Book Review: Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook (Christina Henry)

Screen Shot 2017-07-04 at 9.47.30 AM.pngI am always a fan of a re-telling.  I love seeing how an author can manipulate a most loved story and turn it into something completely different.   I am familiar with and have read plenty of retellings, but, for the most part, had read them for use in my classroom. I was very excited to read one for fun. Enter, Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook by Christina Henry. A story that gives a twist on the classic Peter Pan tale and shows Peter as a villainous, evil mastermind who manipulates the lost boys and eventually creates his greatest enemy.

Told through the perspective of James, who eventually becomes Captain Hook, we see how Peter’s world of make believe and magic was a farce and the island (known as The Other Place) was truly filled with darkness and danger. The Lost Boys were not a family, but really waiting for their turn to be Peter’s favourite. This one really gave off a Lord of the Flies vibe, which I felt was really interesting.    Continue reading “Book Review: Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook (Christina Henry)”

BOMG Book Review: New Boy (Tracy Chevalier) @Tracy_Chevalier @PenguinCanada

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As an English teacher, it is a bit of a no-brainer that one has to learn to like or at least learn to accept Shakespeare.   I have come to love the work of the bard, but some of my teenaged counterparts would disagree with me. It isn’t easy to make a group of teens translate this vernacular.   I was so surprised that I had never heard of the Hogarth Shakespeare series before. Where am I living? Under a rock??

Making Shakespeare more relevant and accessible to today’s society, I was so excited to read New Boy, by Tracy Chevalier, which was a play on the Shakespearean classic, Othello.

I wasn’t sure what to expect going in as I hadn’t read any of the other titles I this series and have read some pretty awful Shakespeare retellings over the year, but, I must say, after finishing this book, I was impressed.
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