Synopses & Reviews
In an evocative and fast-paced adventure on the high seas and on a faraway island, an orphan boy named Peter and his mysterious new friend, Molly, overcome bands of pirates and thieves in their quest to keep a fantastical secret safe and save the world from evil.
Award-winning authors Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson have turned back the clock and revealed a wonderful story that precedes J. M. Barrie's beloved Peter Pan. Peter and the Starcatchers is brimming with richly developed characters, from the scary but somehow familiar Black Stache and the ferocious Mister Grin to the sweet but sophisticated Molly and the fearless Peter. Page after page of riveting adventures take readers on a journey from a filthy, crime-ridden port in old England across the turbulent seas. Aboard the Never Land is a trunk that holds a magical substance that amazes just a sprinkle, and wounds heal; just a dusting, and people can fly.
Roiling seas and dangerous thunderstorms are the backdrop for battles at sea. Bone-crushing waves eventually land our characters on Prawn Island where the action really heats up.
This impossible-to-put-down tale leads readers on an unforgettable journey, fraught with danger yet filled with mystical and magical things.
"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.)
"[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." Booklist (Starred Review)
"A 452-page romp that's so fun and fast-paced, kids will get whiplash from turning the pages." Cecelia Goodnow, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"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." Sue Corbett, Miami Herald
"[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." Kirkus Reviews
Praise for DEADWEATHER AND SUNRISE (Book One in the Chronicles of Egg series):
Amazon Best Books of the Year 2012
Chicago Public Library Best of the Best 2012
STARRED REVIEW FROM BCCB:
“. . . a high-seas adventure in the grandest tradition, featuring epic maritime battles, elusive hidden treasures, tender romance, and of course, pirates—lots and lots of pirates. The fast-paced swashbuckling will surely satisfy fans of adventure, but it's really Egg's narration that makes this pirate story rise above its counterparts. Wittily observant and self-deprecating, Egg relays the series of absurd events that precede his escape from Deadweather with a fair amount of humor, while his decision to avenge the deaths of his family—despite their mistreatment of him—lends the tale a certain nobility.”
FROM THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE:
“What a wonderful hybrid plot: islands, buried treasure, a lad avenging violence against his family, sea voyages, tourist cruises, real pirates, fake pirates for the tourist trade, and leftover pirates, too maimed for sea work. . . . Egg's flat, fatalistic, practical and hilarious narrative tone keeps this wild profusion of plot elements (and island hopping) in balance in this, Book 1, of "The Chronicles of Egg," making a reader look forward to more.”
FROM KIRKUS REVIEWS:
“Self-deprecating and funny, Eggs first-person account is compelling, and the dialogue and vivid setting, as well as the full cast of quirky characters, make it easy to get lost in this adventure.”
FROM PUBLISHERS WEEKLY:
“In this rousing debut novel . . . Eggs struggle to stay alive takes him from one death-defying scenario to the next with breakneck speed … the overall effect is more comedic than terrifying, as Rodkey combines humor and adventure.”
“[O]ur heros first-person sassiness, smarts, and romantic frustration . . . are absolutely entertaining. Along with some good and gory descriptions (after all, pirates really arent that nice), this introduction to the Chronicles of Egg series is pure fun.”
Praise for NEW LANDS (Book Two in the Chronicles of Egg series):
FROM KIRKUS REVIEWS:
“Eggs narration, fresh and funny as ever, keeps readers engaged with the increasingly complicated plot. Occasionally gruesome, often funny and full of suspense, this one is sure to win Egg some new fans.”
“The plot follows a classic adventure arc but remains nonetheless surprising: the characters never quite behave in expected ways, making unpredictable choices . . . Even though the world is fictional, the portrayal of the Native tribes and their culture and interactions with Egg and Pembroke may make for some interesting comparisons to Robinson Crusoe and Treasure Island.”
Praise for BLUE SEA BURNING (Book Three in the Chronicles of Egg series)
STARRED REVIEW FROM VOYA: "High seas adventures start on the first page of the third installment of The Chronicles of Egg. It is a humorous tale packed with action and adventure. Reluctant readers are sure to enjoy this series. While it is meant for younger readers, older teens will still enjoy this pirate-packed tale."
The Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist teams up with the bestselling author of The Pied Piper for this "prequel" to Peter Pan. Readers will be immersed in a story that slowly and finally reveals the secrets and mysteries of the beloved boy who would never grow up. Treacherous battles with pirates, foreboding thunderstorms at sea, and evocative writing immerse the reader in this story that slowly and finally reveals the secrets and mysteries of the beloved Peter Pan.
Don't even think of starting this book unless you're sitting in a comfortable chair and have lots of time. A fast-paced, impossible-to-put-down adventure awaits as the young orphan Peter and his mates are dispatched to an island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They set sail aboard the Never Land
, a ship carrying a precious and mysterious trunk in its cargo hold and the journey quickly becomes fraught with excitement and danger.
Discover richly developed characters in the sweet but sophisticated Molly, the scary but familiar Black Stache, and the fearless Peter. Treacherous battles with pirates, foreboding thunderstorms at sea, and evocative writing immerse the reader in a story that slowly and finally reveals the secrets and mysteries of the beloved Peter Pan.
Treacherous battles with pirates, foreboding thunderstorms at sea, and evocative writing immerse the reader in this story that slowly reveals the secrets and mysteries of the beloved Peter Pan.
This is a rip-roaring debut
I highly recommend you grab a copy
The best way I can describe it is Lemony Snicket meets Pirates of the Caribbean
, with a sprinkling of Tom Sawyer
for good measure.”RICK RIORDAN
, New York Times
bestselling author of the Percy Jackson series on Deadweather and Sunrise
After narrowly escaping the New Lands, Egg is determined to take down ruthless slave trader Roger Pembroke. But war is brewing among the Blue Sea's pirate gangsand Egg, Guts, and Kira are running out of time to find the Fire Kings treasure and free the Okalu slaves from the silver mine on Sunrise. Can they save Kiras people before Sunrise is plundered by Ripper Joness pirates? Will Burn Healy save the day, or has the legendary captain finally met his match? And will Egg ever win back Millicent from the annoyingly handsome Cyril?
This explosive conclusion to Eggs journey delivers the ultimate combination of humor, heart, and white-knuckle adventure.
The hilarious script for the Broadway play Peter and the Starcatcher
is in the perfect format for performers and theater lovers. Actors will relish the opportunity to perfect the complex dialogue while fans of the play will delight in the humor and intricacies of the text.
About the Author
Dave Barry is a Pulitzer Prize-winning nationally syndicated humor columnist for the Miami Herald
. He is the author of more than a dozen books including Boogers Are My Beat
, Dave Barry's Complete Guide to Guys
, Babies and Other Hazards of Sex
, Dave Barry Slept Here
, Big Trouble
, and Dave Barry Hits Below the Beltway
Ridley Pearson is the best-selling author of fourteen novels, including The Middle of Nowhere, The Pied Piper, Beyond Recognition, No Witnesses, The First Victim, Undercurrents, and Parallel Lies. He was the first American to be awarded the Raymond Chandler/Fulbright Fellowship in Detective Fiction at Oxford University. In addition, he secretly wrote The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer, which was a companion book to the ABC-TV production of Stephen King's Rose Red.