Peter and the Starcatchers (Starcatchers Series #1)
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Peter and the Starcatchers (Starcatchers Series #1)

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by Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson, Greg Call

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Don'teven think of starting this bookunless you're sitting in a comfortable chair and have lots of time. Afast-paced, impossible-to-put-down adventure awaits as the young orphan Peterand his mates are dispatched to an island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. Theyset sail aboard the Never Land, a ship carrying a precious and mysterious trunk inits

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Don'teven think of starting this bookunless you're sitting in a comfortable chair and have lots of time. Afast-paced, impossible-to-put-down adventure awaits as the young orphan Peterand his mates are dispatched to an island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. Theyset sail aboard the Never Land, a ship carrying a precious and mysterious trunk inits cargo hold, and the journey quickly becomes fraught with excitement anddanger.

Discoverrichly developed characters in the sweet but sophisticated Molly, the scary butfamiliar Black Stache, and the fearless Peter. Treacherous battles withpirates, foreboding thunderstorms at sea, and evocative writing immerses thereader in a story that slowly and finally reveals the secrets and mysteries ofthe beloved Peter Pan.

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Bestselling authors Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson turn back the clock and set their sights on younger readers, teaming up for an action-packed prequel to J. M. Barrie's classic Peter Pan. Fast paced and brimming with seafaring adventure, Barry and Ridley's modern update returns to pre–Never Land days, quickly zeroing in on Peter, now a "wayward boy" who finds himself aboard a ship (called the Never Land) with other chums from St. Norbert's. Soon, Peter meets the headmaster's mysterious daughter and persuades her to reveal her secret about a chest full of "starstuff" -- a substance that can make people fly and give them other magical qualities -- that's being claimed by the British throne. Unfortunately, the scheming pirate Black Stache has his own plans for the powder-filled chest, and the plot thickens as readers are whisked from dramatic high-seas battles to a deserted island, where the dreaded villain eventually loses his hand to the legendary crocodile and where Peter makes his home. From beginning to end, the authors don't skimp on cliff-hanging turns of events, dishing up an inventive spin on Peter Pan's background that should sit well with audiences young and old. If you pick up Barrie's original first, Ridley and Barry's book won't suffer by comparison, a true testament to this team's remarkable writing style; and if you haven't yet read Barrie, Peter and the Starcatchers will make you eager to experience Peter Pan. With Disney at the helm of this book, too, the film promises to be but a heartbeat away. Matt Warner

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Publication date:
Peter and the Starcatchers Series, #1
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Product dimensions:
7.52(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.97(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years


Meet the Author

Ridley Pearson is the best-selling co-author of Peter and the Starcatchers and Peter and the Shadow Thieves. He is also the author of fourteen novels, including Cut and Run, The Middle of Nowhere, The Pied Piper, Beyond Recognition, No Witnesses, The First Victim, Undercurrents, and Parallel Lies. He was the first American to be awarded the Raymond Chandler/Fulbright Fellowship in Detective Fiction at Oxford University. In addition, he secretly wrote The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer, which was a companion book to the ABC-TV production of Stephen King's Rose Red.

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

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 Starcatchers (Starcatchers Series #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 168 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
It's always interesting, at least to me, to read a book that is the retelling of a beloved childhood tale. Whether it be a retold fairy tale such as SNOW WHITE or SLEEPING BEAUTY, or a classic such as PETER PAN, these new spins on old stories usually fall into one of two categories--terribly bad remakes, or truly amazing, imaginative stories with new twists. Thankfully, authors Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson have turned PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS into the latter.

In this rendering, Peter is an orphan about the ship Never Land. He's become the leader of sorts to the other young orphans who have been sold into slavery to King Zarboff the Third, evil ruler of Rundoon. Not long after Peter and his boys board the boat, he meets Molly Aster. The fourteen-year old daughter of the new Ambassador of Rundoon is unlike any other girl Peter has ever met. Actually, the only other girl he remembers seeing in a very long time was the daughter of the Headmaster of St. Norbert's Home for Wayward Boys.

Peter's increasing infatuation with Molly is challenged when she lets him in on a secret--she is an apprentice Starcatcher, one who guards the magical starstuff from the Others who would use it to do harm. Starstuff is magic that, when it falls to Earth, it brings about increased intelligence, happiness, and even the ability to fly. Although Peter is, at first, quite skeptical of Molly and her Starcatcher business, he soon learns that she's being nothing but truthful.

Add to the story the dreaded Pirate Black Stache and the evil pirate crew of the ship the Sea Devil, and you have an interesting story. Throw in the a shipwreck, a missing cargo of starstuff, mermaids, a flying crocodile, and island dwellers that just may be cannibals, and the story goes from interesting to amazing. This is a remarkable retelling, or possibly even a prequel, to the well known story of PETER PAN. Kudos to both Mr. Barry and Mr. Pearson for a highly entertaining and thoroughly engrossing read!
lspell960 More than 1 year ago
I'd seen this book many times at book stores and never given it a second glance. One day I decided to read the summary on the back and decided it looked slightly interesting. When I read it, I absolutely loved it. I've never really been into Peter Pan, but I thought these books were amazing. They had a perfect balance of fantasy and action. I'm only twelve, but I could see myself enjoying this if I was either much younger or much older. It's not violent when there's action and it's never to wordy or long. I would reccomend this book to anyone!
Booklover010 More than 1 year ago
Amajorbibliophile More than 1 year ago
"Peter and the Starcatchers," by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson is the first novel in the best-selling "Starcatchers" series. The series centers around world-renowned hero Peter Pan and answers all mysterious questions surrounding him: How did Peter come to Never Land? Who is Peter Pan, truly? Where did he come from? Authors Barry and Pearson do a fantastic job of making the story exciting and impossible to put down, as they reveal the full story of Peter's past in a cool, never-before-imagined way! Filled to the brim with mystery, suspense, humor, and everything else that makes a book worth reading, this amazing adventure is sure to captivate your mind and steal your heart!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A definate page turner I did not want to put the book down. There is a suprise on every page!
SteveTheDM More than 1 year ago
So I was in the mood for something light and just a bit brainless, and dove into my daughter&rsquo;s shelves for the first book in Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson&rsquo;s Peter Pan prequels, called &ldquo;Peter and the Starcatchers.&rdquo; And oh, what fun this was. The story is essentially the adventure that got Peter and the Lost Boys to Neverland, introduced his pirate nemesis (here called The Black Stache, as he&rsquo;s pre-hook), and birthed Tinkerbell. Barry and Pearson did an awesome job of creating characters full of personality and a thirst for adventure, and villains worthy of the name. This book was a joy to read. It&rsquo;s absolutely suitable for kids (for whom it was written) as well as adults craving light, fun adventure. 4 of 5 stars.
Reads_a_lot More than 1 year ago
I read this book a while back, and it has been one of my favorite books since then! I have always loved Peter Pan, so the prospect of a prequel was amazing! Peter and the Starcatchers, along with the other two books i the trilogy, were all fantastic. I love the adventure, the action, the humor, and the little bit of romance. The ending of Secret to Rundoon made me cry (in a good kid of way). If you love fantasy, adventure, Peter Pan, or just plain a really good big book trilogy, READ THIS BOOK. And if you don't, READ THIS BOOK! :) My point: It rocks!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Peter and the Starcatchers is a thrilling adventure that takes you through the many stages of how Peter Pan came to be. When Peter is sailing on ships he makes a new exciting friend named Molly. Peter and Molly have to go through many phases to protect a treasure that everyone wants. The only reason that Black Stache (Captin Hook) wants the treasure is because it has some magical quality about it. So start reading the books so you can get your magic to fly you through the exciting adventures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Peter and The Starcatchers begins with Peter, an orphan raised at St. Norberts Home for Wayward Boys. Peter is an adventurous but nosy teen.  A leader at heart, Peter is the head of all the boys at St. Norberts. Peter and the other orphans are shipped off on a boat called the Neverland for five weeks with very little to eat. Peter meets Molly, the headmasters daughter, a starcatcher after the treasure. My favorite part in the book is when Slank and Little Richard try and talk to the &quot;she-fish&quot; but they swim away. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys more mature retellings of fables. Finally, Peter and The Starcatchers is a perfect retelling of Peter Pan.
therebeccahare More than 1 year ago
This is a fun story for the kids but I do have to edit it a bit as it has some questionable pirate talk. I usually just skip over words like idiot, stupid, damn and hell. It is really engaging and the kids beg for more chapters! Not sure why authors put language in children's books?!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent adventure story for all ages. This is a wonderful series. Dave and Ridley have created wonderful characters. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is all about the story of how peter pan got his powers and where captain hook came from. Will not ever want to put this book down. Any lover of a ficion book with action, excitment, and funny punns, look no farther
Reading_With_Cupcakes More than 1 year ago
Peter and the Starcatchers is fabulous retelling of the beloved Peter Pan fairy tale. The first in the series, this story sets up this wonderfully frightening world for us. We get to meet a cast of characters, many of which we know from the Peter Pan we have come to know and love - with a twist, and some new ones we have never had the pleasure of meeting before. In this story, we learn how Peter and the other orphan boys come to be on Neverland. We also learn why Peter is enemy number one with the Captain Black Stache and the pirates. As well, we are introduced to group of characters we have never met before in any Peter Pan story, Molly and the rest of the Starcatchers. I will be honest with you, the Peter Pan story was never on, or even near, the top of my favorite fairy tale stories. However, I was still very much able to get into this story and enjoyed watching it evolve. I found it fun trying to guess who the characters in this story were portraying from the original story. It was quite interesting to see how the authors tied their versions of the characters to their original counterparts. It was all very imaginative and very well done. I found this book to be slightly darker than I thought it would be, but overall, it wasn't that dark. There were no overly gory details. You had the bad guys being bad guys and pirates being pirates, but it was not inappropriately done for the age range this book was intended for. That being said, as an adult I still found this book very engaging without those kinds of details. This story was not without its faults. I found there to be some slow points and there were some parts where they story was not really able to hold my attention, but over all it was really good. I give it 5 out of 5 stars. You can find more of my reviews on my blog:
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closkot More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts - 4 out of 5 Unicorns - I really liked it!!!  I got this audio book the SYNC summer program. The cover is definitely very Peter Pan, and I think it will attract any Peter Pan fans to read it. I listened to this book in the car with my son to and from school.  My son really enjoyed this book and wants to listen to the rest of the series if I can afford to get them in the future :) Peter and Molly are awesome lead characters.  I loved all the adventures that they had.  All the details and Peter Pan references was awesome.  This really was a long book too!!  I was amazed how long it was and how many chapters were in this story.  This book had a mission, flying, pirates, mermaids, a wrecked ship, giant storm, fighting, talking porpoises, and so much more. If you have seen Peter Pan and liked it, you need to read this book because you will definitely like it.  This is a fabulous book to read with your son, and it is for all ages, but probably more for middle grade readers. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing novel! It is my favorite book of all time (and has been since 4th grade). Now I am 13 and still love it. It is an adventure at sea describing how the well-known character Peter Pan came to be. There is action on every page and you won't be able to put it down. The entire series is incredible, but I like the first and last books best. If you like this book, I recommend The Kingdom Keepers series (Ridley Pearson), 100 Cupboards series (N D Wilson), and The Time Travelers series (Linda B Archer).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be extremely interesting, however, also extremely dry and boring at parts.  I felt at some parts I couldn't put it down and I just HAD to read the next chapter, only to be disappointed with a chapter that seemed to just be there to take up space.  Peter, an orphan, gets sent on a ship along with five other young boys to become slaves of King Zarboff of Rundoon, who enjoys killing quite a lot.  The boys find themselves aboard &quot;The Neverland&quot; and Peter meets a girl named Molly Aster.  He also stumbles upon a magical trunk that is weightless and gives you the most amazing feeling in the world.  However, the evil pirate Black Stache wants the trunk and its magical power.  He destroys the ship that Molly's father is on, only to find out that the trunk is actually aboard the Neverland.  There are sword fights, storms, monstrous crocodiles, angry natives, and twists and turns.  I would recommend this book if you're looking for an entertaining read, but don't mind sitting through some uneventful chapters for the action.  Barry and Pearson do a nice job of crafting this prequel to the original &quot;Peter Pan&quot;, and bring to life the story of how Peter came to be.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 11-year old and I listened to this book on our way from OH to SC and the miles just flew by! Jim Dale (reader) does GREAT voices! It's an excellent prequel to the Peter Pan you know, with fun hints at the how and why Peter is the way he is! Loved it! Can't wait to finish the remaining books in this series!
_mollyross More than 1 year ago
Growing up, Peter Pan was always my favorite movies. Now that I&rsquo;m soon going to college, I can honestly say that Peter and the Starcatchers is one of my favorite books. Created as a prequel to J.M. Barrie&rsquo;s whimsical Peter Pan, Peter and the Starcatchers not only answers questions about the boy who never grows up, it also creates a imaginative backstory for one of the world&rsquo;s most beloved fictional characters. Set primarily on a ship, the story begins with Peter and his fellow orphans being sold in to slavery under the unruly ruler, King Zarboff the Third. While trying to escape he meets Molly Aster, a bright young girl with a secret. After tracking down a mysterious, wonderful box Peter learns that she is a Starcatcher, born into a family whose occupation is protecting the magical and highly dangerous Starstuff. Soon enough, Peter and Molly become allies and work together to save the Starstuff, and possibly the world. This book is magical: even as a teenager I felt like I was reading something special that was told with enough bright language to make me think I wasn&rsquo;t reading a book for kids. I loved the wit written through the book and found the story captivating: so captivating, that I&rsquo;ve read three more books in the series. I&rsquo;d recommend this book to adults and children alike. It&rsquo;s magic is enough to make anyone feel like a kid again.
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Samantha-May More than 1 year ago
Captivating I can't describe how beautiful this book is to me. I remember buying it a young age, and never opening it until high school, and I immediately fell in love with it. It's so magical, and takes only a few pages to help you completely escape reality for as long as you're reading it. I've read it twice so far, and I think I might pick it back up again. See if there's anything new to find, that I didn't quite catch the first two times around.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. There wasn't a moment where I wanted to set it down. This is a must read for the year. I highly recommend it.
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