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

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In this action-packed finale to 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 ...
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In this action-packed finale to 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: 9781423123262
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 6/9/2009
  • Series: Peter and the Starcatchers Series, #3
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 59,944
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Ridley Pearson

Dave Barry is a Pulitzer Prize - winning author of more than a dozen books, including Dave Barry's Money Secrets; Dave Barry's Complete Guide to Guys; Dave Barry Slept Here; Big Trouble; and Dave Barry Hits Below the Beltway. Along with Ridley Pearson, he is the co-author of Peter and the Starcatchers, Peter and the Shadow Thieves, Escape from the Carnivale, and Cave of the Dark Wind. Ridley Pearson is the best-selling author of eighteen novels, including The Kingdom Keepers;Cut and Run; The Body of David Hayes; The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer; Beyond Recognition; Parallel Lies; and No Witnesses. He was the first American to be awarded the Raymond Chandler/Fulbright Fellowship in Detective Fiction at Oxford University.

Greg Call studied graphic design at the Colorado Institute of Art in Denver. After graduating in 1983, he worked as an Art Director at the Colorado Institute of Art until the desire to do more illustrative work found him in Pasadena, California, attending The Art Center College of Design. Upon graduation in 1988, he began working freelance for clients in music, entertainment, and publishing. Greg has been recognized for his work repeatedly, including awards from the Society of Illustrators and Addy awards among others.

Biography

Crime may not always pay, but crime fiction always sells, and Ridley Pearson is one of the stars of the genre, the kind of writer whose royalties keep his family fed and cover a few extras as well (like, say, his own airplane). Yet Pearson didn't spend his youth dreaming of bestsellerdom. His first ambition was to be a musician, and he spent most of his twenties writing and performing folk-rock songs. The idea that he might become a novelist came later. As he explained in a Barnes and Noble interview, he was reading a Robert Ludlum novel when "a voice spoke up from inside me and said, 'I can do this.'" (Once he began writing and discovered firsthand the skill involved in crafting a cohesive thriller, he realized how much he had presumed!)

Pearson is renowned for fast-paced, thrill-a-minute suspense novels that include "a rare humanism and attention to detail" (Publishers Weekly). In a Greenwich Magazine interview he called his work "aerobic fiction, because I hope to get your heart pounding and get you turning pages." Entertainment Weekly dubbed him "the thinking person's Robert Ludlum."

As his fans know, Pearson works hard at nailing the details of forensic investigation and police procedure. In Undercurrents (the first novel in his Seattle-based Lou Boldt mystery series) his research was so thorough—he consulted an expert in oceanography—that the book helped convict an actual murderer. A Washington state prosecuting attorney happened to be reading it while working on a case similar to Pearson's fictional one: A woman's body had been found in a bay, and at first it appeared that she had committed suicide by jumping off a bridge. The oceanographer mentioned in Pearson's acknowledgments was called in as an expert witness to help prove that, based on tidal currents, the woman must have been dead before the time her husband claimed to have last seen her. Due largely to the expert testimony, the victim's husband was convicted of second-degree murder.

Of course, there's more to a Pearson novel than research. "Just what is it about Ridley Pearson that makes him the best damn thriller writer on the planet?" mused Bill Ott in BookList. "We've celebrated the forensic detail, the taut plotting, the multidimensional characters, and the screw-tightening suspense, but lots of fiction writers do all that. Here's a theory: Pearson is a master at manipulating opposites. His stories are forever jumping from high concept to small scale, from positive to negative charges, manipulating our emotions and minds with their polar hip-hopping."

When he's not writing, Pearson still makes music—he's the bass guitarist for the Rock Bottom Remainders, an amateur rock band made up of professional writers including Stephen King, Dave Barry, Amy Tan, and Mitch Albom (the group's motto, coined by Barry: "We play music as well as Metallica writes novels").

It was while Pearson was in Miami to play with the Rock Bottom Remainders that he told Barry about his idea (actually, daughter Paige's idea) for a prequel to Peter Pan. The two authors had such a good time hashing out possibilities over breakfast that Pearson asked Barry to write the book with him. Published in 2004, their clever collaboration Peter and the Starcatchers became a huge bestseller, spawning two sequels (Peter and the Shadow Thieves in 2006 and Peter and the Secret of Rundoon in 2007) and a series of spin-off children's chapter books.

Even though Pearson thoroughly enjoys crafting juvenile fiction, his adult fans need not worry that he's abandoned his high-voltage crime novels. Indeed, he has said that writing gives him the same "adrenaline rush," no matter which audience he is targeting: Readers of all ages appreciate the imagination, suspense, and an impeccable eye for detail he brings to all his fiction.

Good To Know

Pearson calls himself a workaholic, "not so much by desire as out of necessity," since he reserves a lot of time for his two young daughters. His hobbies, which he now defines as "something you once did and no longer have the time for," include recreational tree climbing, fly-fishing, backyard volleyball, snow boarding—and, of course, bass guitar in his rock band. An avid reviser, Pearson says, "I'm said to have a nervous, worrying disposition, but rarely feel I live up to that description—perhaps internal calm is expressed as external nervosa."

Pearson loves to travel, especially to southern France, with wife Marcelle and second child Storey, who is adopted from China. We're certain to do a good deal of international travel in the years to come. He also attends local symphony and theater. But his "favorite avocation is to spend an evening around our dining table with two or three other couples. This, I feel, is where many of the world's ills are solved, and many souls restored. Mine, especially."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Wendell McCall; Joyce Reardon
    2. Hometown:
      St. Louis, Missouri
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 13, 1953
    2. Place of Birth:
      Glen Cove, New York
    1. Education:
      Kansas University, B.A., Brown University
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  • Posted February 17, 2015

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    My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 Unicorns - I loved it!!!  ***Borrowed t

    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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  • 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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  • Posted June 30, 2011

    Very Good!

    Peter And The Secrect of Rundoon by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, was the third instalment of the Starcatchers Series. With Peter still horrified by Lord Ombra, he seems to be becoming more and more distant from himself and the other boys (Tubby Ted, Thomas, Prentiss, and James). Probably because Peter has stopped growing, and the rest of the boys still are. In this, we learn more about Peter's family than we ever have before, and we learn about his true feelings for Molly. Meanwhile, Molly and George are becoming closer and closer. With action, adventure, and even a little romance, this was a good continuation of the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2010

    LOVE IT!

    I have read the Peter and the Starcatchers series for a while and this book is the best one yet! I absolutely love the characters, as well as the gripping story. I feel as though I have met these characters and been best friends forever! It truly is a series worth reading. I give it five stars and a double thumbs up!

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  • Posted September 5, 2009

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    Peter and the Secret of Rundoon-An amazing book.

    Peter and the Secret of Rundoon is a book that I enjoyed reading alot.
    I strongly recommend this book for it's story line and thrill.
    It was such a good book that I occaisionally reread some!

    In order to follow and thoroughly understand this book, you should read Peter and the Starcatchers, and Peter and the Shadow Thieves.

    This is a "just for fun" book.For example, this book doesn't fit EVERYONE'S intrests, so reading this to a class of students is not the best idea.

    I did not find this book challenging, but that is just me.It depends on your intrests, and vocabulary.

    Also, I did not find this book very funny.It is more of an action-drama, but when something funny comes around, it is truly funny.

    This book DOES NOT have alot of "life lessons".The only thing that I could POSSIBLY say, is "Never leave your friends behind".

    I found the writing strong enough to suggest that any readers ages 8-10 read with a dictionary.

    The illistrations were brilliant, but I found myself knowing what would happen on the next page, because the pictures explained so much, which was a partial dissapointment.This mishap has happened to me in multiple other books, so this is not nessesarily a bad thing, nor unique.

    I was unable to learn about myself, or "learn" in general.

    Lastly, the characters and their traits were absoultly brilliant.

    All in all, this was by far one of the best books I have EVER read in my life.

    Readers,

    I strongly hope you enjoyed this, and were helped.

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  • Posted August 10, 2009

    Peter and the Secret of Rundoon

    I just finished this 3rd book in the series and really enjoyed it. A perfect sequel with more than enough action to keep you going on to the next chapter, with really good "good guys" and really bad "bad guys." I was able to put aside being a grown-up while reading this book and just immerse myself in Peter's world. And I must confess to being teary-eyed at the end. Now I must go back and read the original Peter Pan again. Can't wait 'til my grandson is old enough for this set.

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