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Peter and the Sword of Mercy (Starcatchers Series #4)

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by Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson, Greg Call (Illustrator)

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The year is 1901—it's been twenty-three years since Peter and the Lost Boys returned from Rundoon. Since then, nobody on the island has grown a day older, and the Lost Boys continue their friendship with the Mollusk tribe, and their rivalry with Captain Hook. Meanwhile in London, Molly has married George Darling and is raising three children: Wendy,


The year is 1901—it's been twenty-three years since Peter and the Lost Boys returned from Rundoon. Since then, nobody on the island has grown a day older, and the Lost Boys continue their friendship with the Mollusk tribe, and their rivalry with Captain Hook. Meanwhile in London, Molly has married George Darling and is raising three children: Wendy, Michael, and John. One night a visitor appears at her door; it's James, one of Peter's original Lost Boys. He is now working for Scotland Yard and suspects that the heir to England's throne, Prince Albert Edward, is under the influence of shadow creatures. These shadow creatures are determined to find a secret cache of startstuff which fell to London many centuries ago. The starstuff is hidden in an underground vault which has only one key: the Sword of Mercy, a legendary weapon kept with the Crown Jewels. Molly is determined to help, but when she suddenly goes missing, it is up to her eleven-year-old daughter, Wendy, to keep the starstuff out of the Others' clutches. She has heard her mother's stories of a flying boy named Peter Pan, and he may be her only hope in saving the world from a shadowy doom...

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School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson's fourth prequel (Hyperion, 2009) to J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan is set in 1902, 23 years after Molly Aster's last adventure with Peter, the Lost Boys, and Captain Hook. There is a new danger facing the heir to England's throne. When Molly tries to investigate and is kidnapped, her daughter Wendy must set out to find the mysterious Peter, who may be the only one who can rescue Molly and save the throne. This is a thrilling adventure with an overseas flight on a makeshift helicopter, constant escapes from crooked authorities and pirates, exciting flights with Peter, and loyal friendship and familial love. Grammy-winning Jim Dale's narration is pure magic. While the first three books in the series form a coherent trilogy, this volume can stand alone for listeners unfamiliar with the previous titles. An excellent addition to library collections.—Jessica Miller, New Britain Public Library, CT
This Peter & The Star Catchers novel involves a secret cache of starstuff, an underground vault, a legendary sword, and a kidnapped woman. Wendy, the daughter of the missing woman, believes that only a flying boy named Peter Pan can rescue her mother and save the world. A swashbuckling adventure series with an enviable flair.
VOYA - Amy Luedtke
What happens when courageous and imaginative children turn into adults? Twenty-three years have passed since Peter's last adventures with the Starcatchers, and although Peter is still a reckless boy with the ability to fly, the rest of the world has changed. Peter's friend Molly is now a grown woman, a respectable wife, and mother with a daughter of her own. The Starcatchers have all but disbanded, as there have been no sightings of new starstuff for years and their great enemy Ombra is dead. So when former Lost Boy James, now a London policeman, discovers that Ombra is still alive, Molly does not believe him until it is too late and they are kidnapped by the villain. Luckily Molly's preteen daughter, Wendy, is as brave and resourceful as her mother once was, and she embarks on a dangerous journey to the magical Mollusk Island to enlist Peter's help. Ombra is creepy and menacing, hatching a sinister and deadly plot to steal the hidden cache of remaining starstuff. Ombra is aided by a new and perhaps even scarier henchman, the Skeleton, and Peter struggles to overcome his fear of this terrifying foe. As in all the Starcatchers installments, this adventure is fast and intense, and readers will feel compelled to find out what happens next. Even though it is the fourth volume, the story holds up well on its own and should not be too confusing for readers new to the series. Reviewer: Amy Luedtke
Children's Literature - Keri Collins Lewis
Molly Aster Darling has put the past behind her and is contentedly raising three children, Wendy, Michael, and John, when James, one of Peter's original Lost Boys brings alarming news. He believes their nemesis, Lord Ombra, survived the rocket explosion and now, twenty-three years after his supposed death, is somehow controlling Prince Albert's closest advisor, von Schatten. Eager to find the Cache, a secret stash of starstuff that fell to London centuries ago, von Schatten has two teams at work: one digs while the other searches for the key to the hidden vault—the tip of Curtana, the legendary sword of Charlemagne. When James and Molly both disappear, Wendy alone knows why and is in a race against time to save her mother and the world from the evil Others. The only solution is to find Peter, a decision that brings together the book's main plots and characters, past and present. Fans of the previous books will relish the reappearance of beloved characters and savor the perfectly woven threads of friendship, family, and courage. Humorous episodes, such as those featuring Uncle Neville and his ornithopter, provide welcome relief from the well-developed and keenly felt elements of fear and malevolence. A satisfying balance of believable history and delightful fantasy, this much-anticipated addition to the "Peter and the Starcatchers" series will keep readers on edge as two skilled storytellers take them on an action-packed adventure with the heroes they love and the villains they love to hate. Reviewer: Keri Collins Lewis

Product Details

Publication date:
Starcatchers Series , #4
Product dimensions:
8.04(w) x 5.70(h) x 1.69(d)
710L (what's this?)
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 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, Blood Tide, and Science Fair.

Ridley Pearson, in addition to the Peter and the Starcatchers series with Dave Barry, is the award-winning author of Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark, Kingdom Keepers: Disney At Dawn, Kingdom Keepers: Disney in Shadow, Steel Trapp: The Challenge, and Steel Trapp: The Academy. 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 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.

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 Sword of Mercy (Starcatchers Series #4) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 138 reviews.
read4ever More than 1 year ago
"Peter and the Sword of Mercy," by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson is the fourth installment in the amazing series starring Peter Pan. But don't be fooled---this is no ordinary bedtime story about a magical flying boy, it is an action packed novel full of adventure and mystery! Do yourself a favor and pick up the first book in this series and read it! This fourth book is a great conclusion to a series created with imagination and passion by authors Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson!
ahreanna More than 1 year ago
These books are fantastic. My son is 11 and was a non-reader. I had picked up the first for his sister. His 4th grade teacher read it to the class and he was hooked. Hr was chomping at the bit for Peter and the Sword of Mercy to the point of borrowing it from the school library as soon as it was released. His copy was wrapped and under the Christmas tree waiting for him. He was so excited to get it. The following little bit is from him. "I really enjoyed the book. I would recommend this to other kids to read." - Andrew age 11 Not a man of many words. As a mom I definitely recommend this book and series. It's a captivating story line that gives some neat background history, pre-Wendy Darling, to the original "Peter Pan". I have seen a kid who didn't want to read not only devour this series but he has moved onto other challenging books as well. Way to go Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson, you are my heroes!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ooooohh please write more its sooo good I would so recomend this book fir alla ges but first you should rea the oter 3 I was a bit disapointed to see that molly had married geore, and i fwlt bad for peter. But we all knew hell never get married unless he finds a girl who never ages too. And i also kknew from the original peter pan BUT PLEASE RIELYP AND DAVE B PLEASE WRITE MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORE oh i love your books oooooo much please write more oh :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you liked this book, read the Kingdom Keepers!!!! Its by the same author!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really reccomend this book to every bookworm out there for i am one to!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love these books!!! They are amazing and I'm so happy I get to read them!!! I'm glad I get to see Wendy now though. I love all of these books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's well written,exciting, and intresting! A must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive read the other books in he series gonna buy this one. I wish molly hadnt groenn up yet i mids them when theybwere young but i guess it s up to modern times in the movies.
Hiluni28 More than 1 year ago
I overall loved the series! I read part of this series a long time ago and i remembered really liking it. So i decided i would read and finish them. Now that i've finished i am amazed at how good they are. It made me want to go read the classic peter pan, and i'm going to after i write this. I would lok to thank the authors for writing such a good book. :)
FunFantasy More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed the Starcatcher Series very much. The Stories are light and funny with intrigue and mystery. Fun for all ages. Im a 51 year old man and look forward to more. Thank You Mark
closkot More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts - 4 out of 5 Unicorns - I liked it!!!  ***Borrowed the audiobook CD&rsquo;s from the library The cover is definitely Peter Pan-ish and makes you think of magical adventures. This is the 4th book in the series, and while I loved listening to it with my son, it was not my favorite.  I think I really liked Molly and Peter together, so it was weird having it be her daughter&hellip;at least for me. It is another fantastical adventure for Peter and he makes some new friends and reunites with some old friends both figuratively and literally.  This book had more darkness and pain making it a lot darker than the first 3 books.  I definitely think this is for older middle to high school students with the torture aspect of this book. Peter seemed like he got younger and more selfish in this book than the invincible boy who wouldn&rsquo;t let anything stop him which might be why this one wasn&rsquo;t my favorite and had my son looking at me asking Why?? We both really wanted to listen to the 5th book, but the library does not have it, so I&rsquo;m not sure if or when we will get to listen to it, so after months of listening to this series, we will have to find a new series now :) I recommend this story to those who liked that rest of the series and don&rsquo;t mind when characters change :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omgg i just finished the third book and i am sobbing and now she marries george no this is not ok guys
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I have read 117 times no joke,and im never bored with it!!!best book ever!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These peter pan books are the best books I've ever read. You need to read them :D
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Wow!!!!!!!! I loved this book. I could not put it down. Hay all yal. Have you heard of the last book in this awsome series called The Bridge to Neverland yet. It is soooo good and it is toots one of my fav books. If you have already red it. Then i recomend not to give it away to the people who have never red it. Thanks!
rosyasrose More than 1 year ago
Peter and the sword is a book you just want to keep on reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very interesting but also informative!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the whole series and it is sweet!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this whole series with the adventure and the weird twists it has
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish that they would make a new peter and the starcatchers book because in the end of the fourth one they said there was a tapping on the window but i still think this is the coolest book i have ever read so if you guys are reading this dave b and ridley p you guys are the best but need to make another peter and rhe starcatchers book Sincerely, Andrew A
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That is all I can say! A definite must read, perfectly paced an d filled with imagination and fantastic electrifing moments!!!!! Read now!