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Aidan and Sarah Cooper have no idea what they're getting into one afternoon when they discover a mysterious coded document in a secret compartment of an antique English desk their father recently bought at an auction. Something about the document seems familiar to Sarah, and that night she realizes what it is: the document seems to be referring to some books she has read-the Starcatchers series, about the origin of Peter Pan. But how could that be? The document seems far older than the books. And of course, the books are just stories.

Curious, Sarah and Aidan begin to decipher the mysterious document. At first it's a game-unraveling the mystery piece by piece, each piece leading them to a new, deeper puzzle. But soon the game turns strange-and scary. Pursued by a being that can take any form and will stop at nothing to get what it wants from them, Aidan and Sarah embark on a desperate, thrilling quest for help-a quest that leads them to some unforgettable people in some unlikely places, including one that's not supposed to exist at all.

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Dave Barry is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author of more than a dozen books, including Dave Barry's History of the Millennium (So Far); The Shepherd, the Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog; Dave Barry's Money Secrets; and Big Trouble. Along with Ridley Pearson, he is the co-author of Peter and the Starcatchers, Peter and the Shadow Thieves, Peter and the Secret of Rundoon, Escape from the Carnivale, Cave of the Dark Wind, Blood Tide, and Science Fair.

Ridley Pearson, in addition to the Peter and the Starcatchers series with Dave Barry, is the award-winning author of Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark, Kingdom Keepers: Disney At Dawn, Kingdom Keepers: Disney in Shadow, Steel Trapp: The Challenge, and Steel Trapp: The Academy. He has also written more than twenty best-selling crime novels, including Killer View and Killer Weekend. He was the first American to be awarded the Raymond Chandler/Fulbright Fellowship in Detective Fiction at Oxford University.

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Rainbow Explorer, September 6, 2014 (view all comments by Rainbow Explorer)
Having read several of the earlier books in the Starcatcher series, I had anticipated this book would be as rewarding as the others. Much to my dismay, I have discovered that the authors (and their corporate sponsor, Disney Corp) have turned this book into an all out advertisement for Walt Disney World. Far worse than that, they've apparently enjoyed so much success with this series of books, they no longer believe it is necessary to come up with a reasonable plot, interesting characters, nor any other crucial feature of an intrinsically meaningful novel. Instead, they opted to created the most superficial, immature, chronically irritable set of characters I believe I've ever encountered. It's obvious, to me, the series is strictly being perpetuated for financial reasons, at this point. There's no prevailing passion, interest, enlightenment, nor inspiration to be found beneath this profoundly boring, ponderous waltz through a series of dry, meaningless "searches".

Instead of dealing with family life common to previous generations, this time the authors decided to create a story involving current teens interacting with Peter and Neverland. To do this, they created a profoundly dysfunctional "modern" family, two siblings who can't interact respectfully with each other under any circumstances, a college professor with the emotional and social skills of a preteen, sick/twisted/extremely superficial semi-romances between several core and side characters, and a wholly unreasonable series of events. When I recall how Peter and Molly (both pre-teens, in the first book) behaved toward each other, their families, and other characters, it's obvious that careful thought, respect, affection, and care were interwoven into those relationships. Now, we're expected to contrast those mature, responsible, intelligent pre-teens of the past, with current supposedly technology-crazed, mentally dull, socially inept, rude older adolescents of today. I clearly get the message that the authors don't respect the teens of the 21st century and know them only superficially, as well.

The parents of these teens aren't interested in each other, nor their kids, while the family doesn't connect with each other except on the most superficial, distant, and indifferent/sarcastic levels, with genuine understanding, insight, affection, tenderness, and support lacking, in nearly every interaction. I've never read a book with such endless streams of sarcastic dialogue before, nor one in which the characters show so little growth or change, throughout the storyline. If this were a school assignment, I'd be handing it back to the authors with instructions to take the whole thing apart and redo it or fail the course, it's so badly constructed, on every level. There are even times that the grammar is incorrect but not in an artistically meaningful way - merely the result of boredom with the project by all who were involved with it, IMHO.

While Peter Pan and the Lost Boys are portrayed as having lived over 100 years, they are so shallowly depicted, one cannot sense that they've grown or matured either intellectually or psychologically, in all that time. While a human who was forever a biological child would not be expected to show any physical changes, it's beyond the realm of reason to believe they wouldn't become far more independent, skillful, and insightful, after having lived in one setting for 100 years. Their IQs would have to be at a very low level, were they to remain forever mentally/psychologically immature, despite a lack of puberty hormones and experiences.

I have no doubt that nearly every potential reader of this book could write a more interesting, creative, heart-warming, inspiring story about how s/he would stumble into a visit to Neverland today, than these authors did. Thankfully, I borrowed this book from our public library so I'm not stuck with this "lemon" on my bookshelf. It's time to give this series its final adieu, authors, before public praise for your work turns to public contempt.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781423160298
Author:
Barry, Dave
Publisher:
Disney-Hyperion
Author:
Pearson, Ridley
Author:
Call, Greg
Subject:
Mysteries & Detective Stories
Subject:
Children s humor
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Edition Description:
TradePB
Series:
Peter and the Starcatchers
Publication Date:
20120605
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 5 up to 9
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
7.625 x 5.1875 in 10.4 oz
Age Level:
from 10 up to 14

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