By Heidi Schulz
Hook’s Revenge tells the tale of Jocelyn Hook, the only daughter of Captain Hook – yes, that Captain Hook, he of Peter Pan fame – who hopes to escape her horrible finishing school and become a feared pirate captain like her long-missing father. When a letter from Captain Hook himself arrives, asking Jocelyn to avenge his death at the jaws of the Neverland crocodile, Jocelyn jumps at the chance to ditch manners lessons for a great adventure. But being a pirate is much harder that she ever thought. Can Jocelyn find the courage to beat the crocodile before time runs out?
Readers won’t be bored with this quirky but action-packed story, adventuring with Jocelyn as she deals with her pathetically untrained pirate crew, outwits cannibals, rescues her amnesiac best friend, and fends off that twerp Peter Pan, who keeps barging in uninvited. Jocelyn is a fierce heroine who is easy to love: hilarious and fiery with a heart of gold. Discovering the details of Neverland itself add to the fun, as well as the snarky side comments of the story’s cranky narrator.
Recommended for grades 4-7.
Reviewed by: Alyssa (Davis Library)