads as white, retaining some of the original story’s whimsy while rooting the emotional components in grief, trauma, and recovery. Ages 15–up. (Oct.)
This atmospheric reimaging is rife with divided loyalties and harsh tragedies. Introspective and character-driven, it retains the misty, fairy-tale feel of impossible things and childhood yearning . . . Jacobson shines in thoughtfully rendering the classic characters as well-rounded, complex, and flawed individuals.” —School Library Journal
“A character-driven reimagining of Peter Pan . . . a queer, introspective retelling.” —Kirkus Reviews
A modern tale that completely reinvents the characters, Tink and Wendy is both beautiful and heartbreaking all in one.” —The Southern Bookseller Review
“Tink and Wendy is a masterful reinvention of the classic. Full of teenage angst and yearning, it is poignant, relatable, and full of contemporary appeal.” —Foreword Reviews
"Jacobson (The Troublemakers) offers a haunting, dreamlike reinterpretation of Peter Pan with a queer, contemporary cast . . . retaining some of the original story’s whimsy while rooting the emotional components in grief, trauma, and recovery.” —Publishers Weekly
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“In Tink and Wendy, Kelly Ann Jacobson asks what it would have been like if Tinker Bell were in love with both Wendy and Peter Pan. After Wendy and Peter’s granddaughter Hope Darling finds Tinker Bell tending to the graves of her lost friends, Hope wins the fairy’s trust and learns the truth of a love triangle gone wrong.” —Lambda Literary
“If you love Peter Pan retellings, queer retellings, and books with lots of heart then I definitely recommend Tink and Wendy! It’s only a little book but it has a lot to enjoy inside those pages.” —Books for a Delicate Eternity “Made me feel the same way I felt when I was little reading the original Peter Pan stories, that sense of something magical, just right out of your reach. Like magic was really possible. . . . 5 stars, more if it was possible.” —My Cat Reads and Reviews
"Tink and Wendy isn't simply a brilliant, queer revision; it’s Peter Pan as I wish it had always been. Readers will adore Tink’s candor and her journey through grief, devotion, and redemption ... Tink and Wendy joins the ranks of Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi, The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood, and The Color Master: Stories by Aimee Bender and will become the classic that replaces the classic.” —Melissa Scholes Young, author, The Hive and Flood
“Queer readers such as myself who spent their childhoods escaping into the fantastical worlds of Oz and Neverland will delight in Kelly Ann Jacobson's Tink and Wendy. Witty, gritty, and magical, Tink and Wendy is an homage to J.M. Barrie's imagination even as it flips his script. News flash: It's not all about the boys anymore!" —Julia Watts, author, Quiver
“Headstrong, clever, and haunted by her past, Jacobson’s Tink is the Jessica Jones of Neverland. But make no mistake, this Tink is very much her own unique character, navigating complex relationships with Peter and Wendy. Tink and Wendy is a delight for fans of Peter Pan, but easily has the richness and heart to stand on its own.” Tara Campbell, author, Cabinet of Wrath: A Doll Collection
“Jacobson’s Tink and Wendy offers the retelling I’ve always dreamed of—one that masterfully builds layers upon layers, at long last, to these two complex characters, each on the opposite end of the same coin, while staying true to the recognizable characteristics of Barrie’s original. A formidable and necessary addition to the Peter Pan mythology, one that refreshingly centers the complexities of motherhood and womanly expectations of hyperresponsibility via a queer looking glass. A must read for any fan of the Peter Pan canon.” —Addie Tsai, author, Dear Twin
High Praise for Previous Work by Kelly Ann Jacobson
“Jacobson has a gift for description, pulling the reader onto the page and immersing her in unfamiliar settings.” —Melody and Words
“Anchored by family, culture and love, this story is a joy to read.” —Kirkus Reviews
Gr 9 Up—In this dark, modern retelling of the Peter Pan story, Tinker Bell and Peter both fall in love with Wendy, a girl they stumble upon in upstate New York. Years later, Wendy's granddaughter comes to claim the old Darling estate and finds a lonely, guilt-ridden Tink living there. Told in alternating threads of Tink's past, her present, and the history of Neverland itself, this atmospheric reimaging is rife with divided loyalties and harsh tragedies. Introspective and character-driven, it retains the misty, fairy-tale feel of impossible things and childhood yearning. Shifting the narrative's focus to Tinker Bell's is compelling, but it is often bogged down by the other changes to the classic tale. Deep Neverland lore, a modern but difficult to pinpoint time period, and a reversal of events make it hard to stay fully immersed. Jacobson shines, however, in thoughtfully rendering the classic characters as well-rounded, complex, and flawed individuals. The ending may feel too tidy for many, but others will welcome the hopeful outcome of an otherwise tragic tale. VERDICT Give to readers who devour retellings or favor subtle fantasy.—Amy Diegelman, Chicago P.L.
A character-drivenreimagining ofPeter Pan.
Braiding together three narrative strands—then, now, and excerpts from Neverland: A History—this melancholy tale explores the ill-fated love of immortal fairy Tinker Bell. In the past plotline, Tink and Peter meet the Darling family in upstate New York, and both fall for Wendy, the eldest sibling. Peter ages when he’s away from Neverland, so Tink is determined to bring him back even as their lives become increasingly entwined with the Darlings’ the longer they stay. Forty years later, Tink lives alone in the Darlings’ cottage until Hope, Wendy’s granddaughter, appears. Tink opens up to Hope and shares her story of love, loss, grief, and responsibility. Lyrical prose evokes a traditional fairy-tale feeling, but this new spin, although inspired by a magical adventure story, focuses more specifically on its primary characters and their emotions. There is some worldbuilding around Neverland and references to characters from Peter Pan lore, but they mostly feel like unnecessary filler and bog down the already unhurried pace. The story succeeds as a character study of Tink: Falling for capable, mature Wendy opens her eyes to Peter’s flaws. Later, she grapples with her culpability in what went wrong while living the lonely life she feels she deserves. Often realistically sorrowful, there is hope at the end. Characters are implied White.
A queer, introspective retelling. (Fantasy. 14-18)