It's not easy being the daughter of Captain Hook. Twelve-year-old Jocelyn dreams of following in his footsteps - but her grandfather sends her to finishing school instead. When her father meets his unfortunate end, Jocelyn sails to Neverland to avenge his death. But she hadn't bargained on ticking crocodiles, lazy pirates and a troublemaking boy called Peter Pan.Hook's Daughter is published in the UK on Thursday by Chicken House, and it sounds like a great book for fans of Captain Hook. Thanks to Heidi for writing this guest post for me, and I hope you enjoy reading it!
Top Five Places I’d Like to Visit on the Neverland (and one I definitely wouldn’t)
If we could take a trip to the Neverland, there would be so many places I’d want to explore together. Of course we’d tour Peter’s home under the ground and Tiger Lily’s village, but here are five more places you may not yet be familiar with.
1. Pirate Village
Who wouldn’t like to stroll through a seaside village with buildings constructed of old ships’ parts tilting drunkenly over its cobbled streets, market stalls containing things like fresh fish and blasting caps, and where crowds of pirates were as thick as thieves? Let’s plan our trip for next summer, shall we?
2. The Karnapinae Village, though not for dinner
Oh, how the Karnapinae people love all things English. I’d like to see the way they incorporated their obsession into the design of the village. The king has decorated his stone hut with carvings of teapots and English bulldogs and hung a Union Jack above the doorway. He and his people are wild for English fashion, English customs, and above all, English … cuisine. Being American, I’d be a poor substitute, though to be on the safe side, we’d both better leave well in advance of dinner.
3. The Mysterious River
I hear that the Mysterious River used to run the regular way, but one day it got tired of emptying into the sea without so much as a thank you, ma’am. Now it runs the other direction. Let’s place a pair of little wooden boats in its current and watch them go up the waterfall. Last one to the top is a codfish!
4. Onboard the Hook’s Revenge
One of the best ways to explore the Neverland is by ship, and what better ship than the one Captained by Jocelyn Hook? Ship travel makes it easy to explore all the bits the main island breaks off itself to make smaller island chains, perfect for marooning pirates on. The wild lavender fields of Salmagundi Island are lovely this time a year, though I’d suggest we leave off exploring its sea caves – especially if we hear ticking.
5. A Fairy Ball
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to attend a fairy ball, attended by the lovely Queen Mab herself? We could dance to the sound of a frog orchestra under a starry summer sky. Travel tip: bring your own food and beverages.
Bonus: One place I would not like to visit …
The Black Swamp
This is a place where darkness pools and the things you fear most are pulled right from your head and brought to life. That means we’d have to navigate the thick, oily swamp while being pursued by my fears – dolls, clowns, and giraffes – and whatever it is that keeps you awake at night. Let’s go ahead and skip over this area.
Those are the places I’d love to tour. Where would you like to go on the Neverland?