Another Pan [NOOK Book]

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Sixteen-year-old Wendy Darling and her insecure freshman brother, John, are hitting the books at the Marlowe School. But one tome consumes their attention: THE BOOK OF GATES, a coveted Egyptian artifact that their professor father believes has magical powers. Soon Wendy and John discover that the legend is real-when they recite from its pages and descend into a snaking realm beneath the Manhattan school. As the hallways darken, and dead moths cake the floor, a charismatic new R.A. named Peter reveals that their ...
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Overview

Sixteen-year-old Wendy Darling and her insecure freshman brother, John, are hitting the books at the Marlowe School. But one tome consumes their attention: THE BOOK OF GATES, a coveted Egyptian artifact that their professor father believes has magical powers. Soon Wendy and John discover that the legend is real-when they recite from its pages and descend into a snaking realm beneath the Manhattan school. As the hallways darken, and dead moths cake the floor, a charismatic new R.A. named Peter reveals that their actions have unleashed a terrible consequence: the underworld and all its evil is now seeping into Marlowe. Daniel Nayeri and Dina Nayeri return to reimagine Peter Pan as a twisty, atmospheric, and fast-paced fantasy about the perils of immortality.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 6–9—In this eerie fantasy, the second one set in the elite Marlowe school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the authors interweave Egyptian mythology with the story of a contemporary Peter Pan and a boarding-school counselor with an international gang of teenage boys (the Lost Boys), all of whom have had their right eyetooth pulled out with pliers by Peter's sidekick, Tina. Wendy and John Darling, whose father is a professor and specialist in Egyptian antiquities at the school, discover that the copy of an ancient book, on loan from the British Museum, is magical and creates open gates to the Egyptian underworld. Because they leave a gate open, unresolved evil forces from legends begin to leak into the school. The synthesis of Egyptian mythology and Barrie's story becomes interesting when it becomes clear that the mysterious new school nurse with the damaged eye is connected to both the Egyptian god of the dead and Peter's nemesis, Hook, and that Peter is searching for the secret of eternal youth in the pyramids of the underworld. The authors succeed in creating a sense of danger that builds to a suspenseful climax. Although the setting is somewhat sketchy, with more of a suburban than an urban feel to the school, the characters are fleshed out more successfully, and Wendy's love interests and her competition with Tina will help to hold readers' attention. The authors have left the door open for a third book with their assertion that evil remains in wait in the school basement. Teens who like their fantasy layered and with multifaceted characters will enjoy this thought-provoking read.—Sue Giffard, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York City
Kirkus Reviews

Peter Pan is reimagined and set at the tony Marlowe School in New York. John and Wendy Darling are the children of Marlowe's resident Egyptologist, and Peter is the new resident advisor. In the process of archiving some artifacts for their father, Wendy and John uncover a secret maze that hides bone dust, which Peter uses to stay eternally young. John and Wendy get clues to where they should go in the maze through their father's classroom Egyptology lectures, but a cranky museum curator and an evil woman who poses as the school nurse are determined to stop them. The adventure and Egypt-as-life parallels keep the pages turning, but they sometimes get tangled in the subplots of romance, family and popularity. John, Wendy and Peter, though, are sympathetic characters who make Peter Pan's themes of growth and fear of the unknown come alive. Though this volume stands as a companion, not a sequel, to Another Faust (2009), readers who are unfamiliar with the first book may be confused about the school nurse's true identity. (Fiction. 14 & up)

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: 9780763652104
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 12/7/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 484,303
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • File size: 934 KB

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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  • Posted August 10, 2010

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    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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  • Posted December 27, 2011

    Pretty good--recommended if you like fairytale twists.

    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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  • Posted February 20, 2011

    ahamazing

    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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  • Posted July 2, 2010

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    Readers will rejoice

    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.

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