The Resource Wendy Darling, Volume one, Stars, Colleen Oakes

Wendy Darling, Volume one, Stars, Colleen Oakes

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Wendy Darling, Volume one, Stars
Title
Wendy Darling
Title number
Volume one
Title part
Stars
Statement of responsibility
Colleen Oakes
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Stars
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Language
eng
Summary
"Wendy Darling has a perfectly agreeable life with her parents and brothers in wealthy London, as well as a budding romance with Booth, the neighborhood bookseller's son. But one night, while their parents are at a ball, the charmingly beautiful Peter Pan comes to the Darling children's nursery, and dazzled by this flying boy with god-like powers they follow him out of the window and straight on to morning into Neverland, an intoxicating island of freedom. As time passes in Neverland, Wendy realizes that this Lost Boy's paradise of turquoise seas, mermaids, and pirates holds terrible secrets rooted in blood and greed. As Peter's grasp on her heart tightens, she struggles to remember where she came from and begins to suspect that this island of dreams, and the boy who desires her, have the potential to transform into an everlasting nightmare."--
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  • Gr 8 Up — Wendy Darling is miserable. Her father has just forbidden the 16-year-old from seeing her true love, she is fighting with her brother John, and little brother Michael is sobbing because their parents have gone out for the evening. She is shocked out of her anguish when a young man materializes in their midst—Peter Pan. Initially terrified, the siblings are soon captivated by the flying boy. Wendy finds him attractive, and when Peter offers to take them to Neverland, she agrees, feeling a spot of adventure will be a welcome diversion. This Peter Pan story may sound familiar, but the tale takes a darker turn when the children arrive on Pan Island in Neverland. The longer they stay on the island, the harder they find it to remember their former lives. It soon becomes apparent that Peter, far from a naive boy who won't grow up, is a cunning, manipulative leader. This is Neverland crossed with William Golding's Lord of the Flies ; there is jealousy, anger, maliciousness, and death. And this Peter Pan is a young man who has his sinister sights set on Wendy. When she begins to remember her past and expresses a desire to return home, Peter turns cruel and abusive. During the rest of the action-packed novel, she tries to escape him and the dangers of the island with her brothers in tow. VERDICT A dark twist on a familiar tale that readers will have difficulty putting down.—Nancy Nadig, Penn Manor School District, Lancaster, PA --Emma Carbone (Reviewed September 1, 2015) (School Library Journal, vol 61, issue 9, p170)
  • The fashion for grimdark retellings of childhood classics tackles Peter Pan in the first of a trilogy. Wendy Darling tries to be a proper young lady despite her forbidden romance with a bookseller's son. Yet when a strange, beautiful, flying (!) youth tempts her and her younger brothers to abandon stodgy Edwardian London, she yields to long-suppressed yearnings for adventure. Described in lush, lingering detail, Neverland is all that Peter Pan promises: vibrant, gorgeous, filled with magic and excitement. But it also harbors unexpected dangers…perhaps none greater than Peter himself. Most of the familiar characters appear, although with disturbing twists: the Darling parents are snobbish and ineffectual, John condescending and cruel, the Lost Boys feral and dissolute, and Tink broken and insane. Selfish, seductive, and sociopathic, Peter himself displays little of his customary childlike innocence or fey charm. Instead, he seems stuck in perpetual adolescence: pure id, churning with chaotic aggression and barely leashed appetites. While she is initially intoxicated by his charisma, Wendy's practical good sense, stubborn loyalty, and newly liberated fire give her the courage to defy Peter...only to land, in a stunning cliffhanger, in even worse peril. Dark, even horrific in its graphic bloodshed and psychological menace; but the nuanced portrayals—of a hero frequently excused by his whimsical glamour and a heroine too often dismissed as girlishly insipid—are riveting. (Fantasy. 14 & up)(Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2015)
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http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10456265
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Oakes, Colleen
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.O1019
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 8
  • 12
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1860-1937
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Barrie, J. M.
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True
Series statement
Wendy Darling
Series volume
0001
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Darling, Wendy
  • Peter Pan
  • Never-Never Land (Imaginary place)
  • Brothers and sisters
  • London (England)
  • Great Britain
Target audience
adolescent
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Wendy Darling, Volume one, Stars, Colleen Oakes
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
317 pages
Isbn
9781940716954
Lccn
2015940086
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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Label
Wendy Darling, Volume one, Stars, Colleen Oakes
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Copyright
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
317 pages
Isbn
9781940716954
Lccn
2015940086
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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