16-year-old Wendy Davies crashes her car into a lake on a late summer night in New England with her two younger brothers in the backseat. When she wakes in the hospital, she is told that her youngest brother, Michael, is dead. Wendy, once a rational teenager, shocks her family by insisting that Michael is alive and in the custody of a mysterious flying boy. Placed in a new school, Wendy negotiates fantasy and reality as students and adults around her resemble characters from Neverland. Given a sketchbook by her therapist, Wendy starts to draw. But is The Wendy Project merely her safe space, or a portal between worlds?
- “Ethereal and haunting.”—KIRKUS REVIEWS
- “A masterpiece.” —David Gallagher, author of The Only Living Boy
- “This unexpected gem stands out among latter-day versions of Peter Pan thanks to its embrace of genuine emotion and psychological gravity.”—LIBRARY JOURNAL, Starred Review
- “Heartbreak spreads through every corner of Osborne and Fish’s gorgeous tale, where splashes of color serve as glowing metaphors for change, self-discovery, and pain. THE WENDY PROJECT breaches the gap between real-world tragedy and the lure of fantastical places like Neverland, where the self can be left behind.”—Samuel Sattin, author of The Silent End and Legend
- “A thought-provoking, poignant look at adolescence.”—SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
- “Powerful.” —ICv2