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Peter and the Starcatchers
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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.
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Street Date:
11/23/2010
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9781423140948
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Lexile measure:
710
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Ridley Pearson. (2010). Peter and the Starcatchers. Disney Book Group.

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        August 23, 2004
        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.

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        October 1, 2004
        Gr 5-9 -This prequel to Peter Pan refers as much to the 1953 animated Disney film as to J. M. Barrie's original play and novel. The early chapters introduce the archetypal antagonists: Peter, leader of a group of orphan boys being sent into slavery aboard the Never Land, and Black Stache, a fearsome pirate who commands a villainous crew. New characters include Molly Aster and her father. Molly, at 14, is an apprentice Starcatcher, a secret society formed to keep evildoers from obtaining "starstuff," magic material that falls to earth and conveys happiness, power, increased intelligence, and the ability to fly. Inevitably, the ships wreck off a tropical island and a trunk of starstuff is temporarily lost. Here, readers meet more familiar characters: the mermaids in their lagoon; the indigenous people who live in the jungle (modern versions of Barrie's redskins); and, of course, the crocodile. The authors plait multiple story lines together in short, fast-moving chapters, with the growing friendship between Molly and Peter at the narrative's emotional center. Capitalizing on familiar material, this adventure is carefully crafted to set the stage for Peter's later exploits. This smoothly written page-turner just might send readers back to the original.-Margaret A. Chang, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams

        Copyright 2004 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        Gr. 4-7. Barry and Pearson, no strangers to the literary spotlight, offer humor and thrills for a young audience in this prequel to Peter Pan. At sea, unwittingly heading toward a perilous fate in a cruel king's court, Peter and a group of fellow orphans become involved in a plot to steal a mysterious star substance that can make people fly. Teenager Molly, also aboard ship, is one of the Starcatchers, those who want to preserve the integrity of the substance and save it from falling into the wrong hands. Alas, there are evil, grabby hands all around, including those of the cruel pirate Black Stache--though by book's end, Stache will have only one. It's not so much the story that's good here, though it's a rousing tale, and to the authors' credit, there are explanations for everything found in the classic story--from Peter's inability to grow up to the name Neverland. The real lure is the richly drawn characters, especially the villains, who exhibit just the right amount of swagger and smirk. The pacing is excellent as well. Although this is a long book, very short chapters make it manageable for younger readers, and the nonstop action will keep the pages turning. This deserves the hype.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2004, American Library Association.)

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        Starred review from September 13, 2004
        Having proven his talent for portraying all manner of colorful British characters with panache, Grammy-winning narrator Dale (the Harry Potter books) serves up another cast of winners on this recording. Authors Barry and Pearson take a wild flight of fancy in co-creating a prequel to J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan
        . Gruff and vain pirates, wicked mermaids, talking dolphins, treasure and magic are at the heart of this adventure tale introducing orphan Peter and a spunky girl named Molly, obviously one of Wendy's ancestors. Dale seems to relish the humor and derring-do of this energetically paced story, which is sprinkled with comic scenarios. Fans of Barrie's original will get a kick out of learning the imagined origins of Neverland, Captain Hook (and his crocodile nemesis) and Peter's airborne prowess. Racing from ship to shipwreck on a mysterious island, listeners will be enthralled, eager to see what comes of the dust-ups and battles between these clashing crews. Ages 10-up.

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        September 1, 2004
        In a story explaining how Peter Pan, the Lost Boys, and Captain Hook all ended up in Never Land, Peter and the boys are orphans, traveling on a decrepit ship to Rundoon, where they will become servants to King Zarboff -- who has a nasty habit of feeding his servants to his snake. Also on board is a girl named Molly, a Starcatcher; Starcatchers are people (and porpoises) who try to prevent "starstuff" (think fairy dust) from falling into the wrong hands. Through a series of unlikely events, the greatly feared pirate Black Stache (so-called for his mustache) captures the Never Land in an attempt to get the "greatest treasure ever taken to sea," but Peter and Molly jettison the chest containing the starstuff just as a huge storm destroys the Never Land. Somehow they all end up on Mollusk Island, where they fight amongst themselves -- as well as with the island's inhabitants and a group of mermaids (created by starstuff) -- to gain control of the treasure. The book is slow and not nearly as funny as it wants to be; too many plot twists and numerous heavily stereotyped characterizations mar what could have been a wild pirate adventure.

        (Copyright 2004 by The Horn Book, Incorporated, Boston. All rights reserved.)

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        January 1, 2005
        In a story explaining how Peter Pan and the Lost Boys (here all orphans) and Captain Hook ended up in Never Land, Peter and the boys join forces with Molly, a Starcatcher. The book is slow and not nearly as funny as it wants to be; too many plot twists and stereotyped characters mar what could have been a wild pirate adventure.

        (Copyright 2005 by The Horn Book, Incorporated, Boston. All rights reserved.)

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