FICTION

Dust

Enclave. Jul. 2020. 368p. Tr $22.99. ISBN 9781621841265.
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Gr 8 Up–Claire Kenton has been searching for her twin brother since he disappeared six years ago. No one believes that he was kidnapped but Claire knows Connor wouldn’t have left her. Claire has a hard time getting close to people, especially since the dust that falls from her skin killed their last foster mom. Knowing how fascinated Connor was with Peter Pan, she takes off for London, where he was last seen. Unbeknownst to Claire, Neverland and Peter Pan are real and darker than she could ever imagine. Peter Pan is stuck in London with no way of returning to Neverland and aging by the day. He spends his days hiding from the Lost Boys, who have partnered with Captain Hook and his pirates. Feeling the loss of Tinkerbell, he works with Tiger Lily to figure out how they can return to Neverland. When Peter learns about Claire and the magic living within her very skin, he knows she’s the key to returning to Neverland. The problem is how much she dislikes Peter Pan, and how little she believes in herself. Claire has realistic struggles, including having attempted suicide before the story begins. The book ends on a cliffhanger, setting up for a sequel. Most of the main characters are white, and Tiger Lily has ebony skin.
VERDICT This twist on Peter Pan weaves in a little romance and some action and adventure.

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