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Second Star

Alyssa B. Sheinmel

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

A twisty story about love, loss, and lies, this contemporary oceanside adventure is tinged with a touch of dark magic as it follows seventeen-year-old Wendy Darling on a search for her missing surfer brothers. Wendy’s journey leads her to a mysterious hidden cove inhabited by a tribe of young renegade surfers, most of them runaways like her brothers. Wendy is instantly drawn to the cove’s charismatic leader, Pete, but her search also points her toward his nemesis, the drug-dealing Jas. Enigmatic, dangerous, and handsome, Jas pulls Wendy in even as she's falling hard for Pete. A radical reinvention of J. M. Barrie's classic tale, Second Star is an irresistible summer romance about two young men who have yet to grow up—and the troubled beauty trapped between them.

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I can smell the bonfire before I even get out of the car. It’s dusk, and the sun is low on the water. According to my watch, it’s been exactly four hours since I officially graduated high school. But I don’t feel any more grown-up now than I did this morning.
I leave my shoes in the car and step onto the beach. “Congratulations,” I say to no one in particular, to whichever of my classmates are close enough to hear. I’ve never heard the same word so many times in one day.
“Wendy!”
Fiona’s voice rings above the
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Praise for Second Star

"Scheinmel cleverly weaves this modern Peter Pan tale into a suspenseful and achingly poignant odyssey . . . The taut drama with its host of well-drawn characters and layers of mystery in the plot will keep readers guessing." - Booklist "Peter Pan serves as the inspiration for this psychological drama dusted with a touch of magical realism . . . the multiple twists at the end will certainly have readers reconsidering their childhood views of Barrie's classic." - BCCB "A contemporary version of Peter Pan set on California beaches . . . a magical tale about never wanting to grow up." - School Library JournalSecond Star is gorgeous: at once sun-soaked and haunted, elegant and strange. As perfect a book about loss, love, and California as I can imagine.”    —Anna Godbersen, New York Times bestselling author of The Luxe "This retelling of Peter Pan set in the surfing community makes some of its own magic." —Kirkus Reviews "While Barrie's classic transplants neatly to a contemporary surf-culture setting, the parallels come across more as a clever hook than an integral part of the story" -Publishers Weekly  

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Alyssa B. Sheinmel

  • Alyssa Sheinmel was born in California and now lives in New York City. She is also the author of The Stone Girl and two previous YA novels.

  • Alyssa B. Sheinmel
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Second Star

Alyssa B. Sheinmel

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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