This is the New York Times bestselling prequel to J. M. Barrie's beloved classic Peter Pan. Discover the origins of Peter Pan in this swashbuckling tale! When Peter, along with his fellow orphans, boards the Never Land, it is only the start of his adventures. Befriending Molly, he discovers a treasure chest of starstuff - the most magical ...
This is the New York Times bestselling prequel to J. M. Barrie's beloved classic Peter Pan. Discover the origins of Peter Pan in this swashbuckling tale! When Peter, along with his fellow orphans, boards the Never Land, it is only the start of his adventures. Befriending Molly, he discovers a treasure chest of starstuff - the most magical substance ever known to man. Peter and Molly must stop it falling into the hands of a dastardly (but eerily familiar) pirate and his murderous crew. Shipwrecked, helped by mermaids, captured by savages and attacked by a giant crocodile - will they ever succeed? It is a must for Peter Pan fans (young or old)! These action-packed, magical adventures with black-and-white illustrations are absorbing and fast paced. A film of the book is currently in development, with Gary Ross (director of The Hunger Games) named as the director! You can read the whole series: Peter and the Shadow Thieves (9781406351842) and Peter and the Secret of Rundoon (9781406351835).
Loved it! and I can't stop with this one. I'm on to finish the rest of the series.
Apr 6, 2009
A Disappointment Masquerading as a Prequel
I had highly anticipated reading Peter and the Starcatchers. After all, it's a prequel to my favourite book of all time! I was fairly pleased for the first two chapters of the book. Peter swaggered like Barrie's Peter Pan. But after those first two chapters, things went downhill. I don't even think that Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry read the original book, Peter Pan. It's like all they did was watch the Disney movie (which wouldn't surprise me, considering the book is put out by Disney). The story read like it was meant to be the screenplay of a movie. A movie whose humour relied on slapstick "comedy," no less. In "Starcatchers," Neverland has been relocated to an island in the South Seas (inhabited by Polynesians, not Redskins). Peter's character is far from Peter Pan's real character. Peter never even spent any time in Kensington Gardens with the fairies (as Peter Pan did in the original). There are countless other little blunders that make "Starcatchers" unenjoyable to a Barrie lover. And to any serious reader, "Starcatchers" is too immature to be a fun read. If you want to read a book about Peter Pan that's not by Barrie, read Peter Pan in Scarlet. Though it, too, has problems (mainly in plot), it is, at least, true to the original and has lovely writing to boot. Don't waste your time with "Peter and the Starcatchers."
Publishers Weekly, 2006-05-08 "Bestselling adult authors Barry and Pearson imagine a rollicking adventure as a prequel to J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan," wrote PW. Ages 10-up. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2004-08-23 Bestselling adult authors Barry and Pearson imagine a rollicking adventure as a prequel to J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan. Those curious about how Captain Hook lost his hand, why Peter never ages and can fly, and how a band of boys came to live in Never Land, will be sated by the magic-dusted plot points and the lively pirate confabulation here. As the novel opens, Peter and several others from St. Norbert's Home for Wayward Boys are shipped off on the ship Never Land to be servants to the cruel King of Rundoon. On board, Peter meets Molly Aster (sharp readers will surmise she is an ancestor of Wendy), who reveals herself to Peter as a Starcatcher and imparts secrets of certain falling stars and the precious "starstuff" cache below deck. But all is not smooth sailing, as pirate Black Stache and his mates (including Smee) get wind of the treasure. Several sea chases and battles and a couple of shipwrecks later, all the key players end up on the island of Mollusk. As all sides try to obtain the gold-glowing contents of the trunk, talking dolphins and a giant crocodile also make the scene. The tale contains a few too many skirmishes over said treasure, but the authors keep the pace brisk and the chapters brief, employing humorous exchanges (e.g., Black Stache "had a real soft spot for his ma, and was truly sorry for the time he'd marooned her"), slapstick action and flying, of course. Peter Pan fans will find much to like in a what-if scenario that pays respectful tribute to the original. Ages 10-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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