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The week before Jocelyn’s grandfather decided to send her away to finishing school was an eventful one, even by her standards. On Monday, the girl’s newest tutor found his pupil unable to do her history lesson. Someone had torn most of the pages from her lesson book in order to make paper boats. This same unidentified person had then floated the paper vessels on the garden pond, after setting them on fire, of course. Jocelyn sat at her desk, the very picture of wide-eyed innocence – with a spot of soot on her nose and the faint smell of smoke still clinging to her rumpled dress. If you ask me, her tutor was wrong to turn in his resignation. True history is filled with burning fleets. On Tuesday, Jocelyn startled the head cook, who rather foolishly did not expect a twelve-year-old girl to come flying down the front banister brandishing a wooden sword and singing a bawdy sea shanty at the top of her lungs.

About the book

It's not easy being the daughter of Captain Hook.

Twelve-year-old Jocelyn dreams of following in his footsteps - but her grandfather sends her to finishing school instead.
When her father meets his unfortunate end, Jocelyn sails to Neverland to avenge his death.

But she hadn't bargained on ticking crocodiles, lazy pirates and a trouble-making boy called Peter Pan ...

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Press reviews

“... a captivating mixture of fearsome pirates, a courageous and adventurous female lead character, and a sarcastic yet charming narrator. In other words, this book is absolutely fantastic!”

Huffington Post

“A clever twist on an old classic!”

Girl Talk

“Heidi Schulz puts a fun spin on one of the most magical and wondrous fictional lands … Told by a narrator, with terrific humour and rich description, it reminded me of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (one of my all-time favourite series!). This was such a fun adventure, sweet at times, laugh-out-loud funny at others, and an utterly genius idea for a story. I enjoyed it immensely.”

Kate Ormand, blogger

“This book is an exciting new read for anyone that loves adventure and believing in yourself. I loved reading this book, it was fast paced with lots of twists and turns along the way! Definitely not plain sailing! A recommend for everyone.”

Young Writers

“A delicious new take on the famous story of Peter Pan … Debut author Heidi Schulz puts fun and entertainment first in this action-packed, warm and funny tale … an enchanting read, packed with adventure, brilliant characters and humour.”

Lancashire Evening Post

“The story is brilliant and mixes the idea of a posh victorian boarding school with pirates, mystery and mayhem … a fantastic book with brilliant characters.”

Readaraptor

“Heidi Schulz has balanced the raucous humour of her woeful pirate crew […] with the power of friendship, believing in yourself and dropping in ideas of feminism by challenging the expected roles of girls and women in Neverland beautifully. Bravo. I can’t to rejoin Jocelyn on her next adventure”

So Little Time for Books

“I adored this book! It was a wild thing full of adventure and told by a kooky narrator that I loved … a magnificent tale bursting with imagination … 5/5 stars!”

Fiction Facination

“Written with a humour that will appeal to boys and girls alike, this book is delightfully funny and a little bit wicked … the narrator is deliciously irreverent. Like Lemony Snicket, he lends an element of cheekiness and unpredictability that readers will enjoy”

Children's Books Ireland

“Utterly charming … [Jocelyn] is a brilliant new character from the outset … All in all a fabulously charming read which I thoroughly enjoyed”

Overflowing Library

“... a novel that can be enjoyed by readers of all ages with its immense wit and entertaining story-line ... really captures the spirit of Peter Pan.”

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Author notes

'I truly owe this book to a flu virus. While illness wreaked havoc on me, I tried a few hours sleep on the sofa. This was accomplished by entertaining my then quite young daughter with DVDs of her favourite Peter Pan movies. Shortly before the end of the last movie I was awakened by a thought: What if Captain Hook had a daughter? Perhaps that is what people mean when they talk about a "germ of an idea."'

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