Hook’s Revenge: exclusive cover reveal + giveaway!

February 24, 2014 2014, cover reveal, fairy tales, giveaway, Heidi Schulz, middle grade, Wendy 116

It’s a well-documented fact that I am fond of all things Peter Pan. As an adult who never stopped reading children’s books or YA, it makes me both happy and wistful to think about never having to grow up.

So it’s only natural that I was instantly smitten upon hearing about Hook’s Revenge by Heidi Schulz, which is the story of Hook’s daughter! As I’ve gotten to know the author on Twitter over the last few months, I discovered a kindred spirit as a reader, chicken lover, and all-around fabulous and funny human being. It doesn’t hurt that she’s represented by one of the nicest people in the business, either.

We’re pleased as punch to be hosting the exclusive cover reveal for Heidi’s swashbuckling middle grade adventure. Are you ready for the awesome? I know I am! Without further ado, here’s your very first look at Hook’s Revenge!


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Lookie the bookie! I love the vibrant colors and title treatment and the sense of movement on this cover, as well as the determined look on Jocelyn’s face. That is the face of someone who gets stuff DONE. Plus she has freckles and a snub nose and a riot of curls and an awesome outfit and sword! This artwork is filled with the promise of adventure, which is so perfect for a story like this.


Hook’s Revenge Synopsis

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.

The crocodile’s clock is always ticking in Heidi Schulz’s debut novel, a story told by an irascible narrator who is both dazzlingly witty and sharp as a sword. Will Jocelyn find the courage to beat the incessant monster before time runs out?

Pre-Order Links

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Heidi’s here with us today to talk about her love for this cover, as well as to give you a little taste of the story. Please make her feel welcome! And don’t forget to enter the giveaway for an ARC + pirate booty below–the book won’t be out until September, but we already have an copy ready to ship to our lucky winner.

~ Wendy

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Hook’s Revenge Cover Love
by Heidi Schulz

Thank you so much for hosting my cover reveal! I can’t think of anything more wonderfully appropriate than chatting about the denizens of the Neverland with Wendy Darling. It’s almost too perfect.

Now, can we just talk about that book jacket? I absolutely adore it. A few of the many things I love:

Jocelyn’s Fierce Determination

When she was a student/prisoner as Miss Eliza Crumb-Biddlecomb’s Finishing School for Girls, Jocelyn would have given anything for a high sea adventure, but oh my goodness, is that reality ever harder than she dreamed of. Her crew is far less ferocious than she had hoped and the crocodile is far more terrifying—to say nothing of the challenges the Neverland dishes out.

Your average person would give up and go home, but just look at her: Jocelyn Hook is anything but average.

The Pirates

Early cover sketches showed options both with and without Jocelyn’s not-quite-fearless crew. I’m thrilled that they made the final cut. It just wouldn’t be the same without them. On the front cover, from left to right, we have dear Mr. Smee, holding his beloved cutlass (which he has named Johnny Corkscrew), Blind Bart, the lookout (don’t mind the double eye-patches—he has excellent hearing), and, I believe that’s Jim McCraig with a Wooden Leg (the nature of which may surprise you).

On the back cover, mournfully gazing over the side of the ship is One-Armed Jack. Look closely and you will see the source of his sorrow, and his great shame: his “missing” arm, tucked up under his shirt. If only he could truly look battle weathered.

The Fearsome Neverland crocodile

Doesn’t it look sinister? It should. It is.

The Inside Flaps

I love how they look like rolling scrolls, similar to a certain letter delivered, by Neverland courier crow, to Jocelyn at school. A bit of that letter is quoted on the jacket copy.

Insider information: I created Captain Hook’s signature in Microsoft Paint some time ago. Even though I wrote the entire book, seeing that signature there gives me an extra little jolt of pride. I am an excellent Painter.

All the Amazing Extra Details

There is such a richness of detail on this jacket. The hand-lettering, the sparkling trail of fairy dust left in the fairy’s wake, that amazing assortment of lanterns, the tattered flag and the crows, even Jocelyn’s sassy striped socks—there is just so much to look at.

I’m proud that my words will be dressed so finely. All my thanks and admiration to everyone who worked on this cover, but most especially the incredibly talented illustrator, John Hendrix. Just wait until you see what he has done for the interior illustrations…

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divider vine croppedHeidi SchultzAbout the Author

Heidi Schulz is a writer, reader, and giraffe suspicioner. She lives in Salem, Oregon with her husband, co-captaining a crew made of their teen daughter, a terrible little dog, and five irascible chickens. Her debut novel for middle grade readers, HOOK’S REVENGE, will be published in the US by Disney•Hyperion on September 16, 2014, and in the UK by The Chicken House shortly after. Bloomsbury Kids will publish her picture book debut, GIRAFFES RUIN EVERYTHING, in 2016.

Find her on social media on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and GoodReads.


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Win Hook’s Revenge Pirate Booty!

-1Thanks to the author and our friends at Disney•Hyperion, we have a fun prize package for one of our lucky readers. It includes:

  • one of the very first Hook’s Revenge ARCs hot off the presses
  • pirate pencil sharpener
  • pirate log book

I’m told that Jocelyn needs to write a note several times, but has no pen and paper, so this will save you the trouble that she experiences. ;)

To enter, all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form and leave a thoughtful comment below, telling us why you love the Peter Pan stories or what you like most about middle grade books. That’s it! Easy peasy.

Open to US residents aged 18 and older, or 13 and older with parental permission. Kids, get your parents to enter the contest if you want this. Good luck!

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a Rafflecopter giveaway

Are you excited for this book? I know I can’t wait to find out what Jocelyn gets up to. And okay, okay, I also want to know how I figure into the story as well.

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116 Responses to “Hook’s Revenge: exclusive cover reveal + giveaway!”

  1. Veronica Bartles (@vbartles)

    I am so excited for this book! I love Peter Pan, and all of the different retellings! In fact, my first real date with my husband was to see the movie Hook. :) Captain Hook is such a vibrant character, full of possibilities, and I can’t wait to get to know his daughter!! <3

  2. Jessica

    This book looks very good! I love pirate books, and even though I have never read Peter Pan (I know! I probably need to.), I like retellings of it! And the cover is wonderful! A lot of detail on it! :)

  3. Tammy

    I have found that adventure books really grab the middle school reader. Peter Pan is about adventure and a break from work. Excited to see where this book goes.

  4. Christina Taylor

    Truthfully, I’m not the biggest fan of PETER PAN, but I love anything and everything about Captain Hook. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m an adult? I mean, I loved HOOK as a kid, though, so maybe I’m just an old soul. I think it’s because I love a villain with a backstory, really, and the original PETER PAN doesn’t offer much of that – which makes it great fodder for new and continuing stories, which I clearly love!

  5. Karyn Lewis

    I love the trend in YA and middle school age books to tell the “untold” stories of these characters that we know and love. Peter Pan has always been a favorite of mine because I don’t think I really want to ever grow up!
    My favorite YA novel right now is WONDER by R.J. Palacio. I think it connects with kids without being preachy and allows them to ask questions about differences within the context of the story.

  6. LeaMarie Robertson

    You have quite a way with words Heidi and your personality shines through loud and clear in your character descriptions. I love books for middle grades because middle graders haven’t lost their senses of adventure yet, they’re grown up enough to understand life, but haven’t been plagued with hardening of the mental arteries. By the way! I’m so glad that Jocelyn has freckles, being befreckled myself it’s about time that someone recognizes that heroes often have freckles. I can’t wait to read your book!

  7. Laurie Litwin

    I can’t wait to read this. It’s at the top of my list!

  8. Kelly Allan

    I’m so excited for Hook’s Revenge! Heidi seems weird and creative on Twitter, so I bet her book will be too. On the top of my MG list right now might be Stefan Bachmann’s The Peculiar. SO good.

  9. Shauna Williams

    Thanks for an exciting giveaway. Hook’s revenge looks fantastic. Not only do we love reading in our house but we all love to draw and create as well. So, this book would be fabulous to win. Peter Pan is such a whimsical tale that is a timeless classic. Not to mention my oldest child is preforming in her first play this year that happens to be Peter Pan!
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  10. Charlene Smith

    I am excited to read this book. Sounds as if it will be a great read. My current reading faces are the series books by rick Riordan, love, love his humor! Thanks for a great giveaway.

  11. Meagan Zefirov

    I think that most of us who read fiction do it for the love of adventure. I love a book that can draw you in and let you have the adventures you always thought you would have as a kid. That is exactly what Peter Pan is for me.

  12. Anne Rasmussen

    With an awesome cover like that? And a plucky young heroine, to boot? Who WOULDN’T love to read this book? Not to mention the added bonus that Heidi is about the nicest, funniest, cleverest gal you could hope to know? There’s really NO REASON that we shouldn’t all just stampede into our nearest bookstore to pre-order!

  13. Rebekah Guest

    I love Peter Pan because it is everything a childhood should be. My favorite YA book is just too hard of a topic, but I will say that as a young girl the Narnia books have and still do bring me great joy! So excited to read this new book- can’t wait!!

  14. Hayley

    I am so excited for this!!! Are you going to donate a copy to the Salem Library?

  15. Erica O

    Oh my gosh, I am excited about both of Heidi’s books, but especially this one. I feel like I’ve been waiting for it to come out for a zillion years. I can only imagine how antsy Heidi’s getting over it. :)

    Thank you, Wendy Darling, for interviewing the author AND for hosting this giveaway!
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  16. Cindy

    What I love the best about THIS middle grade novel is that Heidi wrote it. Heidi is one of the coolest people on the planet and I am SO THRILLED for her success. Can’t wait to read the book!

  17. Becky Clawson

    To take the legend of Peter Pan on a generation in a world where there should be no generations is a tricky proposition. To add a smart, funny, courageous girl to the mix–well, that’s just brilliant! My daughter and I are both jumping up and down waiting for this to hit the shelves. Heidi, you are the real deal.

  18. Sue Ford

    I’m so excited about this book for several reasons. One, I met Heidi two years ago in May and we had an ongoing joke at a conference AND she’s a great gal. Two, I love variations of Peter Pan, including the movie Hook with Dustin Hoffman. Favorite middle grade book – how do I choose one?! But, The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z by Kate Messner is definitely one of my favorites.

  19. Bare Soul

    Peter Pan has always been one of my favorite stories. I seemed to have latched on to it at a young age and never let it go. Reading it now, I see that it has meaning both for children and adults. I understood Peter’s story so well as a child, because I never wanted to grow up, and I always wanted to fly. But I understand Wendy’s story so much now, because growing up can’t be avoided for some of us, and despite how much we may loathe it’s coming, we learn to be mature enough to accept it does have its perks (even if these perks will never measure up to fighting pirates and swimming with mermaids).

    And I’m not quite sure if this book is classified as middle grade, but I am in love with “Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter” by Astrid Lindgren.
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  20. Gayleen Rabakukk

    What I love most about middle grade books is that sense of “tackle anything” that most MG protagonists share. Defeat the crocodile to avenge my father? No problem. I’m very excited to read HOOK’S REVENGE & hope I’m the lucky winner!

  21. Katie @ Spirit of Children's Literature

    I love the Peter Pan story because of its imagination and celebration of childhood wonder! I also enjoy the adventures one has in Neverland and the thought-provoking issue of never wanting to grow up!

    Some of the whimsy I find in Peter Pan, though, I also find in one of my favorite middle grade novels, A Tangle of Knots, by Lisa Graff.

    I love any Peter Pan-related books so am excited for this one, and can tell it will be full of laugh aloud moments. The cover jacket detail is really fun! Thanks for this giveaway!
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  22. Melissa R

    YAY! Cover!!! Watching Heidi go through the process of writing, finding a publicist, and then a publisher seemed long… but now it seems like time is flying to the finish line!

  23. Laura Greaves

    I am SOOOO excited! I always liked the story of Peter Pan, but I wanted to be Perter Pan, NOT Wendy. Sorry, I know you share a name, but she was just too proper and too obedient. I was nothing like that. I was a tomboy through and through. Jocelyn seems like my kind of girl! Finally, a girl who is ready to take on the world and go after what she wants. Now, that’s someone I could have related to (and still can)! I love that books provide the safety for kids to “do” things they never otherwise would be able to. I know this book will give my daughter freedom to go on just such an adventure!

  24. Diane

    I can’t wait to read Hook’s Revenge. What a fabulous continuation of stories from Neverland. Peter Pan was one of my favorite characters from my childhood. The story has everything a young girl could dream of; Charming Tinkerbell, fairy dust, adventure, an evil pirate, the notion of flying away to another world. But most of all the idea, that I still adhere to in my sixties, that I never have to grow up.
    Thank you for bringing this wonderful adventure back to us.
    What a fun way to introduce your new book. I love your cover. Hook’s Revenge is now in my Barnes and Noble wish list.
    Good luck.

  25. fishgirl182

    I love this cover! I didn’t know about this book at all so thanks for putting it on my radar. I like the Peter Pan story because it’s about a boy who never grew up, which is how I feel sometimes. I haven’t read too many Pan stories except for Peter and the Starcatchers while I really liked. This looks great, though. MG books are so fun and have really awesome covers. I don’t think they get enough attention. Excited to read this one.
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  26. Sarah Rains

    I am so excited for this book, I have been for sometime, and now to see the cover is just wonderful. I can’t wait until this comes out!

  27. Haley Wilkerson

    The cover is super neat! What I love about many MG covers is that they have so much creativity to them. Nowadays, in a world of covers with girls wearing pretty dresses or masks or people posing in half-dead landscapes, it’s nice to see something drawn and with such character.
    When I saw The Hook’s Revenge synopsis on GoodReads, I was instantly intrigued–many authors are retelling fairy tales, but very few are retelling Peter Pan, which is a crying shame in my opinion! Peter Pan is one of the great children’s classics, and I’m glad there is a writer out there giving the story justice!
    Congrats, Heidi! And I can’t wait to pick up your book! -H
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  28. Karin Archibald

    I love pirates, and I love Heidi and I can’t wait to read the book!

  29. Sam

    I love reading MG books to my 7-year old. I can’t wait to read this one to her or with her because she LOVES adventure stories (especially funny ones) and I’m dying to read more books with female MCs to her. Can’t wait!

  30. Tricia

    My youngest son is friends with a girl who is into pirates – she would probably adore this book.

    When I was growing up, I loved the Broadway musical version of Peter Pan (we had the soundtrack on a record – yes, vinyl. I’m middle-aged). And then in 3rd grade, I got to see Cathy Rigby perform as Peter Pan in a live version – it was an amazing spectacle, perhaps the first live performance I’d seen that didn’t involve an older sibling at school. Anyway, that is the origin of my love for Peter Pan. More recently, I enjoyed Peter & The Starcatchers, but didn’t like book 2 so abandoned that series.

  31. Jessica Taylor

    I have been in love with Peter Pan for as long as I can remember. Something about the concept of never growing old, living in the woods, and fighting pirates is completely irresistible. Plus, the unrequited love between Peter and Wendy makes my heart ache.

    I’m so excited to see how you’ve enhanced the story, Heidi! So stoked for Hook’s Revenge!

  32. E

    I absolutely LOVE the Peter Pan story. Well, who doesn’t? But I certainly feel like someone who never wants to grow up – I still read young adult and children’s books probably more than adult books! They’re something perfectly apt about the Peter Pan story, and I cry when they go home, without fail. I can’t wait until September, need to get it now!!
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  33. Rachel

    Such a gorgeous and fanciful cover here! Sounds like an epic, swashbuckling adventure, as well. Thanks for sharing Wendy and Heidi! :)

    Btw, Wendy, so glad to hear you’re enjoying the Naked Werewolf series (even with the unfortunate covers, lol!). I just finished the 2nd and while it wasn’t quite as good as the 1st it was fun, too. The audio narration is excellent! :)
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  34. Michelle W

    I love Heidi and I can’t wait to hold a copy of this book in my hand.

  35. Jocelyn

    My current favorite middle grade book is Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin. It just had so much imagination and was a fun twist on the original tale. I expect nothing less from Hook’s Revenge. Plus, with a main character named Jocelyn –hellooo?– of course it has to be good ;)

  36. Faye @ The Social Potato

    Awww, this looks absolutely adorable. I love covers like this one – hand-drawn, vibrant, and full of sweet, awesome colors. It’s an understatement to say I’m excited for this one. The cover pretty much pumped me up! Congratulations, Miss Heidi Schulz!
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  37. Richard Ruotolo

    Love the fun and creativity in both the story and this amazing cover design.

  38. Rachel Patrick

    Ahhh, I’ve been wanting to read HOOK’S REVENGE since I first heard about it, and now it has a totally awesome cover! You know, I’ve never disliked PETER PAN, but the tale was never my favorite. But then I read TIGER LILY, and suddenly I needed ALL THE PETER PAN THINGS. And I want to start reading some MG, and I really want to read this. So call me excited! Can’t wait! Thanks for the the awesome giveaway, and great post!

  39. Louise Galveston

    Ahoy, Heidi! Congratulations on the fabulous cover! It seems so perfect.

    I’ve always been a Pan fan, but am a bigger one than ever after directing Peter Pan the musical last summer. Cannot wait to read this!

  40. Pamelamala

    Mostly I just love Heidi. But middle-grade books are lovely because they keep at least half of my children entertained and mostly quiet at any given time.

  41. Tanja

    I LOVE the cover! So many details. It’s amazing. This author is new to me but this book sounds so good. I love everything Peter Pan related so. Thank you for sharing this Wendy :)
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  42. Emma

    I’m not much of a MG reader these days, just because I have so much YA to read and I feel I’m starting to outgrow the genre. But Hook’s Revenge is one of the few MG novels that I’m definitely looking forward to. The concept sounds so fun, and I love anything that reminds me of Disney and fairytales/legends.
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  43. Amy

    I love the cover and this looks like such an adorable book. I’ve always been a huge peter pan fan. I don’t read a lot of mg novels but I’m currently reading The Iron Jawed Boy.

  44. Elizabeth Johnson

    I would have never thought of expanding the Hook/Peter Pan story into another generation. Very clever, Heidi! I can’t wait to read it myself. And I’m sure my kids will be anxious to read it, too.

  45. starryeyedjen

    Oh, what a fun cover reveal and an equally swashbuckling tale to go with it! I just love the idea of Hook’s daughter following in his footsteps! Can’t say I never wanted to be a pirate myself. :) That cover is spectacular, and I love all the details as explained by the author. Just sounds like a really fun, adorable read! And though I don’t read a lot of MG these days, I would definitely make time for this one! Thanks for sharing!
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    • Jackie

      I feel like I’m alone in not being a fan of the cover. The artwork reminds me of Captain Underpants, and I was never a fan of that comic. But that won’t stop me from buying the book!
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      • Wendy Darling

        Oh man, I am SO not a fan of the Captain Underpants artwork! I think these illustrations are much more sophisticated, hah. Art is so subjective, though–I’m glad it’s not going to prevent you from giving the book a try. :)

  46. Christine

    This looks fantastic! I’ve been reading more MG books lately because I love that I can read them with my son! This looks like something both of us would enjoy.

  47. Melissa Sekafetz

    Both me and my son are excited about reading this book. Love the cover art. Thanks for sharing.

  48. Hope

    This is a MUST read for me!! My daughter is Wendy, nick named, Wendy Bird, inspired by Peter Pan and her daughter’s name in Jocelyn. I am looking forward to reading this book to with my grandchildren.
    The cover is truly beautiful and inviting! Who wouldn’t want to pick this up and read it.

  49. Meridith Elizabeth

    I’m glad the crew made the cut on this fantastic cover because they do not inspire confidence… more challenges for Jocelyn! Looks like a great romp! Can’t wait!

  50. Julie

    I love Peter Pan! Finding out there is a story of his daughter seeking revenge!

    Entering for my little one.

    Congratulations! It looks as amazing as it sounds.
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  51. Brenda

    Wonderful cover, I can see why you like it so much Wendy. Love the added touches of pixie dust and the stripped socks, such fun. Congratulations on its upcoming release.

  52. Joy McCullough-Carranza

    I’m so super excited about this book!! (I have also stalked Heidi’s website and harbored a secret desire to be her BFF. I guess the secret’s out.) The cover looks fantastic! Peter Pan is my favorite ride at Disneyland – who could resist flying above London?! I was so surprised when I read the actual book as an adult to my daughter to discover how seriously nasty Tinkerbell is in Barrie’s version. Interested to see how Heidi handles that mischievous fairy! Congrats on the cover reveal!

  53. Julie A Bowen

    I have to admit that as a young child the idea of Peter Pan’s shadow flitting about creeped me out. There were nights were I would stare up at the ceiling and was terrified that perhaps one of the ever changing swaying shadows was in fact Peter’s. A few years later after growing out of he Bobbsey Twin series I re- investigated Peter Pan and found a story chock full of adventure. I loved that one of the main characters was a mere girl. I am excited to read Hooks Revenge and find out about Jocelyn and the crew she has adopted. The cover is brilliant, there is so much to take in. Each time I look at it I see something new.
    The author Heidi Schulz has been in my life for over thirty- something years and her one liners and snappy come backs are what keep me wanting more each time I have been in her presence. T do believe that after Hooks Revenge comes out that readers will be wanting more Jocelyn adventures.

  54. Sally

    Congrats! Love the cover. I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by it’s cover, but we all do. The premise sounds fun and exciting. Can’t wait to read. Adding to my TBR list.

  55. carriem

    Peter Pan is one of my very favorite books, but it always, always makes me cry–everyone has to grow up why?

  56. Alashandra Reynolds

    Peter pan is timeless. We all wish we could relive our childhood plus pirates and faries are awesome. Excited for the next installment of the story.

  57. Alana Chapman

    First of all, congratulations Heidi! This cover is more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. The longer I look at it, the more things I see that I love about it! We are BIG huge HOOK and Peter Pan fans in our home. What we love about the Peter Pan story is of course the magic of youth and childhood, and being brave enough to believe in yourself. Our entire family can’t wait to read Heidi’s version of that world. I’m sure it will be just as magical and wonderful!

  58. Alashandra Reynolds

    I cant wait to read this book! I plan on reading it to my 5year old, 3 year old, 2 year old and the new baby! They will be playing pirate a lot more I am sure. Congrats Heidi!

  59. Lisa (Fic Talk)

    I was going to ask whether you guys shared a love of cooked chicken or LIVE chickens, but I just read Heidi’s author bio and that solved the mystery. That’s an interesting thing to have in common. I myself like the cute little baby chicks. As they get older, they layers get mean and the broilers are just meh. lol. I have a memory of wearing my cute pink sandals with glitter and going into the pen with the layers and being chased because they are attracted to bright colours and such. It was not fun being chased by hundreds of brown birds trying to peck the living daylights out of my feet. But, hey, I was like 7 or something. Hahah.

    LOVE the cover! It’s beautiful and fierce. Great illustration, it looks as if the ship is actually moving. Also, Peter Pan is my childhood fave story, too! I am very much a Wendy Darling but I longed to be a lost boy. It just seemed like the way to go, you know? :)
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  60. Larissa

    WENDY. You told me this was coming but I forgot about it and now I’m insanely excited for this book. Pirates and never land?? This book seems fantastic, I think this is the pirate book we’ve been searching for. The main character is the daughter of Captain Hook? So much potential. The cover and jackets are all so amazingly detailed and I adore them. The illustrations are wonderful and I’m glad to hear they’ll be prevalent through the course of the novel.

    I’ve never won a giveaway before but if there was only one I could win, I honestly think this would be the one (:
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  61. Lucy

    This book looks like tons of fun! And what a perfect blog pairing for the cover reveal. Love all the little details in the book jacket- it’s definitely a book you’d want to own in print. It looks like such a magical swashbuckling adventure.

    Thanks for spreading the word about this book, matey!

  62. Katie Locke

    This cover is amazing. It’s spunky, fun, really eye-catching, and I love that it’s got a throwback retro edge to it. I cannot wait to read this. I’ve always loved the (original) Peter Pan stories and retellings (except Disney.) I think they embody a true wishful whimsy, something that we haven’t seen a lot of these days in literature, and I like that most retellings really build on that idea of wishfulness and longing and dreams, much like the blurb for HOOK’S REVENGE.

    Favorite middle grade novel? I’m not super well read in MG actually (much to my chagrin) but I loved Hannah Moskowitz’s ZOMBIE TAG and most recently Paul Acampora’s forthcoming I KILL THE MOCKINGBIRD.
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  63. Amanda

    This sounds really cute. It sounds silly, but watching Jake and the Neverland Pirates endlessly with my 3 year old has me thinking about the real Peter Pan story more lately. I need to add the original to my to read list too. I love spins like this on a great story.
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  64. Chelsea Bobulski

    Oh my gosh, Heidi, it’s beautiful!!! I can’t wait to read this!

  65. Alyssa

    What a lovely cover! Love her hair and freckles!

    I haven’t read any Peter Pan retellings besides Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson and I ADORED it, it made me remember why I loved Peter Pan as a kid! I can not wait for Hook’s Revenge because Hook is such a different sort of “villain” in that he is in the gray area between good and evil (I might be biased) so I can’t wait to see what happened in his story and what strength his daughter will possess! In terms of favorite middle grade novels, I LOVE The League of Princes by Christopher Healy!
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  66. Annie Sullivan

    I love the cover! It looks so amazing. I can’t wait to read the book.

  67. Adi Cloud

    The cover is gorgeous! Heidi, I’m so excited for you! I can’t wait to get my hands on this book.

  68. Mel Mercado

    What a gorgeous cover!! Congratulations Heidi! (-: I don’t want to grow up either. And so glad MG never makes me. The premise of this book is like a dream for Pan lovers everywhere! So looking forward to reading it!!

    Now excuse me while I continue to swoon over the ‘starched and pressed’ line. (-: Mel

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