Lost in the Never Woods (Hardcover)

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Wendy Darling hasn’t been the same since she was found alone in the woods after missing for 6 months. She has no memory of what happened to her or her missing brothers. When children begin to go missing again, suspicious eyes turn her way. Then Peter Pan shows up. He’s only supposed to exist in the stories Wendy tells kids in the hospital, but here he is. And he’s lost his shadow again. Wendy is once again immersed in old fears and a new determination to find the missing kids and her brothers.

I adore new takes on old stories, and Aiden Thomas has created a wonderful new take on Neverland. Thomas uses this story to explore what it means to grow up, how we can be forced to grow up too quickly, and how hard it is to hang on to the kid you once were. – Izzy

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— From Ardent April Staff Picks


When children start to go missing in the local woods, a teen girl must face her fears and a past she can't remember to rescue them in this atmospheric YA novel, Lost in the Never Woods from the author of Cemetery Boys.

It’s been five years since Wendy and her two brothers went missing in the woods, but when the town’s children start to disappear, the questions surrounding her brothers’ mysterious circumstances are brought back into the light. Attempting to flee her past, Wendy almost runs over an unconscious boy lying in the middle of the road...

Peter, a boy she thought lived only in her stories, asks for Wendy’s help to rescue the missing kids. But, in order to find them, Wendy must confront what’s waiting for her in the woods.

Praise for Aiden Thomas and Cemetery Boys:

“This stunning debut novel from Thomas is detailed, heart-rending, and immensely romantic.” —Mark Oshiro, author of Anger is a Gift

“Aiden Thomas masterfully weaves a tale of family, friendships, and love in a heartwarming adventure full of affirmation and being your best self." — C.B. Lee, author of Not Your Sidekick

About the Author

Aiden Thomas, author of Cemetery Boys, received their MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. Born in Oakland, California, Aiden often haunted Mountain View Cemetery like a second home during their misspent youth. As a queer, trans Latinx, Aiden advocates strongly for diverse representation in all media. Aiden is notorious among their friends for always being surprised by twist endings to books/movies and organizing their bookshelves by color. When not writing, Aiden enjoys exploring the outdoors with their dog, Ronan. Their cat, Figaro, prefers to support their indoor hobbies, like reading and drinking too much coffee.

Praise For…

"A poignant novel about resilience, the magic of childhood, and the impossible choices that survivors often have to make in order to move forward, this will haunt readers long after they put it down—but will also leave them looking up at the stars." — Booklist, starred review

"Absolutely delightful! Lost in the Never Woods is chock-full of suspense, excitement, and nostalgia. Peter Pan is as thrilling and seductive as ever, and Thomas’ heartfelt tale feels as ageless as the legend himself." — Romina Garber, New York Times-bestselling author of Zodiac

"Thomas’s immersive prose and nuanced, trauma-informed perspective add real depth to Barrie’s classic characters. Readers of Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children series and Laura E. Weymouth will settle into this emotionally generous update." — Publishers Weekly

"Thomas brilliantly creates a malevolent tone to what should be a safe small town, crafting a feeling that something terrible is just around the bend.... Characters are well-developed with surprising and emotional story arcs which will leave readers looking at Peter Pan in a whole new light. A captivating mystery that will ­ensnare those who enjoy retellings and ­stories with a touch of magic." —School Library Journal

For Aiden Thomas and Cemetery Boys:
Longlisted for the 2020 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature

"This stunning debut novel from Thomas is detailed, heart-rending, and immensely romantic. Don’t miss this book." —Mark Oshiro, author of Anger is a Gift

"Aiden Thomas' debut novel can't help but charm and captivate readers of all ages, though teen readers will invariably identify with and appreciate the high jinks and emotional vulnerability that make each character and scenario deliciously enchanting." — Booklist, starred review

" 'Scooby-Doo' meets 'Love, Simon' in this inclusive supernatural romance steeped in East Los Angeles Latinx culture." -- New York Times Book Review

"This book is magical, tender, loving, and so so so important. I love it with all my heart." —Mason Deaver, author of I Wish You All The Best

"Cemetery Boys is a celebration of culture and identity that will captivate readers with its richly detailed world, earnest romance, and thrilling supernatural mystery. This delightful debut is a must-read for all paranormal romance fans." —Isabel Sterling, author of These Witches Don't Burn

Thomas marries concept and execution in a romantic mystery as poignant as it is spellbinding, weaved in a mosaic of culture, acceptance, and identity, where intricately crafted characters are the pieces and love—platonic, romantic, familial, and communal—is the glue." — Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Cemetery Boys is nothing short of an astonishing work of art. Aiden Thomas masterfully weaves a tale of family, friendships, and love in a heartwarming adventure full of affirmation and being your best self." — C.B. Lee, author of Not Your Sidekick

"Both the romance and mystery burn slow and hot until the climax... Heart-pounding." —Kirkus

"A story much bigger than the paper that binds it, Cemetery Boys is the tender intricacy we have all been waiting for." —Kayla Ancrum, author of The Wicker King

"Speaking from experience, this is the kind of book that you read and then immediately go force all your friends to read so they can share the pleasure." —Buzzfeed

"A wildly memorable novel." —Paste

"Magical, swoonworthy, and utterly charming." —Bitch Media

"This one is just what your heart needs right now." —TOR.com

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250313973
ISBN-10: 125031397X
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: March 23rd, 2021
Pages: 384
Language: English