Sixteen-year-old Wendy Edavene aches for freedom and purpose, but eighteenth-century London has little to offer the daughter of a bankrupt would-be aristocrat. After dark, however, when the candles are snuffed and Father can’t hear, her imagination reigns as she weaves fairy tales for her brothers. Little does she know her life is about to become one. I'm getting mixed feedback about this line, so tell me what you think! After a failed investment, Father drags Wendy, her mother and brothers to the colonies. When their sea voyage goes awry and they are stranded on an island guarded by pirates, Wendy can finally use her wits and intelligence to keep her family intact--and alive. This island has more mysteries than it has flecks of glittering mica, including a boy whose past is the island’s closest guarded secret. Soon, however, Wendy discovers the real reason for the pirates’ interest: the mystical Fountain of Youth. As Wendy embraces the freedom offered by the island, rumors of the Fountain reach England and the navy arrives with cannons blazing. To defend the island, Wendy will need the help of a fierce native princess, a one-handed pirate, and a boy whose heart beats in tune with the island, a boy with wind in his hair and stars in his eyes. If they succeed, she will have a home forever. If they fail, the island, Wendy’s freedom and everyone she has come to care about will be devoured in a cloud of gunpowder and smoke.
TO SAIL THE STARS is a young adult Peter Pan retelling, complete at XXX words, that melds the magic of THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE with the riveting historical fiction of BLACKHEARTS. I am an elementary school teacher with a degree in Early American History. This is my debut novel. Thank you for your consideration,