Monday, February 23, 2015

Kid's Book With a Feisty Heroine

I am back from a week of skiing and ready with plenty of new book recommendations.  I got the chance to read a copy of the new book by Newbery winner Rebecca Stead on the plane, which is out later this year, and I will just tell you that it is fabulous.  Review to come!

But today I am celebrating both humor and girl power.  I love a feisty heroine and today's book does not disappoint.  So don't forget to Follow One Great Book on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or by email for all the books that celebrate the offspring of one Captain Hook ... and you thought you knew the whole story!

Title:Hook’s Revenge

Author:Heidi Schulz

Target:Grades 4-8

Series:This is the first book in a planned series

What this book is about: 
Jocelyn is the thirteen year old estranged daughter of Captain Hook.  Her grandfather abhors her wild ways, and sends her to finishing school to force the rowdy out of her.  However, Jocelyn continues to harbor fantasies of her fearsome father coming to rescue her and including her on their adventures.  When news of his death by the jaws of the infamous Neverland crocodile reaches her, she is thrust into a adventure to avenge his death.  It turns out to be much more difficult than she ever imagined.

Why I love this book: 
This book is fabulous.  There I said it.  Even if you never wanted to read about pirates (and I can’t say they are at the top of my list) you will be completely entranced by this story. 

Jocelyn is feisty and funny and her turn as a pirate is absolutely delightful.  The narrator in this story is snarky and has a keen distaste for children, which makes him the perfect person to tell the tale and relish in Jocelyn’s pirate ways.  The writing is descriptive and delightful and I was continually impressed by how bitingly funny the story was.

As Jocelyn outwits cannibals, gets mermaids to feel sorry for her (if you have ever met a mermaid you would realize the enormity of this task), and saves a dying fairy, she interacts with all the beloved character from Neverland, who you will see in a whole new light.  Can Peter Pan be any more annoying?

Who this book is for:
Great for kids who like adventure stories and fantasy books, but they also have to like to laugh!

Final thoughts: 
Shiver me timbers, this dog-livered landlubber quite enjoyed this hearty tale.

To purchase this book:
Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: Hook's Revenge, Book 1 Hook's Revenge  A portion of each purchase goes back to support this blog at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.

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