Another Pan

Another Pan

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by Daniel Nayeri, Dina Nayeri Viergutz
     
 

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A darkness continues to haunt the Marlowe School, and this time, someone is plotting payback. Wendy Darling, a headstrong junior, and her brother, John, a thirteen-year-old genius with a chip on his shoulder, struggle with being from the poorest family at the posh New York academy, where their father is a professor of ancient civilizations. Wendy’s new

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A darkness continues to haunt the Marlowe School, and this time, someone is plotting payback. Wendy Darling, a headstrong junior, and her brother, John, a thirteen-year-old genius with a chip on his shoulder, struggle with being from the poorest family at the posh New York academy, where their father is a professor of ancient civilizations. Wendy’s new boyfriend, socialite golden-boy Connor Wirth, offers a solid step up in popularity, yet ambitious Wendy and John still find themselves longing for something more. When the Book of Gates, a mysterious tome of fabled origins, appears at Marlowe along with Peter, a dashing new resident adviser with a murky past, the Darlings are swept into a captivating world of “Lost Boys,” old-world secrets, and forbidden places. The book opens the door to a hidden labyrinthine underworld where Egyptian myths long thought impossible become frighteningly real. Suddenly, Peter, Wendy, and John find themselves captive in the lair of an age-old darkness, trying to escape the clutches of an ancient and beautiful child-thief who refuses to let go.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Judith A. Hayn
Wendy Darling is a junior at New York City's prestigious Marlowe School. Her precocious brother, John, is entering Marlowe early—at thirteen—so he can graduate in three years. Their father, George, is a somewhat befuddled ancient history professor at the same school; the trio, having been abandoned by the mother, lives in near-poverty in shabby campus housing. The British Museum has loaned Professor Darling several obscure ancient Egyptian artifacts relating to his specialty. Any reader expecting a Disney or Broadway version of Peter Pan will be disappointed as this is a dark and often terrifying continuation. Peter returns as a boisterous and selfish resident assistant still seeking eternal youth; joining him are his sexy loyal side-kick Tina and several Lost Boys. The quest is framed by five legends contained in the exhibit's Book of Gates, stories of mummies who were embalmed and never died. Their bone-dust can become Peter's veritable salvation. Peter, Wendy, and John enter the underworld that slowly engulfs Marlowe in a series of frightening adventures as they strive to prove that the curse of the mummies exists with all of its horrific implications. The allusions are myriad, but dedicated fantasy readers will not find them distracting as they follow Wendy's emergence as a compelling heroine seeking her own identity. Reviewer: Judith A. Hayn
Children's Literature - Janice DeLong
Brother and sister writing team Nayeri lend to this brother and sister novel authenticity with which all who have siblings can relate. Struggling to fit in at Marlowe, the exclusive boarding school where their father, Professor Darling, teaches, Wendy and John will find a home in the hearts of most adolescent readers. John desperately seeks approval through social media and his own frail attempts at image building. Wendy, on the other hand, is much more consumed by playing the mother role since their mother has chosen to take flight. Having their father be the almost cliche flighty professor of Egyptology is not helpful in appearing cool—especially since both Wendy and John actually are interested in the subject. When an ancient exhibit arrives for a showing at the school, portals to the underworld arrive with it, unknown to the vulnerable Darling family. Readers who are well versed in the J.M. Barrie classic from which characters and even some plot points spring will find mesmerizing the intrigue created by the entirely new approach to staying forever young created here by the Nayeri team. For those who like a bit of romance sprinkled through their mystery, there is a provocative relationship that is not exactly a triangle, but unsettling, just the same. Readers who are fortunate enough to purchase a copy of this title with a dust cover should study it carefully, for therein lie clues to the action within. Moths, mummies, and mysterious school nurses spice up this already compelling story. Reviewer: Janice DeLong

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763637125
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
10/26/2010
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
1,257,962
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile:
850L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Daniel Nayeri has held many book-related jobs, including editor, literary agent, and children’s librarian. He is also a professional pastry chef and award-winning stuntman. His sister, Dina Nayeri, is a former teaching fellow in economics who holds both an MBA and a master’s of education from Harvard University. Both were born in Iran and now live in New York City and Amsterdam, respectively.

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Another Pan 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Burg More than 1 year ago
I have to give it to Daniel and Dina Nayeri, they have really impressed me with their creative ability when it comes to retelling classic stories. First with Another Faust and now taking the well known Peter Pan and making it their own. I'm a huge fan of the classics so I usually love a good retelling and Another Pan was no exception. When Peter Pan and the Lost Boys, old Egyptian curses and lore, and a posh New York school are combined, readers will find themselves in for an incredible adventure. One of my favorite elements in this story was the attraction and chemistry between Wendy Darling and Peter (a new resident advisor at Marlowe). In the classic this pairing is hinted at but never actualized so it was fun to see the take the Nayeri's took on this. What girls wouldn't fall for Peter right? He's charming, handsome and incredible witty and Wendy falls hook, line and sinker for him. His obsession with eternal youth seems to be his only downfall. While I enjoyed Wendy and Peter's interaction, her brother John did at times bother me. His humor and slang became somewhat irksome and I must admit he was not a favorite character of mine. But the lost boys did make up for my lack of enthusiasm over John Darling. Their texting of "happy thoughts" and their overall part in the story had me smiling a good bit of the way through. While this book was the second in the Another series, I don't think that it's necessary to read Another Faust first. Some of the original characters pop up and make reappearances in this installment but this story is very must a stand alone. It was full of adventure, romance, difficult quests and hard decisions and it was so much fun to be taken on the ride. I think for the most part old fans of the original classic will not be dissapointed for insulted, as is sometimes the case with retellings. I can't wait to see what's next in the Another series.
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xomehbabyxo More than 1 year ago
I've read both Another Faust and Another Pan, and I think that Another Pan was a little weird, and the plot was jumped into too soon. I would've liked to see some development between Wendy and Peter before she just ultimately jumps in to help him. I think that Nayeri may have strung along the plot a little too soon when it could've been developed more; however, I think the characters created here have a similar resemblance to Disney's creations.
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Stephanie Vasc More than 1 year ago
its so good and even better if you read the first book another faust (which if you didnt read its okay the book just makes connections in this one with other charecters which is cute and cool) but i wish i could give it more stars this story is like a dark peter pan!
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chrisrobin06 More than 1 year ago
Gr 7+ Finally Peter Pan comes to the 21st century. With his band of Lost Boys (or LBs as they are called) and 21st century gadgets the authors masterfully combine a classic tale with modern life and technology and most importantly edgy use of Egyptology. Peter Pan fans and non-fans alike will love this book. George Darling, father of teens Wendy and John (no Michael), is a professor of Egyptology at exclusive New York Marlow school, where Wendy and John attend. Peter, a new RA at the school, is chasing the elusive "Book of Gates" that Professor Darling is using in a school exhibit. This book explains the 5 legends of ancient Egyptian mummies and is the key to finding the sought after 'bonedust.' This bonedust renders humans immortal and Peter wants it. Peter, Wendy and John embark on an adventure likened to the tales of Percy Jackson, but with a little romance thrown in. Perfectly timed for middle and high school readers it has everything a reader could want.