Author: Wendy Spinale
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publishing Date: May 10, 2016
Forget the story of Peter Pan you know. Because in Everland, the only way to grow up is to survive.
London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived are children, among them Gwen Darling and her siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the ruthless Marauders -- the German Army led by Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer.
Unsure if the virus has spread past England's borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook hunts for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the survivors. He and his Marauders stalk the streets snatching children for experimentation. None ever return. Until the day they grab Joanna. As Gwen sets out to save her, she meets a mysterious boy named Pete. Pete offers the assistance of his gang of Lost Boys and the fierce sharpshooter Bella, who have all been living in a city hidden underground. But in a place where help has a steep price and every promise is bound by blood, it will cost Gwen. And are she, Pete, the Lost Boys, and Bella enough to outsmart Captain Hook?
Wendy Spinale must admit, she has lived an extraordinary life and will forever be grateful for the opportunities she has had.
She was the middle of three kids, her older brother being deaf for as far back as she can remember. At the time, she didn't realize how much that would later impact her life. She was a sign language interpreter for a short time (although she's extremely rusty now), taught her kids to sign as infants, and now she's using that experience in her current manuscript.
During college she was living in southern California working for Disneyland as a Cast Member in the Entertainment Department. She met her husband there who was also a performer. After four incredible years working with the Mouse, they moved to his hometown in the Bay Area.
She eventually got her Bachelor's in Kinesiology and worked in the fitness industry for ten years before a knee injury ended her career. Not sure what to do with her time, she applied to job posting to be an online journalist. She loved writing, but had no experience. She didn't hear back so she wrote up a review about a local restaurant and sent it to them to prove she could do the job. Twenty-four hours later, she was a journalist with AOL Media/Pleasanton Patch.
She spent three great years with them before cut backs forced her without a job again. That's when she started writing her first novel, which went nowhere. Dozens of rejection letters later, she started a second book. A year later she was offered representation by Thao Le from Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency and within another six months she was offered a book deal. Everland (Scholastic) is scheduled to debut Summer of 2016!
Today she lives in the Bay Area with her husband and three sons who are her biggest fans. While they're off at work and school, she bounces ideas off her four-legged, furry family members, Odie and Sammy.
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