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Peter and the Secret of Rundoon (Starcatchers Series #3)

Peter and the Secret of Rundoon (Starcatchers Series #3)

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by Ridley Pearson

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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 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.
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)

Product Details

Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
Starcatchers Series , #3
Edition description:
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

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.

Brief Biography

Miami, Florida
Date of Birth:
July 3, 1947
Place of Birth:
Armonk, New York
B.A. in English, Haverford College, 1969

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Peter and the Secret of Rundoon (Starcatchers Series #3) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 167 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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closkot More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 Unicorns - I loved it!!!  ***Borrowed the audiobook CD’s from the library The cover is definitely a magical adventure that grabs your attention and says read me :) I really do love that Jim Dale has continued as the narrator :)  I love when there is consistency, and my son feels the same way.  We listened to this book to and from school.  It makes our ride enjoyable, and I get to share my book addiction with him. This adventure was just as epic as all the other Peter and the Starcatchers books.  This book links in even more of the Peter Pan nuances and story traits that you know and love.  Peter is an amazing boy with so much courage especially when it comes to saving his friends.  I love that my son gets to hear these lessons as we listen to the books in this series.  Peter and his friends are all present in this story, and then we meet some new friends that I was excited when I heard the names.  There is so much action and stuff happening in this book.  It kept both my son and my attention throughout the whole thing.  I can’t wait to start the next book with my son :) I highly recommend this series to Peter Pan and Tinker Bell fans who want a new take on old stories especially if you are an adventure loving boy or someone who loves one :)  The audio version is a fantastic way to share the story together :)
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What agreat series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Jansma More than 1 year ago
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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Great book, I LOVE this series. A fun take on the Barry classic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love action-packed stories full of adventure,than this series is the one for you!! :) :-)!!!
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It is the greatest book of all time.
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