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Review: ALWAYS NEVERLAND by Zoe Barton

Posted by on October 20, 2011
Always Neverland 
Zoe Barton
320 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: October 11th, 2011
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: LIKED

School has only been out for one whole day, and Ashley can already tell her vacation is going to bore her to tears. With her friends out of town and her parents working nonstop, she finds herself alone and with nothing to do–until one night she wakes up and discovers Peter Pan in her bedroom, wrestling with his shadow.

Since his original adventure with the Darlings, Peter Pan has been bringing new “Wendy girls” to Neverland to take care of the Lost Boys. But Ashley’s made of much tougher stuff than the Wendy girls before her–she’d rather befriend the mermaids or fight Captain Hook and his pirate crew. Creating new adventures for her friends, Ashley is bringing change to Neverland … and not everyone is happy about

    It’s almost Christmas and Ashley Darling is left all alone with her babysitter while her parents attend a meeting. That is until Peter Pan, (yes the Peter Pan) comes with Tinkerbell and whisks her off to Neverland, likes he’s done with all the other Wendy girls. But Ashley’s different, she’d rather make friends with the mermaids and cross swords with Captain Hook, then help the Lost Boys with their Spring Cleaning, she thinks Spring Cleaning is like sweeping, dusting, and mopping. When they start Ashley makes cleaning much more fun and adventurous, which Tinkerbell and Tiger Lily aren’t too happy about.

    When I first began reading Always Neverland , I began wondering if I should switch books because it was uninteresting. The only problem in the book that I didn’t like was how Ashley always find something else to do when it comes to fighting. My favorite charactors were the pirates, because they were well… so dumb and ultimately hilarious in their ‘dumbness’. If there had been some pictures in the book it would have made it much easier to understand. The cover of the book is really pretty though. In some parts the story was funny and daring, which I really like.


This review was written by my 11 year old sister, Asma!

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  1. A spin on the Peter Pan story, huh? I like that Ashley seems to be significantly less timid than Wendy. :) It's a bummer Always Neverland didn't completely hook you!

  2. I hadn't heard of this one but it sounds darling (ha ha). That's too bad it was a bit confusing though. I like pictures in those kinds of books as well, it helps break it up and sometimes clears things up.

  3. With four stars, it sounds like it did finally catch your attention! I've always enjoyed the Peter Pan story and like that this one sounds a bit different, with some of the traditional elements. Great review!

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