Sisters of the Neversea

Cover art by Floyd Cooper; cover design by Catherine San Juan

SISTERS OF THE NEVERSEA by Cynthia Leitich Smith (Heartdrum, summer 2021).

The second star from the right will take them very far from home…

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.

A boy who calls himself Peter Pan.

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Cover Thoughts

Cover Reveal for SISTERS OF THE NEVERSEA by Cynthia Leitich Smith from We Need Diverse Books. PEEK:

“Suggesting Floyd Cooper for the cover artist was a pie-in-the-sky, dream-huge kind of ask. My beloved editor cautioned me that the legendary illustrator was quite busy but agreed to try. Imagine my delight when he embraced the project and so brilliantly brought the characters to life.

“Floyd’s engaging and thoughtful rendering of Lily, Wendy, Michael and their world became a collaborative springboard and inspired me to revisit details of the text to reflect better his vision—and gratefully so.”

Author Insights

“I’m fascinated by the conversation of books over time, especially new stories that talk back to those that are widely considered classics.

“SISTERS OF THE NEVERSEA is one of those books, offering a modern take on J.M. Barrie’s PETER AND WENDY, one that’s centered on its girl characters and told from a decidedly Indigenous point of view. It unpacks the toll of problematic books on children while reinventing Neverland to showcase an exciting, heartfelt story of family, community, hope and Fairy dust.”

About the Illustrator
Photo by Velma Cooper

Floyd Cooper (Muscogee Creek) received a Coretta Scott King Award for THE BLACKER THE BERRY (HarperCollins, 2008) and a Coretta Scott King honor for his illustrations in BROWN HONEY IN BROOMWHEAT TEA (HarperCollins, 1995), both by Joyce Carol Thomas. Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, he received a degree in fine arts from the University of Oklahoma and, after graduating, worked as an artist for a major greeting card company. He now lives in Easton, Pennsylvania, with his wife and children.

June 2021| 9780062869975/0062869973 | Heartdrum | Hardcover | MG Novel | 320 Pages | Ages 8-up