Another Pan

Another Pan

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by Daniel Nayeri, Dina Nayeri Viergutz
     
 

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In this pulse-quickening sequel to Another Faust, an ancient Egyptian spell is turning the tony Marlowe School into a sinister underworld. Will all hell break loose?

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,

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In this pulse-quickening sequel to Another Faust, an ancient Egyptian spell is turning the tony Marlowe School into a sinister underworld. Will all hell break loose?

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

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:
9781423399513
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
10/28/2010
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.00(d)
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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