Sunday, June 9, 2019

"Forever Neverland" by Susan Adrian

Rating: ⭐⭐

This is definitely going to the top of my list of favorite read-alouds for 2019! Packed with page-turning action and adventure and sprinkled with a generous helping of Greek mythology, you don't want to miss this one. My 8 and 11 year old loved it so much they frequently chose reading over screen time and bed times got pushed a little later because I couldn't say no to "one more chapter" since I wanted to see what would happen next just as much as they did!. 

Fergus and Clover are the great grandchildren of Wendy Darling which they only discover after traveling to England to spend a few weeks with their grandparents while their mom studies for the bar exam. The two are quickly swept off to Neverland by the ageless Peter Pan for an amazing adventure that will challenge them on many levels. Fergus especially enjoys Neverland because he can be himself there. He's autistic and is frequently looked at strangely and ridiculed back home in California. In Neverland though, the Lost Boys (and girls) take his quirks in stride and he is treated as one of them. 

Great themes of friendship, compassion and kindness without any questionable language or violence. I highly recommend this story for ages 6 and beyond.

Thank you to #NetGalley and Random House for allowing me to read an advance copy of this delightful story in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own (well...and those of my children).

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