Peter and the Starcatchers (Starcatchers Trilogy)

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9781406351828: Peter and the Starcatchers (Starcatchers Trilogy)

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).

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Humorist Dave Barry and suspense writer Ridley Pearson have clearly taken great delight in writing a 400-plus page prequel of sorts to Scottish dramatist J.M. Barrie's beloved Peter Pan stories. The result is a fast-paced and fluffy pirate adventure, complete with talking porpoises, stinky rogues, possible cannibals, a flying crocodile, biting mermaids, and a much-sought-after trunk full of magical glowing green "starstuff." Ever hear of Zeus? Michelangelo? Attila the Hun? According to 14-year-old Molly Aster they all derived their powers from starstuff that occasionally falls to Earth from the heavens. On Earth, it is the Starcatchers' job to rush to the scene and collect the starstuff before it falls into the hands of the Others who use its myriad powers for evil.

On board the ship Never Land, an orange-haired boy named Peter, the leader of a group of orphaned boys being sent off to work as servants in King Zarboff the Third's court, is puzzled by his shipmate Molly's fantastical story of starstuff, but it inextricably binds him to her. Peter vows to help his new, very pretty friend Molly (a Starcatcher's apprentice) keep a mysterious trunk full of the stuff out of the clutches of the pirate Black Stache, a host of other interested parties, and ultimately King Zarboff the Third.

The downright goofy, modern 8-year-old boy humor sometimes clashes with an old-time pirate sensibility, and the rapid-fire dialogue, while well paced, is far from inventive. Still, the high-seas hijinks and desert-island shenanigans will keep readers turning the pages. Greg Call's wonderful black-and-white illustrations are deliciously old-fashioned and add plenty of atmosphere to a silly, swashbuckling story that shows us how Peter Pan came to fly and why he, and his story, will never get old. (Ages 9 and older) --Karin Snelson

About the Author:

Dave Barry is a Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist and author, whose books have been adapted for cinema and TV and whose column appears in more than 500 newspapers around the world. Ridley Pearson is a bestselling crime novelist and was awarded the Raymond Chandler/Fulbright Fellowship in Detective Fiction at Oxford University. They both live in the USA.

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