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.

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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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763637125
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
10/26/2010
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
914,538
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile:
850L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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