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Sisters of the Neversea

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Engaging, stereotype-busting return to Neverland.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Don't waste your time or your money.

I was reading this book to my kids as part of our brave writer curriculum. The book was chosen for 11-year-olds and it definitely feels inappropriate. The child-like cover is deceiving. The book follows a prideful Lily and Wendy in a retelling of peter pan. Peter is portrayed as a completely vulgar and manipulative monster. There are many racial slurs. There is vulgarity in terms of implying Peter kills lost boys as they reach their teen years. Also, Peter sport-hunts Tigers and tosses their bloody heads onto the table to celebrate which is when Belle (Tinkerbell) becomes angry and they become vulgar with profane language I definitely didn't feel comfortable reading aloud and then attempted physical violence towards each other. I had to stop here and put the book away. We will not be continuing it. Please beware.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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If you loved the adventure but hated the racism and sexism of the original Peter Pan, you're not alone. So did author Cynthia Leitich Smith, who spins a beautifully written return to Neverland here. The Sisters of the Neversea face a lot of challenges, from their parents' impending split to dealing with Peter Pan (who's now 100 years older, but hardly seems to have aged a day) and the havoc he's been wreaking on Neverland and its inhabitants. Expect much peril, much emotional relatability, much respect for cultural traditions, and strong messages about building bonds that survive life's turmoil.

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