Peter tugged me along and I was getting tired and he said, “Come on, Jamie, just a little more and we’ll be there,” and I wanted to make him happy so he would smile at me again, so I ran and tried to be as fast and quiet as he. “You’ll whip the new boys into shape. “Del won’t last much longer,” I said. I rose and tiptoed carefully over the other boys until I found Charlie. Most of the lads were fine, but Charlie struggled with the small stone knife that one of the older boys had lent him. He seemed to like taunting the Captain better than killing him. Naturally, Peter won. I don’t know why I bothered, because there isn’t a point in saying things Peter won’t listen to anyhow. Those boys ended up in the pirate camp if they made it across the island alive, and became unrecognizable bearded faces, no longer our little friends. Children die, lives are ruined. One of his hands caught me in the chin, just clipped me a bit. “If he’s sick he can stay behind. Several of the newer boys groaned and covered their heads with their arms. The moon was always full here, always looming like a watchful eye. Something went wrong. I have read Christina Henry's two retellings of Alice in Wonderland, and I rather enjoyed these. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 19, 2017. I jerked my head toward the notch. I think this is, as the title says, the story of a child's search for the love of a family. He is spirited, whimsical, and carefree. He would not waste a bit of his life in slumber, even though his life was already longer than most, and he hated the way the rest of us succumbed, dropping like biting flies in the summer heat while he pestered us for one more game. If you're still worried however I recommend reading it first and then seeing if you think she'll be able to handle it. Then he decided the coat was a stupid thing and that it looked foolish on me because it was so big, but I knew he wanted it. I give her my blessing to do it again with a dark retelling of Peter Pan. He said that was why he had me, so I would think about them for him and save him the trouble. Having loved Christina Henry’s Alice & Red Queen books, I couldn’t wait to read more from her. Nod dangled from my hand with his toes just brushing the floor, and he let out a great whoosh of air as Fog’s head caught him just under the ribs. The boys were just playmates to help him pass the time, though none of them knew this. [ just imagining a canon ball ripping through six little boys and leaving their tops barely even attached to their bottoms serious is like WOW how'd you think that up Henry thanks for the nightmares. They scampered to their feet, seemingly none the worse for wear. Christina Henry is addicting. The tree was enormous and completely hollow inside, large enough to fit thirty boys lying side by side on the ground. Not to be outdone by his brother, Nod had promptly gone out and slaughtered one of the big cats that prowled in the mountains on the west side of the island. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020,, Inc. or its affiliates. He had invited us there, had promised us we would be young and happy forever. New York City is being overrun by demons. Through layers of lies, half-truths, spite, and general selfish meanness, the main character emerges into himself, separate from Peter, taking on all the adult responsibilities that Peter refuses to, but are required to run a kingdom. We ran through the streets of the city where I lived, and Peter was so swift and silent I could hardly believe it. He said that on his island you could sleep in the trees and taste the salt from the sea on the air and there was treasure and fun all day long. I didn't find it incredibly violent but I guess it depends on the person and the family. I would never grow up. 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