Book cover of Sisters of the Neversea

Sisters of the Neversea



Publisher & Publication Year

Heartdrum, 2021

Publisher's Book Page


Cynthia Leitich Smith (Muscogee Nation)

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Floyd Cooper (Muscogee Creek Nation)



Lily and Wendy have been best friends since they became stepsisters, but with their feuding parents planning to spend the summer apart, what will become of their family—and their friendship? Little do they know that a mysterious boy has been watching them from the oak tree outside their window. A boy who intends to take them away from home for good, to an island of wild animals, Merfolk, Fairies, and kidnapped children, to a sea of merfolk, pirates, and a giant crocodile. A boy who calls himself Peter Pan.

Notable Achievements

Publishers Weekly Best Book; Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Book; Bank Street Children’s Best Books of the Year


Publishers Weekly: "A sharp, contemporary retelling of a classic that puts the focus on the Indigenous kids."

Kirkus Reviews: "A refreshing adventure that breathes new life into a classic text."

School Library Journal: "Full of fantastic storytelling, thrills, and humor, this book is a recommended purchase for all upper elementary and early middle school collections."

Booklist: "Smith has brilliantly reshaped the [Peter] Pan story with a modern, inclusive sensibility... An exciting journey in its own right and a necessary 'recommend-along' for patrons seeking Barrie's original."

Educator Guide

This guide to Indigenous literature, created by Andrea Page in association with Heartdrum, includes discussion questions for Sisters of the Neversea as well as a general introduction to the importance of Indigenous books.

Link to Guide

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