The Writing’s On The Wall is a regular feature on Pop! Goes The Reader in which I create desktop wallpapers inspired by some of my favourite novels.
What can I possibly say about Hook’s Revenge that I haven’t said already? From my 5 Star Review in September to its inclusion on my Top Twelve Books I Read In 2014 list, I’ve made no secret of the fact that this novel holds a special place in my heart and was one of the best books I read last year. The truth is, I feel I owe a great deal to Heidi Schulz for reinvigorating my love for a type of literature I thought lost to me forever. After a number of disastrous experiences, there was a time not long ago that I thought I had outgrown middle grade fiction entirely. As with any age designation or genre of literature, however, Heidi’s work helped to remind that it’s not about liking every single story being told, but rather finding the story that works best for you. Hook’s Revenge reminded me of a childhood composed of stolen hours spent reading The Witches, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Magician’s Nephew beneath the covers, flashlight in hand, as I cackled to myself and revelled in the wit, creativity and imagination held within their pages. Creating a wallpaper seemed like the very last I could do for a book that has come to mean so much to me. While I knew I couldn’t recreate the magic and the wonder of John Hendrix‘s truly spectacular book covers, I wanted to capture even a smidgen of the vibrancy and fun that he infused into each stroke. Now I can only hope I’ve succeeded in some small way.
Title Hook’s Revenge
Author Heidi Schulz
Pages 304 Pages
Genre Fantasy, Fairytale, Re-Telling, Adventure
Publisher On September 16th, 2014
Find It On Goodreads
Captain Hook’s feisty daughter hits the high seas to avenge her father’s death at the jaws of the Neverland crocodile in Heidi Schulz’s spirited middle-grade debut.
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?
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