Throwback Thursdays #5- Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

Dear friends,
Ahh! The productive days that are sans blogging have left my brain to the equivalent of deranged ramblings. Blame the unholy witchcraft that is MIDTERMS.

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But that’s okay. I’ve got my trusty sidekick Peter to procrastinate with.

From the dark days of pre-blogging:

Rating: 4.5/5

Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson:

1. Peter and the Starcatchers
First Published: 2006

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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 immerses the reader in a story that slowly and finally reveals the secrets and mysteries of the beloved “Peter Pan.”

(Goodreads)

2. Peter and the Shadow Thieves
First Published: 2006

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In this riveting and adventure-packed follow-up to the award-winningNew York Times bestseller Peter and the Starcatchers, Peter leaves the relative safety of Mollusk Island – along with his trusted companion, Tinker Bell – for the dark and dangerous streets of London. On a difficult journey across the sea, he and Tink discover the mysterious and deadly Lord Ombra, who is intent on recovering the missing starstuff – celestial dust that contains unimagined powers. In London, Peter attempts to track down the indomitable Molly, hoping that together they can combat Ombra’s determined forces. But London is not Mollusk Island; Peter is not the boy he used to be; and Lord Ombra – the Shadow Master – is unlike anything Peter, or the world, has ever seen.

(Goodreads)

3. Peter and the Secret of Rundoon
First Published: 2007

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In this action-packed conclusion to the Starsearchers trilogy, Peter and Molly find themselves in the dangerous land of Rundoon, ruled by the evil King Zarboff, who takes great delight in watching his pet snake, Kundalini, consume anyone who displeases him. But that’s just the start of the trouble facing our heroes, who once again find themselves pitted against the evil shadow creature, Lord Ombra, in a struggle to save themselves and Molly’s father – not to mention the entire planet – from an unthinkable end. Meanwhile, back in Never Land, a tribal war is under war, and while Peter is off fighting to save the world, a young Mollusk princess has no choice but to join forces with sinister pirates to save her island from the vicious Scorpions.

(Goodreads)

4. Peter and the Sword of Mercy

First Published: 2009

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The year is 1901–it’s been twenty-three years since Peter and the Lost Boys returned from Rundoon. Since then, nobody on the island has grown a day older, and the Lost Boys continue their friendship with the Mollusk tribe, and their rivalry with Captain Hook. Meanwhile in London, Molly has married George Darling and is raising three children: Wendy, Michael, and John. One night a visitor appears at her door; it’s James, one of Peter’s original Lost Boys. He is now working for Scotland Yard and suspects that the heir to England’s throne, Prince Albert Edward, is under the influence of shadow creatures. These shadow creatures are determined to find a secret cache of startstuff which fell to London many centuries ago. The starstuff is hidden in an underground vault which has only one key: the Sword of Mercy, a legendary weapon kept with the Crown Jewels. Molly is determined to help, but when she suddenly goes missing, it is up to her eleven-year-old daughter, Wendy, to keep the starstuff out of the Others’ clutches. She has heard her mother’s stories of a flying boy named Peter Pan, and he may be her only hope in saving the world from a shadowy doom…

(Goodreads)

I know that there are a lot of fairytale adaptations out there, but Peter and the Starcatchers is definitely one of the best. The ingenious authors that came up with this have developed/complicated the characters and plot so that as their readers got older the story would grow with their age group as well, and as a result,  never lost its spark.

If you think it’s just a children’s book, well, never say never, ’cause you’re in for quite a ride.

Love always,
The Permanent Monday

 

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One thought on “Throwback Thursdays #5- Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

  1. Death to midterms! I read the first book in this series years ago, too! All I remember is the beginning and the ending…I think 😛 Awesome Throwback 😀

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