Monday, January 5, 2015
by Heidi Schulz
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. Will Jocelyn find the courage to beat the incessant monster before time runs out?
Hook's Revenge is the recently released debut novel by Heidi Schulz - it's sure to delight all young pirates! This well-written middle grade fantasy novel includes entertaining escapades, a feisty female protagonist, and a host of mischievous and colorful supporting characters. I especially enjoyed the character development of the young protagonist, Jocelyn. If you have a reluctant reader or a young girl who is somewhat of a tomboy, Hook's Revenge might be just the novel you need. I would recommend this book to readers from the ages of eight to twelve.
Click here to learn more about the author, Heidi Schulz.