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Title: Nora and Kettle
Author: Lauren Nicolle Taylor
Publishing Date: February 29, 2016
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Genre: Young Adult Historical Fiction
What if Peter Pan was a homeless kid just trying to survive, and Wendy flew away for a really good reason?
Seventeen-year-old Kettle has had his share of adversity. As an orphaned Japanese American struggling to make a life in the aftermath of an event in history not often referred to—the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and the removal of children from orphanages for having “one drop of Japanese blood in them”—things are finally looking up. He has his hideout in an abandoned subway tunnel, a job, and his gang of Lost Boys.
Desperate to run away, the world outside her oppressive brownstone calls to naïve, eighteen-year-old Nora—the privileged daughter of a controlling and violent civil rights lawyer who is building a compensation case for the interned Japanese Americans. But she is trapped, enduring abuse to protect her younger sister Frankie and wishing on the stars every night for things to change.
For months, they’ve lived side by side, their paths crossing yet never meeting. But when Nora is nearly killed and her sister taken away, their worlds collide as Kettle, grief stricken at the loss of a friend, angrily pulls Nora from her window.
In her honeyed eyes, Kettle sees sadness and suffering. In his, Nora sees the chance to take to the window and fly away.
Set in 1953, NORA AND KETTLE explores the collision of two teenagers facing extraordinary hardship. Their meeting is inevitable, devastating, and ultimately healing. Their stories, a collection of events, are each on their own harmless. But together, one after the other, they change the world.
The characters impressions of their fairytale counter parts.
Nora’s impressions of Wendy:
She thinks like me, that I can tell. When she stares up at the sky, I just know we’re seeing the same shapes in the clouds. But she dreams to dream, not to escape a nightmare. She has a lot of growing up to do. I understand her resistance to moving from the nursery, but if that is her biggest problem then she’s lucky. In truth, I envy her and I would give up flying, magic and Neverland in a heartbeat if it meant having a safe and loving family to come home to.
Kettle’s impressions of Peter Pan:
The kids got guts for sure. Taking on pirates and living in the wild. I feel like we have a lot in common with our love of adventure and our need to be free but he seems unfettered by responsibility. These Lost Boys of his, how do they feed themselves? In winter, how do they stay warm? That would wind me up. I need a plan. I need to know where my next meal is coming from. An honestly, if I were him I wouldn’t go around taunting the only grown up who could really hurt me just for a laugh.
Frankie’s impressions of Tinker Bell:
Me an her are the same. Brave, can’t talk ‘proplee’ and we got fightin’ spirit. I think I almost could fly if I thought ‘bout it hard enough. All I’d need is a little of that pixie dust. I have a bunch of happy thoughts I could use to get us goin’. Then I would grab Nora’s hand and fly on outta here fore Deddy could catch us. Then I could save her for once, stead of the other way round.
There are other Peter Pan characters sprinkled throughout the book but I don’t want to give it all away. Look out for Mrs. Darling, Nana, Peter Pan’s shadow, Captain Hook, Tiger Lily and of course the Lost Boys.
She then worked in health research for a short time before having her first child. Due to their extensive health issues, Lauren spent her twenties as a full-time mother/carer to her three children. When her family life settled down, she turned to writing.
She is a 2014 Kindle Book Awards Semi-finalist and a USA Best Book Awards Finalist.
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