Peter and the Shadow Thieves (Starcatchers Series #2)

Peter and the Shadow Thieves (Starcatchers Series #2)

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by Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson, Greg Call
     
 

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In this riveting and adventure-packed follow-up to the award-winning New York Times bestseller Peter and the Starcatchers, Peter leaves the relative safety of Mollusk Island - along with his trusted companion, Tinker Bell - for the cold, damp, dangerous streets of London. On a difficult journey across the sea, he and Tink discover the dark and deadly slithering… See more details below

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Overview

In this riveting and adventure-packed follow-up to the award-winning New York Times bestseller Peter and the Starcatchers, Peter leaves the relative safety of Mollusk Island - along with his trusted companion, Tinker Bell - for the cold, damp, dangerous streets of London. On a difficult journey across the sea, he and Tink discover the dark and deadly slithering part-man/part-creature Lord Ombra, who is intent on recovering the missing starstuff - celestial dust that contains unimagined powers. In London, Peter attempts to track down the indomitable Molly, hoping that together they can combat Ombra's determined forces. But London is not Mollusk Island; Peter is not the boy he used to be; and Lord Ombra - the Shadow Master - is unlike anything Peter, or the world, has ever seen.

Editorial Reviews

Last seen in the bestselling Peter and the Starcatchers, Peter Pan and friends return for another rollicking adventure. This time, the action moves from Mollusk Island (Never Land, for the uninitiated) to cold, dangerous London, where Peter's friend Molly is in grave danger. A mysterious, caped evildoer, Lord Ombra, is hunting Molly and her family for their trunk full of starstuff (the fairy dust that makes people fly, among other things). Can Peter and Tinker Bell reach Molly before Lord Ombra does? Tinged with humor, each action-packed chapter makes a compelling read-aloud for younger kids and an addictive page-turner for independent readers. (Ages 8 to 12)
Child magazine's Best Children's Book Awards 2006
Children's Literature - Joella Peterson
In this sequel to Peter and the Starcatchers, Peter and Molly are in London and face something even more fierce than Captain Hook—one of the others. Lord Ombra is an other who is after the starstuff, and he will do anything to get it. Peter and Molly quickly learn that if Lord Ombra can touch a shadow, then Lord Ombra can not only steal the shadow, he can control the shadow's owner. With heightened adventure, suspense, and dark villains, Peter must be twice as resourceful in order to make it back to Never Land and the lost boys. Although the book is quite long (well over 500 pages), the adventure and suspense propels readers deep within the story. This next installment of the story adds rich layers to each of the main characters. For example, when Peter sees that Molly has grown and he has not, he realizes how truly different he really is. Not only are the main characters growing, but familiar personalities also make cameos (James Barrie saves Peter from a street urchin.) With heaps of personality and daring adventure, this tale is sure to please Peter Pan fans—old and new alike.
VOYA
Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, and Captain Hook are back in this delightful sequel to the popular Peter and the Starcatchers (Hyperion, 2004/VOYA December 2004). The story begins with Peter and his fellow orphans living comfortably on the remote Mollusk Island, which they have dubbed Never Land. Molly, the intrepid heroine of the first book, is back in London with her parents, who are guardians of a powerful substance known as "starstuff." Peter's only problem is boredom, which he alleviates by taunting Captain Hook and the other marooned pirates. Peter also feels uneasy because the powers he has obtained from the starstuff, including the ability to fly and to never grow old, have forever set him apart from his friends. The peace of island life is shattered when the sinister Lord Ombra and his henchmen come searching for the starstuff. Ombra discovers the starstuff is in London with Molly's family, so Peter and Tink undertake a dangerous journey to warn Molly. Peter makes it to London in time to rescue Molly, but Molly's mother is kidnapped by Ombra. This sequel is even better than its predecessor, with all the excitement and magic but more drama and suspense. Lord Ombra is a frightening and formidable villain, a not-quite-human creature who has the ability to control people by stealing their shadows. There is not quite as much humor here, but the more complex characters and relationships make the story more compelling. It is an exciting, rousing read perfect for fantasy adventure fans. VOYA CODES: 5Q 5P M J (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Every YA (who reads) was dying to read it yesterday; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2006,Hyperion, 464p., Ages 11 to 15.
—Amy Luedtke

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423108559
Publisher:
Disney Editions
Publication date:
09/11/2007
Series:
Peter and the Starcatchers Series, #2
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
592
Sales rank:
63,864
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


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.

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Brief Biography

Hometown:
Miami, Florida
Date of Birth:
July 3, 1947
Place of Birth:
Armonk, New York
Education:
B.A. in English, Haverford College, 1969
Website:
http://www.davebarry.com

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