Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

9780786849079

Peter and the Starcatchers
by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Genre: MG, Fairy Tale Re-Telling, Fantasy

Synopsis:

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

Hope’s Review:

4 stars

A unique and updated re-telling of the classic Peter Pan including many wonderful and interesting new characters. Ever wonder how Peter learned to fly? Where Tink came from? How a pirate can lose his arm? Why mermaids were so enamored with Peter? and many other previously unanswered questions.

Peter has lived a long hard life as an orphan but of course he’s not alone. His crew of orphans; including James, Tubby Ted, and others, are with Peter every step of the way. A full cast of Lost Boys, Pirates, Savages and Mermaids to fill anyone’s deepest desires for fairy tales and fantasy. Each chapter is a quick easy read that will have you quickly turning the page to find out what happens next. Just a hint of romance, plenty of sword fights, treasure for some, and lots of belly laughs along the way.

Hope’s Audiobook Review:

5 stars

Jim Dale has a wonderful voice and set-up distinction in each of the characters.

Other Books in the Series:

9781423108559Peter and the Shadow Thieves
9781423123262Peter and The Secret of Rundoon
9781423130703Peter and the Sword of Mercy
9781423160298The Bridge to Neverland

About the Authors:

Dave Barry has been a professional humorist ever since he discovered that professional humor was a lot easier than working.

For many years he wrote a newspaper column that appeared in more than 500 newspapers and generated thousands of letters from readers who thought he should be fired. Despite this, Barry won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary, although he misplaced it for several years, which is why his wife now keeps it in a secure location that he does not know about. One of Barry’s columns was largely responsible for the movement to observe International Talk Like a Pirate Day every year on September 19. This is probably his most enduring achievement.

Barry has written more than 30 books, including the novels Big Trouble, Lunatics, Tricky Business and, most recently, Insane City. He has also written a number of books with titles like I’ll Mature When I’m Dead, which are technically classified as nonfiction, although they contain numerous lies. Two of Barry’s books were the basis for the CBS sitcom Dave’s World, which can probably still be seen on cable TV in certain underdeveloped nations.

Barry lives in Miami with his family and a dog that is determined to urinate on every square inch of North America.

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Ridley Pearson is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 48 novels, divided almost equally between suspense and young adult adventure. Over the years, his work has been published in two dozen languages, and has been adapted by network television and for the Broadway stage.

His research has spanned the globe and included everything from the engine room of a cruise liner, to a nighttime visit to Walt Disney World’s It’s A Small World ride, to a locked-room visit with inmates at a prison for the criminally insane. The real life aftereffects of this research have at various times helped authorities solve a trio of homicides and briefly made Ridley a silent contributor to an FBI task force charged with the manhunt for the Washington D.C. sniper.

An acknowledged workaholic, Ridley’s hobbies include playing in a rock band comprised of other bestselling writers, snowboarding, and scaling the occasional 200-foot tree. He lives with his wife and two daughters in the Midwest.

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