THE ISLAND OF
REIMAGINING THE STORY OF
PETER & WENDY
Genre: Middle Grade / Fairy Tale / Fantasy
Publisher: Luna y Miel Publishing
Date of Publication: November 9, 2013
Number of Pages: 188
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Peter is still the boy who doesn’t grow up. Wendy is a girl who had to grow up too soon. And Wendy’s brother, Michael, has autism and a connection to The Island of Lost Children, a book for readers 8-12 and any fan of Peter Pan. When Peter leaves his island home, it’s to search for pick-up soccer games and mock sword fights. Wendy spends her evenings looking after her two brothers—sometimes bratty JJ as well as Michael—while her parents work nights. In the midst of several unusual events including the disappearance of her classmate, Lily, at odds with her adoptive mother, Wendy doesn’t realize that Peter’s pirate nemesis is keeping an eye on her. Everything changes for Wendy and her family when a peculiar fairy named Bellatresse helps Peter find the girl whose stories he once listened to outside her bedroom window.
With its quirky humor and occasionally touching moments, The Island of Lost Children is about children creating their own stories, families, and communities, all while swashbuckling, navigating mystical rivers, riding child-made roller coasters, and, of course, sailing high through the open skies.
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Excerpt from The Island of Lost Children
Wendy, Michael and JJ Fly Away
By Kim Batchelor
“I have to go,” Peter whispered. “Call to me if you change your mind.”
“Call to you?” Wendy whispered.
“Call out there.” Peter rose and drifted toward the window, and Wendy watched in shock as Michael, grasping Peter’s shadow, followed him out.
“Take me, too,” JJ said as he let go of Wendy. An arc of embers came through the window and settled on him. He floated upward, drawing in a sharp breath, and twisted in the air letting out a squeal. He swam toward the window and disappeared through it.
“Mom, Dad!” Wendy shouted out, but not as loudly as their voices in the next room. “Mom, Dad,” she said in a low voice, on the verge of tears. She couldn’t let her brothers go alone. She moved toward the open window. “Peter! I want to go, too!”
With another shower of flickers of light, she found herself rising and spiraling and swirling. Before she realized it, the city spread out before her and around her and below her dangling feet. She could not turn back.
Kim Batchelor writes books for children and adults, stories both real and fantastical, foreign and domestic. She has been published in the Texas Observer, The Best of Friday Flash, and local literary journal, Contexas. She teaches creative writing to incarcerated women and lives in Oak Cliff, Dallas, Texas, with a spouse, two dogs, and way too many cats. One of her prized possessions is a busted tambourine given to her by Eddie Vedder. Okay, he tossed it to her in a dark stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, but the real story is never as interesting as the one she makes up.
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