The Neverland Wars
by Audrey Greathouse
Genre: YA Fantasy/ Fairytale Retelling
Release Date: May 9th 2016
Clean Teen Publishing
Summary from Goodreads:
Magic can do a lot—give you flight, show you mermaids, help you taste the stars, and… solve the budget crisis? That’s what the grown-ups will do with it if they ever make it to Neverland to steal its magic and bring their children home.
However, Gwen doesn’t know this. She’s just a sixteen-year-old girl with a place on the debate team and a powerful crush on Jay, the soon-to-be homecoming king. She doesn’t know her little sister could actually run away with Peter Pan, or that she might have to chase after her to bring her home safe. Gwen will find out though—and when she does, she’ll discover she’s in the middle of a looming war between Neverland and reality.
She’ll be out of place as a teenager in Neverland, but she won’t be the only one. Peter Pan’s constant treks back to the mainland have slowly aged him into adolescence as well. Soon, Gwen will have to decide whether she’s going to join impish, playful Peter in his fight for eternal youth… or if she’s going to scramble back to reality in time for the homecoming dance.
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“Gwen’s description of growing up and high school life is one of the most accurate that I’ve ever read.” (Across the Bookiverse)
“The author creates such a peaceful and serene place that it felt likeescape just reading about it…Through this world, the author explores the themes of what it means to grow up.” (K.E. Carson, The Underground)
A LETTER FROM PETER PAN:
Why Peter Thinks You Should Read This Book
There’s a book about me, and you should read it! I’m going to read it, just to find out what happens. I was in it, but I forgot what happens. (You ought not judge me—you’d forget your adventures, too, if you had as many as I do.)
It’s about a silly girl who thinks too much and never wants to have any fun. Except for when there’s already fun. So it’s more like the fun has her, than she has the fun, I guess. She’s weird, and half-way grown up, but I like her anyways… and if I like her, you can be sure you will like her. I’m very picky.
Not that I liked her straight away, mind you. The only reason we even met is because she’s got a brilliant little sister who has an imagination as thick and rich as maple syrup up in her head. She took to flying right away. If she hadn’t been so good at being a kid, I wouldn’t have trusted her when she told me her sister was just a big kid who really did belong in Neverland with the rest of us. I’m glad I listened, because now we have a proper storyteller on the island with us.
You should read this book because there is a dastardly crocodile in it, and some even more dastardly mermaids. There’s the biggest pirate ship to ever haunt the shore of Neverland, and a bunch of the best lost boys and girls that have ever run the ropes and flown the forests. There’s a great bit about a bombing and the excitement of adventure at wartime, and a lot of other little bits that I can’t tell you about yet.
The whole thing is really just a fantastic adventure, at least once you get through the boring beginning part. The very beginning doesn’t have me in it, so I apologize for how painfully dull it might be to just read about a girl who goes to school and has friends and is trying to figure out how to grow up. I promise there’ll be fighting and betrayal, triumph and tragedy, and all the stuff that makes for a great story. Someone might even die. I forget.
Really, you should just read this book because I told you to and you ought to trust me. If you don’t like me enough to trust me, you’re probably the sort of sad grownup who wouldn’t like it anyways. If you’re already all grownup inside and outside and sideways too, you can forget everything I just said. As for the rest of you though: I’ll see you in Neverland.
About the Author
Audrey Greathouse is a Seattle-based author of science-fiction and fantasy. Raised in the suburbs, she became a writer after being introduced to NaNoWriMo during her sophmore year of high school. Since then, she has drafted more than a dozen books, 100 sonnets, and 800 other poems, and a handful of short stories and one-act plays.
After dropping out of her university and beginning training as a circus performer on the aerial silks, she returned to school to study at Southern New Hampshire University College of Online and Continuing Education to earn her B.A. in English Language and Literature, with a minor in Computer Information Technologies.
Audrey Greathouse is a die-hard punk cabaret fan, and pianist of fourteen years. She’s usually somewhere along the west coast, and she is always writing.