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Peter and the Secret of Rundoon (Starcatchers Series #3) [NOOK Book]

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In this action-packed third installment in the Starcatchers series, Peter and Molly find themselves in the dangerous land of Rundoon, ruled by an evil king who enjoys watching his pet snake consume those who displease him. But that's just the beginning of problems facing our heroes, who once again find themselves pitted against the evil shadow-creature Lord Ombra in a struggle to save themselves, not to mention the planet. It's a wild desert adventure, with rockets, carpets, and camels all flying through the air,...
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Overview

In this action-packed third installment in the Starcatchers series, Peter and Molly find themselves in the dangerous land of Rundoon, ruled by an evil king who enjoys watching his pet snake consume those who displease him. But that's just the beginning of problems facing our heroes, who once again find themselves pitted against the evil shadow-creature Lord Ombra in a struggle to save themselves, not to mention the planet. It's a wild desert adventure, with rockets, carpets, and camels all flying through the air, zooming toward an unforgettable climax...
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The reader-acclaimed Starcatchers series roars to an exciting conclusion in this exciting number. In Peter and the Secret of Rundoon, Peter and Molly find themselves stranded in a harrowing kingdom ruled by a sadist who feeds his enemies to his hungry pet snake. Aside from survival, our brave young heroes have other concerns, not least which of which is the demonic shadow creature Lord Ombra, whose malevolence is on a grander scale. A Peter Pan trilogy with wings of its own.
Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
In this final volume of the "Starcatcher" trilogy, Molly and her father join with George Darling, Peter Pan, various lost boys, and even Captain Hook to foil evil King Zarboff the Third, evil scientist Viktor Glotz, and supremely evil shadow Ombra in their plot to use starstuff to destroy not only the entire world, but the entire universe. Barry and Pearson are experienced storytellers, deftly interweaving several suspenseful storylines chockablock with action-packed adventures, converging on a series of just-in-the-nick-of-time climaxes. It is not surprising that young readers flock to their book signings dressed up as pirates. But those who know and love the original Peter Pan will find much of this incarnation of J. M. Barrie's characters unforgivable. How can the elegant and class-obsessed Captain Hook, educated at a famous British public school, who in Barrie's book cries, "Proud and insolent youth, prepare to meet thy doom!" now utter sentences like "there ain't nothing up here to hit" and "Looks like them red-painted savages is heading to the local savage village"? How can cocky Peter Pan obey every order of Molly's father with a meek and dutiful "Yes, sir"? Most of all, how can Peter, "gay and innocent and heartless," who does not even know the difference between a kiss and a thimble, blush while he kisses Molly on the lips? If authors are going to appropriate well-loved classics for their own commercial purposes, they should at least read the original book first. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.
VOYA
The fate of all existence rests in the hands of Peter Pan and his allies in this gripping final installment of the Starcatcher series. After their previous adventures battling pirates and the shadowy malevolent beings known as "the Others," Peter, the orphaned "lost" boys, and Tinkerbell are trying to content themselves with a quiet life on Mollusk Island. When attacked by the savage Scorpion warriors, Peter and his friends escape only to be captured by the evil King Zarboff and brought to the exotic land of Rundoon. While imprisoned, Peter learns the dreadful Lord Ombra, the Others' leader, is still alive and implementing a diabolically dangerous plan to obtain more of the mysterious and powerful "starstuff." Peter also discovers shocking information about his parents and his true identity, and is forced to use his special abilities to help the Others. Meanwhile back in London, Molly, an aspiring member of the noble Starcatchers and Peter's would-be love interest, learns of the Others' threat. Molly and her friend George Darling head to Rundoon to help Peter and rescue Molly's father. Captain Hook and his band of pirates even play an unexpectedly heroic role as they get caught up in the action. This thoroughly satisfying and fast-paced adventure blends humor and drama in a compelling and moving story about friendship and growing up. Although billed as the last book in the series, Barry and Pearson pose enough unresolved questions to create the possibility of further Peter Pan adventures. Reviewer: Amy Luedtke
Kirkus Reviews
In this double-stranded, nearly nonstop close to the Starcatchers trilogy (at least its direct line; the authors are also producing spin-offs), peaceful Mollusk Island is overrun by savage invaders, while Peter, acerbic Tinkerbell and the Starcatchers are away in the North African land of Rundoon battling the darkness-loving Others. For one long pause, the reconstituted shadow-eater Lord Ombra stops to explain in great detail the Others's scheme to rewind the entire universe back to its pre-Big Bang state, and to reveal that the fabulously valuable "starstuff" that falls to Earth occasionally is effluent from "a leak in the plumbing of the universe." Otherwise, it's all one grand and glorious string of captures, escapes and cliffhangers, with a large supporting cast featuring a flying camel, a giant snake, a mad Russian rocket scientist and lots of monkeys. In the end, all's been set right and the main characters are, more or less, in place for the opening of Peter Pan, to which this has all been a prelude. Kudos to Barry and Pearson for a funny, clever, melodramatic romp. (Fantasy. 11-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423140979
  • Publisher: Disney Press
  • Publication date: 11/23/2010
  • Series: Starcatchers Series , #3
  • Sold by: DISNEY PUBLISHING WORLDWIDE -EBKS
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 51,071
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

Dave Barry is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author of more than a dozen books, including Dave Barry's History of the Millennium (So Far); The Shepherd, the Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog; Dave Barry's Money Secrets; and Big Trouble. Along with Ridley Pearson, he is the co-author of Peter and the Starcatchers, Peter and the Shadow Thieves, Peter and the Secret of Rundoon, Escape from the Carnivale, Cave of the Dark Wind, and Blood Tide.

Ridley Pearson, in addition to the Peter and the Starcatchers series with Dave Barry, is the award-winning author of The Kingdom Keepers-Disney After Dark, The Kingdom Keepers-Disney At Dawn, and Steel Trapp. He has also written more than twenty best-selling crime novels, including Killer View and Killer Weekend. He was the first American to be awarded the Raymond Chandler/Fulbright Fellowship in Detective Fiction at Oxford University.

Greg Call has illustrated the entire Peter and the Starcatchers series. He has worked for clients in music, entertainments, and publishing. His work has garnered many honors, including the ADDY Award.

Biography

In the introduction to Dave Barry Is Not Taking This Sitting Down, the author addresses the desirability of his job as a humor writer and syndicated columnist. "It looks so easy!" he wrote. "...Every year, hundreds of thousands of people try their hand at this demanding profession. After a few months, almost all of them have given up and gone back to the ninth grade."

Yes, Barry is juvenile at times -- but he has achieved the kind of success that can only come from combining a juvenile mind with intelligence, timing, and a keen eye for the absurd. Favorite Barry targets include government inanity, dogs, guys, the Internet, and other oddities of life. He also specializes in weird news and urban myths involving UFO hunters, Pop-Tart science, and toilets. Many of these essays feature the line that has become his catchphrase, "I am not making this up." (Unless, of course, he is introducing something serious and daunting such as a book about the federal government, in which case he reassures that he has made everything up.)

Usually, though, he's not making it up. What he's doing is making it very funny. Whether the target is Congress or commercials, Barry refuses to take anything seriously, least of all himself – but he manages to convey some pretty indicting truths in the process. He's a master of irony and visual punchlines, sometimes interrupting himself with lists, snippets of dialogue, or other on-topic digressions. On the subject of turning 50 and dealing with waning eyesight (a "good thing" about aging, because "you can't read anything"), Barry describes finding restaurant menus suddenly printed "in letters the height of bacteria." He continues: "For some reason, everybody else seemed to be able to read the menus. Not wishing to draw attention to myself, I started ordering my food by simply pointing to a likely looking blur.

ME (pointing to a blur): I'll have this.
WAITER: You'll have "We Do Not Accept Personal Checks"?
ME: Make that medium rare."

Barry has had the most successful and prolific publishing career of any working newspaper columnist, and his humor never seems to go out of style. In 1999, he decided to try his hand at fiction. The result was Big Trouble, a comic thriller à la Carl Hiassen (though filled more with gags than guns) that Entertainment Weekly proclaimed "... not only very funny, [but] sure-footed, even-handed, levelheaded, and other leading book review adjectives." In 2004, he and Ridley Pearson collaborated on Peter and the Starcatchers, a clever prequel to Peter Pan that spawned two additional novels and a series of spin-off children's chapter books.

Along with several other published authors, Barry is a member of the musical group Rock Bottom Remainders. In assessing the band's talents, he has been quoted as saying: "They are not musically skilled, but they are extremely loud."

Good To Know

The Rock Bottom Remainders was originally organized by a publicist to perform at the 1992 American Booksellers Association convention. The members -- which include (or have included) Barry, Stephen King, Amy Tan, Ridley Pearson, Barbara Kingsolver, Mitch Albom, and Matt Groening -- even took their show on the road at one point, turning it into the now out-of-print Mid-Life Confidential: The Rock Bottom Remainders Tour America with Three Chords and an Attitude.

Some things never change: Barry was elected class clown by his Pleasantville High School class in 1965.

Barry got his start in journalism at the Daily Local News in West Chester, Pennsylvania, then worked as a business writing consultant before joining the Miami Herald in 1983.

Attempts to convert Barry's humor to the screen have been less than memorable. The early '90s CBS sitcom based on two of his books and starring Harry Anderson, Dave's World, was short-lived; the spring 2002 release Big Trouble, starring Tim Allen, didn't fare well at the box office. Barry did, however, get a cameo in the latter.

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    1. Hometown:
      Miami, Florida
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 3, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Armonk, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A. in English, Haverford College, 1969
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2012

    Anonymous

    This is my favorite book in this series. I read it in one day because I could NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN! IT IS PROBABLY THE BEST BOOK YOU WILL EVER READ. LIKE EVER. SO GET. IT. NOW!!!!!!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2012

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    First off, u are better off with reading the first book or else u will never understand.Second, i highly recommend these books, they are good and adventuresome.I just kinda wished Peter and Molly got married. Oh well....sigh


    Kira C.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    Must read!

    There are some parts in this book where i was laughing so hard i was crying. I have stayed up until 2:30 in the mornig reading this book. This book was never boring and it was never confusing. In the end i was crying and if you read the book you vwould know why. This book really keeps you on your toes while you are reading it. U really just reccomend this book. Great for ages 9-12

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2008

    Not the best

    Personally, I think this book kinda droned on a bit, and it was way to easy to lose focus while reading it. I just didnt get the same vibe I got from the first two. So far, I think the first one is still the best. I'm gratefull for all the answered questions, and unlike most trilogies it ended well with few questions to be answered.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2013

    P

    2 book to me is the best but im onley on the 3 rd but Peter and the shadow thieves is amazing im now reading this one these books answer the questions you have about Peter Pan but have an amazing story behind it...these books have no bad language and no inapropiate stuff I recomend this for all ages!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2013

    posted on january 29 2013

    I was reading this book flipped a page and it was blank flipped again and it was blank again. Whoever made this shuold fix it. this story is great but on my nook it has a problem.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2012

    Very very good

    This book wasso much better than the second book by far! Thrre was a lot mord action and on your toes type moments! I thouroughly enjoyed it and recommend it to anyone of course after u read 1&2.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    Awsome!

    A truly awsome book!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted August 29, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2014

    Read

    What agreat series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2014

    Good book

    No matter how much i love these books it was not my favorite book i like it but i had a hard time reading it when i read the part when the scorpiens attack i-i felt like it was messed up so it was not my favorite book in the series but i still do like the book and thats just my opinin so dont let my opinin get in the way of reading this book because its an amazing book

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  • Posted November 15, 2013

    A must read. Highly recommend

    Another high flying adventure with Peter and the Starcatchers. This adventure has many battles with some very interesting enemies and you find very unlikely alliances.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    Excellent Read!

    Great book, I LOVE this series. A fun take on the Barry classic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2013

    Very good series

    If you love action-packed stories full of adventure,than this series is the one for you!! :) :-)!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    Awsome book

    It is the greatest book of all time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2013

    Fantastic

    Great five stars

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2012

    Zac Craig

    Awsome series. I love the series!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2012

    Thrilling

    Fantastic, awesome, very fun

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    Absolutely positively Amazing

    A great sequel to book two in the Starcatchers series. This suspenseful adventure always keeps you on your toes, and it's Laugh out loud comical scenerios to its chilling, blood-curdlingly well written events makes it absolutely addicting! An "Up-all-night" reader! A must read!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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