Parents' Guide to

Lost in the Never Woods

By Mandie Caroll, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Gripping Peter Pan retell shines light on trauma, recovery.

Book Aiden Thomas Fantasy 2021
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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+
Both my boys read this while on vacation and told me to read it too which I did. We all really liked it! Kinda spooky but in a good way. Deals with trauma, friendship and a little bit of pixie dust.

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This atmospheric, enticing retellling of the Peter Pan and Wendy story is a heartbreaking and heartwarming read. Lost in the Never Woods explores the effects of tragedy on Wendy and her parents with a nuanced, trauma-informed perspective. Author Aiden Thomas' skill in creating interesting, authentic characters shines. Despite Wendy's grief and guilt, and the urgency of locating missing children, she finds herself falling for the beguiling Peter Pan. Though at times his typical carefree self, Peter reveals a deeply vulnerable, conflicted side. The setting is also richly constructed. The woods, in particular, are classic dark fairy tale nightmare fuel. Branches and roots crack, scratch, and trip. Whispers, screams, and pleas for help swirl in the air. Trees release shadows that take flight and pursue those who enter. There's also the well-paced plot and absorbing action. A weep-inducing climax is followed by a hopeful ending showing what recovery from trauma can look like.

Small stumbles include descriptive language that occasionally interrupts action and a flat villain (Peter's shadow). Some readers may crave a larger role for Wendy's best friend Jordan, who is perhaps too often relegated to the role of Brown girl supporting White bestie. Hiccups aside, fans of Cemetery Boys and new readers alike can expect to be swept up in what is, on balance, an enchanting and emotional tale.

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