Peter and the Shadow Thieves (Starcatchers Series #2)

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In this riveting and adventure-packed follow-up to Peter and the Starcatchers, we discover Peter leaving the relative safety of Mollusk Island-along with his trusted companion Tinker Bell-for the cold, damp streets of London. On a difficult journey across the sea, he and Tink discover the darkand deadly, slithering part-man/part-creature Lord Ombra. It seems that the dreaded Ombra has a variety of mysterious powers including the ability to make shadows disappear. When Peter reaches London, he sets out to find ...
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In this riveting and adventure-packed follow-up to Peter and the Starcatchers, we discover Peter leaving the relative safety of Mollusk Island-along with his trusted companion Tinker Bell-for the cold, damp streets of London. On a difficult journey across the sea, he and Tink discover the darkand deadly, slithering part-man/part-creature Lord Ombra. It seems that the dreaded Ombra has a variety of mysterious powers including the ability to make shadows disappear. When Peter reaches London, he sets out to find the indomitable Molly. Together they must combat Ombra's terrible forces to both protect the Starcatchers and the treasured starstuff and most importantly to rescue Molly's mother from the clutches of evil. Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson have done it again-written a compulsively readable, impossible-to-put-down tale that will delight readers of all ages.
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  • Ridley Pearson & Dave Barry
    Ridley Pearson & Dave Barry  

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The sequel to Peter and the Starcatchers grabs you by the collar and pins you against a wall. In this exciting novel, Peter abandons the calm of Mollusk Island to pursue a dangerous mission in the dark, distant streets of London. With Tinker Bell as his companion, Peter searches through the unfriendly great city even as the slithering man/beast called Lord Ombra hovers nearby, plotting to unleash his dreaded powers. Exhilarating reading for children.
From The Critics
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: 9780786837878
  • Publisher: Disney Editions
  • Publication date: 7/15/2006
  • Series: Peter and the Starcatchers Series , #2
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 385,331
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.12 (h) x 2.00 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2008

    a reviewer

    This book was the best in the series, though I have not been able to grasp my hands on the therd one. It had so many twists, atleast 10. The author(s) overlapped each adventure nicly.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2008

    Great!

    This was an awesome book! Though it wasn't as good as the 1st and 3rd I loved it!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2008

    Very Bad Baddies

    Peter (of Neverland fame) hitches a ride on a ship filled with Very Bad Men and goes back to London to warn his friend Molly of the danger that races towards her and her family. The Starchasers are in grave trouble this time. This is a great, fun book. Inventive, funny, fast-paced. The characters are fleshed-out and believable. The baddies are very bad.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2006

    Great fantasy book

    I loved this book. It is a great sequel to a great original. I recomend it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2006

    AWSOME

    I would have given it 5 stars but, I think it's so~ sad that Peter is stuck a boy forever and cannot be with Molly. :(

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 15, 2009

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    An Enchanting Adventure!

    "Peter and the Shadow Thieves," by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson is the second adventure in the unforgettable "Starcatchers" series. With unique characters, a captivating storyline, and suspense that just keeps building up with every chapter, this book will have the reader never able to put it down! Constantly excited to read more and discover more pieces to the puzzle of Peter's past, all readers, young and old alike, will find this enchanting adventure even better than book one and leave them eager to begin the next one in this unbelievable, action-packed series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2007

    a great book

    this is a great, cool, aswsome, book i couldn't put it down it was so good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2007

    A reviewer

    I thought the first book was slightly better, but I still loved it! Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson make a great team! Oh, and I HATE George, just to let you know.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2007

    A reviewer

    I loved this book!It was excellent!! I recommend this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2007

    Peter and the Shadow Theives: This Book Is Great!!!

    Peter and the Shadow Theives begins on Molusk Island where Peter and his fellow boys are up to the usual, which is playing pranks on Captain 'Hook', but James, Peter's friend, gets captured. While Peter is trying to save James he finds out some extremely bad news, Molly, his old friend from The Neverland, is in trouble. So Peter sets off to London on a strange journey, hidden on a pirate ship. Soon Peter finds that their is a strange creature aboard by the name of Loard Ombra that can do dangerous things so bad that it is fatal. Soon when Peter finds out where Molly is he has to find out what the pirates want, which is a vast amount of Starstuff that Molly's father, Loard Aster, has already taken into hiding somewhere. Soon Molly and Peter have to hide somewhere so they go to one of Molly's friends house and plan the rest of the trip to save the starstuff from there. in the end Peter uses his ability to have a lot of starstuff put into him to save Molly and the whole Starcatcher race once again. This book was great!. I would recomend it to any sort of taste in books because it has some of every sort of plot in it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2007

    Peter and the Shadowthieves

    This book was outstanding! It has so much detial I felt like I was in the book.If you like fantisy you will love this book. It has a mix of adventure, mystery, and a life or death situation. I would definatly read the first book first, Peter and the Starcatchers. I think this book is more for older kids from ages 10 to 20.Adults might even like it. I love this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2007

    Wow!

    I am in high school, yet I am in love with these books! I had the privelage of meeting Ridley Pearson at an event and he is an imaginative, creative person, and his coauthor seems to be as well! I can't wait until the third installment!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2007

    Why?!

    Why on earth is this man continuing to create sequals that just ruin the story of Peter Pan? Peter Pan in Scarlett however, does have an approval of J.M. Barry, and it does complement the orignal novel, but never the less the orignal Peter Pan should not be touched.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2007

    This book blew me away!

    This book was awsome! i wish i was molly! it has action/romance and more! I was hooked to the book. But you really need to read the first one in order to understand this book though. I was sad in both books when Peter didn't want to stay with Molly. kinda sucks but it all turns out good!!! I would recomend this to anyone who loves a good book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2006

    Sweet!!!

    ... I read Peter and the Star Catchers awhile back and it was pretty good...I think the best part of the book would be the last part where they go to Stonehedge and fight Lord Ombra, P.S. Molly was way better in the first one....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2006

    I'm bob! LOL

    Simply, This book rocks! It is impossible to out down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2006

    Great

    If you haven't read the first book in this series, Peter and the Starcatchers, read it first. Peter and the Shadow Thieves, I thought, was not as good as the first. At sometimes it felt like it was never going to end and it was just going to repeat itself. But overall, this book was really good. Peter is in London searcing for Molly and her family to warn them about the evil Lord Ombra who is after the starstuff with them in London. We learn a lot more about the starcatchers and the characeters develop a lot more. Usually it has a fast paced style, but, like I said before, it gets boring at times. But read this book and see for yourself. Oh, by the way, book three in this series is coming out the summer of 2007. Hopefully it will be as good or better then Peter and the Shadow Thieves.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2006

    It Will Be A Favorite!

    This book is fantastic! Nearly impossible to put down. Wanted to sit and do nothing else but read it straight through. We love both books, but this one is far more exciting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2006

    Awesome

    Tough I haven't read the whole book yet, I have read some of it and I can already know that it is going to be great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2006

    Ahhhh man.

    I read the first one and was in love i wanted so much to be molly. Then i bought this one with such very high hopes in it the beginning it looked promising, but when he found molly it's like every turn every choice she was crying about something. I want the brave molly back! I'd recommend it with the added comment of don't get your hopes up.

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