Burgundycrab, January 6, 2013 (view all comments by Burgundycrab)
Fun first book in this creative series. To learn how Peter and the lost boys came to be and why Captain Hook hates them so. Adventure so well written. Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson paint a wonderful picture in your head that makes you wanting more.
Michael Jung, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by Michael Jung)
A great re-imagining of the Peter Pan story that takes readers back to the days BEFORE Peter became the eternally young flying boy of legend. This version offers a slightly more science fiction-based explanation for Peter's abilities, yet is no less magical as Peter and his friends learn to fly, talk to porpoises, and evade dangerous pirates. It's a fun, tension-filled book that grips the reader from beginning to end -- and leaves them eager for the multiple sequels in this amazing series.
Amy Volker, September 12, 2011 (view all comments by Amy Volker)
As an adult, I am finding that the book series in the Young Adult/Teen sections are just as engaging and suspenseful as any adult series that I have read. After reading the Harry Potter series, I was looking for another great series to sink my teeth into. I am a huge Disney fan and read the back of this and thought what an interesting concept to take the storyline of Peter Pan and start fresh. I loved Gregory Maguire's books and the twists that he does on tales (Wicked; Mirror, Mirror), so I thought I would try this series. I absolutely love this book! It's a new take on how Peter became the Peter Pan that we all know and love. It's a thrilling and suspenseful story and the beginning of a wonderful series. For adults, I highly recommend looking at the Kids sections for some great stories and series.
Shoshana, June 22, 2009 (view all comments by Shoshana)
This Peter Pan prequel/back story should be enjoyable, but I found it a slow, unengaging read. I was abstractly interested in the plot and the illustrations are lovely. It's much better written than, say "Inkspell" or the Charlie Bone books. It may be how interchangeable and indistinct most of the characters were, especially given that so many were demographically similar--problematic captains with dumb but loyal sidekicks who are both called "idjit," and several boys who can be told apart only because the fat one whines. There were some statements of feelings, but I never felt emotional immediacy or identification with the characters. The plot seemed overly complex for the readers' target age. All that said, however, it was an interesting enough start that I'll probably read the next one.
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Heather Hardman, March 22, 2009 (view all comments by Heather Hardman)
I read this book aloud to my 6 and 11 year olds in 4 days. That is quite fast for a 450 page book. Our speed attests to its excitement and entertainment value. At the end of each chapter, my daughter would beg for more, more, more. When we took to book to a meeting to read, other children and parents had many good things to say about it, too. Just be ware of adapting pirate lingo into your adult conversations... don't call anyone and idjit or mate or they may think you're strange.
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Peter and the Starcatchers is a nearly perfect, swashbuckling adventure that's sure to please girls and boys alike. A brilliantly conceived prequel to Peter Pan.
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"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.) " Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by Cecelia Goodnow, Seattle Post-Intelligencer,
"A 452-page romp that's so fun and fast-paced, kids will get whiplash from turning the pages."
by Sue Corbett, Miami Herald,
"With swashbuckling action, constant peril and lots of fun-to-mimic pirate talk... Peter and the Starcatchers is just the kind of book parents would enjoy reading, a few chapters at a time, to their kid....This is a book chockablock with funny bits and derring-do."
by Booklist (Starred Review),
"[A] rousing tale....The real lure is the richly drawn characters, especially the villains....[V]ery short chapters make it manageable for younger readers, and the nonstop action will keep the pages turning. This deserves the hype."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"[A] compulsively readable prequel....This doesn't capture the subtler literary qualities of its progenitor, but readers drawn by authorial star power or swashbuckling will come away satisfied."
Don'teven think of starting this bookunless you're sitting in a comfortable chair and have lots of time. Afast-paced, impossible-to-put-down adventure awaits as the young orphan Peterand his mates are dispatched to an island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. Theyset sail aboard the NeverLand, a ship carrying a precious and mysterious trunk inits cargo hold, and the journey quickly becomes fraught with excitement anddanger.
Discoverrichly developed characters in the sweet but sophisticated Molly, the scary butfamiliar Black Stache, and the fearless Peter. Treacherous battles withpirates, foreboding thunderstorms at sea, and evocative writing immerses thereader in a story that slowly and finally reveals the secrets and mysteries ofthe beloved Peter Pan.
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