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Hook's Revenge

(Hook's Revenge #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  1,225 ratings  ·  281 reviews
Captain Hook's feisty daughter hits the high seas to avenge her father's death at the jaws of the Neverland crocodile in Heidi Schulz's spirited middle-grade debut.

Twelve-year-old Jocelyn dreams of becoming every bit as daring as her infamous father, Captain James Hook. Her grandfather, on the other hand, intends to see her starched and pressed into a fine society lady. Wh
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 16th 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Before I talk about how fun this story is, I have to make two confessions:
1) I have never liked the Peter Pan story (with one exception);
2) I internet-know the author and told her that if I ever met her in person, I would hug her face off and then I did meet her in person last year when she was touring for this very book and I did actually hug her face off. I even have a picture but I'm not going to share it because I don't want you to see how terrified Heidi looks in my vicious embrace because
Mel (Daily Prophecy)

ADORABLE. Delightful. Magnificent. Those are three words that pop up in my head when I think about this book. I want to thank Debby and Daph for the book club meeting, because it pushed me to buy this book despite my book buying ban. This was exactly what I needed.

Jocelyn’s grandfather sends her away to school to make sure she turns into a fine young lady. It doesn’t work out. Jocelyn has always wanted to be a pirate like her feared father Captain Hook. Wh
Catherine Doyle
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I feel like I don't get to use the word 'Swashbuckling' half enough in real life, which is one of the main reasons I wanted to read this book. Well, that and it looked amazing, which it was, as it turns out.

Jocelyn is the daughter of Captain Hook, but she's not exactly living the high-seas lifestyle - instead she's stuck in a boarding school with a bunch of snooty girls and dreaming of life as a pirate. Then, one day, a message reaches her - her father has been killed by a crocodile, and she is
Jen Malone
Aug 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Hooks Revenge tells the story of Jocelyn Hook, daughter of Captain Hook- yes, THAT Captain Hook- who is a not-so-evil-hearted chip off the old block. She is the kind of girl who keeps spiders in her pocket, eschews hair brushes and corsets, and gobbles up adventure novels by the dozen. When a letter from her estranged father arrives, Jocelyn jumps at the chance to ditch finishing school and head "second to the right, straight on til morning." (although her method of transport is a bit more... un ...more
Rachel Gunter
Rating - 3.5

This is the second book I've read this month set in Neverland, but they were both really different so it didn't get repetitive. I loved the storyline of Hook having a daughter, and her avenging him by going after the crocodile. I would have liked to see Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, and Tiger Lily a bit more, but it was still enjoyable. I'll definitely read the sequel when it comes out.
Kate Ormand
Heidi Schulz puts a fun spin on one of the most magical and wondrous fictional lands. I’m a sucker for villains. I really am. So it immediately grabbed my interested at the mention of Captain James Hook! And I loved learning more about him alongside his daughter, Jocelyn, on her quest for revenge.

I liked Jocelyn from the minute she burst on to the page, setting paper boats on fire, swinging a wooden sword, and scouting for enemy ships on the horizon. She’s a dreamer, and an absolute delight. Unf
Emmie Mears
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I felt like a glutton after finishing this book. I'm on deadline and recovering from bronchitis, and somehow this was exactly the best thing for me to read, exactly now, exactly here.

This book is, front to back, a complete and utter delight. I don't read much YA or middle grade at all, but this is a book I wish I could go back in time and hand to a young Emmie, who DESPERATELY wanted a hero like Jocelyn to look up to and emulate. As a child who was always cutting her own hair and looking for the
Feb 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Jocelyn Hook is a tomboy, who dreams of following her famous pirate father, Captain James Hook. But, she is sent to a prissy girls school to learn manners, but her behavior and consorting with a young orphan boy gets her expelled. Meanwhile, a letter arrives from her father asking her to slaughter Neverland's famous crocodile, who has killed him so she heads off to adventure. The rag tag group of pirates are funny as are the Lost Boys, but I wanted to punch the narrator repeatedly. So obnoxious. ...more
5 freaking amazing stars

I don't even think I can recall the last time that I've been so utterly freaking delighted about a book - that I loved every minute of it and happily put it on my "everything-i-wanted" shelf on Goodreads. Hook's Revenge, Heidi Schulz's amazing middle grade debut, completely swept me off my feet. I'm head over heels for a book... and a middle grade book at that. You know what, don't even read my review, I can't do this book justice - just go buy this book right now.

Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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I absolutely adored Hooks Revenge. It is a very sweet story about a girl that longs for her mother, father and a little adventure in her life. I loved Jocelyn's seemingly look of "wide-eyed innocence," while at the same time she is brandishing swords, carrying spiders in her pocket, and coming to the dinner table with "twigs in her unruly dark curls, muddy knees, and grass stains on the seat of her pants." Jocelyn was such an endear
4.5 stars.

This book was terrific. I finally have a new kick-ass heroine to add to my list! Jocelyn is just a wonderful character. While she is a total tomboy, she also doesn't mind girly things at times.

The book starts off with an introduction and takes place at Jocelyn's grandfather's place, then in the second part of the book we are at a boarding school/finishing school and lastly we are finally in Neverland!

Jocelyn is totally awesome, I really like it when girls kick some ass, and she is rea
Louise Galveston
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'd been looking forward to reading Hook's Revenge from the first time I'd heard of it, and I was certainly not disappointed. In fact, this witty saga about the adventures of Jocelyn Hook (yes, HIS daughter) was every bit as smart and hilarious as I'd expected. What I didn't expect was to shed a few tears over the fate of the heroine, and to be treated to so much beautiful language and description.

This is a lot more than a mere "hardy har har" pirate comedy. This is rich--a real treasure. Althou
Crystal | decorating.reader
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
COMPLETELY in love with this book!! It was so cute and SO much fun. I am such a fan of anything to do with Peter Pan and Hook stories and this one did not disappoint! It had a lot of the original characters plus a whole crew of new ones! We even got new fairies!! Can not wait to dive into The Pirate Code!!
Barb Middleton
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, adventure
Heidi Schulz mirrors J.M. Barrie's, "Peter Pan," using a narrator that interrupts the story and gives adult-like comments as a satire on society's views. However, Barrie's narrator satires parenthood, keeping up appearances, and wanting to be special, (to name a few), while Schulz's narrator is light in tone and pokes fun at etiquette, manners, and finishing schools. Peter Pan is a boy that lives in childhood for eternity. Peter staring through the glass window of the nursery listening to Mrs. D ...more
If this was a bit shorter then this would have got a higher rating, it is a nice idea for a book but the middle of the story, the coming of age part, drags, so much so that we got distracted and read another book for a break.

It is an interesting story, Captain Hook had a child, she currently goes to a boring school where girls learn to be proper, unfortunately she has too much pirate blood in her to fit in. Eventually she ends up in Neverland she the reader gets to meet new characters and visit
Ms. B
Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fairytale, 2020, childrens
A female pirate story. This story about Jocelyn Hook, Captain Hook's daughter was a lot of fun!
Fans of books like Liesl Shurtliff's Rump, Gerry Swallow's Blue in the Face: A Story of Risk, Rhyme, and Rebellion, or any of the twisted fairy tales by Adam Gidwitz (i.e. A Tale Dark & Grimm) will want to give this a try.
Michele Benson
Aug 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I thought this book was extremely witty and I really enjoyed the descriptive language. "A miasma of overripe fish, gun smoke and unwashed bodies hung in the briny air....For the first time in her life, Jocelyn felt truly at home." This is exactly the kind of book I would have enjoyed reading to my daughter when she was younger. I am looking forward to the next Bee Book. ...more
Nov 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Who doesn't love a spunky protagonist with a (in)famous father, who's determined to escape the confines of polite society and fulfill her destiny as a famous pirate?

Because that's exactly what you're going to get with Heidi Schulz's incredibly fun debut novel, Hook's Revenge.

Schulz introduces readers to Jocelyn, the daughter (a.k.a. "female offspring") of fiercely renowned pirate Captain James Hook. She's a feisty girl who doesn't fit into the mold of polite society, and spends more time tryin
Gina (My Precious Blog)
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Gina (My Precious Blog) by: Debby
Most everyone is familiar with the story of Peter Pan and the nefarious Captain Hook, but I don't think many know Captain Hook had a daughter. Hook's Revenge focuses on the story of Hook's only child, a spirited young gal named Jocelyn Hook. When the story opens, we find the youngster raising the roof at her grandfather's house, where Jocelyn is cared for since a pirates life is no life for a little girl. She's a total tomboy and her grandfather fears she will never be able to find a suitor unle ...more
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Hook’s Daughter was quite a nice reading, I’m not going to say that I loved it because I didn’t, but I enjoyed it a lot… it is kind of
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the most fun MG novels I've read! ...more
Robin Herrera
What a book! I couldn't wait to read this book ever since I heard about it. With the premise of "Captain Hook's daughter, Jocelyn, journeys to the Neverland to exact revenge on the Crocodile who ate her father," how could you resist?

The humor was evident from the first opening lines. A wickedly funny narrator takes charge of this story, and I found myself laughing every time his passages came up. The other thing that was evident was the inventiveness and pure fun of Jocelyn's adventures, which r
Harrison Schwartz
Jun 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get Hook’s Revenge as an ARC from BookCon. The actual book comes out on September 16, 2014. It is Heidi Schulz’s debut novel.

This story is about Captain Hook. Not the Captain Hook from Peter Pan. This story is about Captain Hook’s daughter, Jocelyn, and how she escaped from finishing school and battled the dreaded beast that killed her father, The Neverland’s Crocodile. This is cool because I always wanted to know what happened after Peter Pan defeated Captain Hook. By the
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Love this adventure so very much. Longer review to come!
Michele Knott
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I always enjoy stories with plucky characters - the ones you root for because they aren't perfect. ...more
Jen (Pop! Goes The Reader)
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“There have always been pirates. Why, even as far back as Eve, on the day she was considering whether or not to eat that apple, a pirate was most certainly planning to sail in and take it from her.”

If there’s one thing that twelve-year-old Jocelyn Hook has always dreamt of becoming, it’s a pirate. It does run in her blood, after all. Although she has never met him, Jocelyn’s father is none other than the infamous a
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-2017
What an adorable read! I love retellings or prequel/sequel to famous fairy tales and whatnot. Many of the Peter Pan-esque books I've read have left me going meh (Unhooked and Tiger Lily come to mind) so it was nice to see that this book was based around Captain Hook (whose backstory someone should write because I would totally read it).

Jocelyn is 12 years old and lives with her grandfather, who wishes she were more ladylike. But Jocelyn idolizes her father, the great and feared Captain James Ho
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: personal-library
Hook's revenge is a fun and exciting book. My two sons, age 7 and 10 at the time of reading, absolutely loved it from beginning to end. Jocelyn is an intriguing and entertaining character, the writing is absolutely hilarious, and it has a really great plot that makes sense for the characters and the universe it is set in. full disclosure I do know the author personally, but that did not influence my love of the book. It only made me love the author more ...more
Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it
This is not my usual read, but a book I enjoyed as part of an online book club. A great tale of imagination and adventure. Perfect for any child that loves Peter Pan.
My complete review (with gifs - on my blog @ Dee's Reads

Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

This is the tale of Jocelyn Hook. She's the 13 year old daughter of the infamous Captain Hook, whom she doesn't know. Jocelyn's mother is dead, and her father is obviously busy doing pirate-y plundering and doesn't have any interest in raising a daughter. So that responsibility falls to her grandfather, who is having an incredibly difficult time of it. After many wild encounters and "disgraceful" behaviors, her gran
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NYT bestselling author Heidi Schulzlies to children for fun and profit. She is the author of Hook's Revenge, Hook's Revenge: The Pirate Code, and Giraffes Ruin Everything. Heidi lives in Oregon with her husband, their teen daughter, a terrible little dog, and dozens of dust bunnies. ...more

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