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

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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, 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 ...

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Overview

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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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.
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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
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
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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423121343
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Series: Starcatchers Series , #4
  • Pages: 528
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 710L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.04 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 1.69 (d)

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.

Biography

In the introduction to Dave Barry Is Not Taking This Sitting Down, the author addresses the desirability of his job as a humor writer and syndicated columnist. "It looks so easy!" he wrote. "...Every year, hundreds of thousands of people try their hand at this demanding profession. After a few months, almost all of them have given up and gone back to the ninth grade."

Yes, Barry is juvenile at times -- but he has achieved the kind of success that can only come from combining a juvenile mind with intelligence, timing, and a keen eye for the absurd. Favorite Barry targets include government inanity, dogs, guys, the Internet, and other oddities of life. He also specializes in weird news and urban myths involving UFO hunters, Pop-Tart science, and toilets. Many of these essays feature the line that has become his catchphrase, "I am not making this up." (Unless, of course, he is introducing something serious and daunting such as a book about the federal government, in which case he reassures that he has made everything up.)

Usually, though, he's not making it up. What he's doing is making it very funny. Whether the target is Congress or commercials, Barry refuses to take anything seriously, least of all himself – but he manages to convey some pretty indicting truths in the process. He's a master of irony and visual punchlines, sometimes interrupting himself with lists, snippets of dialogue, or other on-topic digressions. On the subject of turning 50 and dealing with waning eyesight (a "good thing" about aging, because "you can't read anything"), Barry describes finding restaurant menus suddenly printed "in letters the height of bacteria." He continues: "For some reason, everybody else seemed to be able to read the menus. Not wishing to draw attention to myself, I started ordering my food by simply pointing to a likely looking blur.

ME (pointing to a blur): I'll have this.
WAITER: You'll have "We Do Not Accept Personal Checks"?
ME: Make that medium rare."

Barry has had the most successful and prolific publishing career of any working newspaper columnist, and his humor never seems to go out of style. In 1999, he decided to try his hand at fiction. The result was Big Trouble, a comic thriller à la Carl Hiassen (though filled more with gags than guns) that Entertainment Weekly proclaimed "... not only very funny, [but] sure-footed, even-handed, levelheaded, and other leading book review adjectives." In 2004, he and Ridley Pearson collaborated on Peter and the Starcatchers, a clever prequel to Peter Pan that spawned two additional novels and a series of spin-off children's chapter books.

Along with several other published authors, Barry is a member of the musical group Rock Bottom Remainders. In assessing the band's talents, he has been quoted as saying: "They are not musically skilled, but they are extremely loud."

Good To Know

The Rock Bottom Remainders was originally organized by a publicist to perform at the 1992 American Booksellers Association convention. The members -- which include (or have included) Barry, Stephen King, Amy Tan, Ridley Pearson, Barbara Kingsolver, Mitch Albom, and Matt Groening -- even took their show on the road at one point, turning it into the now out-of-print Mid-Life Confidential: The Rock Bottom Remainders Tour America with Three Chords and an Attitude.

Some things never change: Barry was elected class clown by his Pleasantville High School class in 1965.

Barry got his start in journalism at the Daily Local News in West Chester, Pennsylvania, then worked as a business writing consultant before joining the Miami Herald in 1983.

Attempts to convert Barry's humor to the screen have been less than memorable. The early '90s CBS sitcom based on two of his books and starring Harry Anderson, Dave's World, was short-lived; the spring 2002 release Big Trouble, starring Tim Allen, didn't fare well at the box office. Barry did, however, get a cameo in the latter.

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    1. Hometown:
      Miami, Florida
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 3, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Armonk, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A. in English, Haverford College, 1969
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  • Posted October 17, 2009

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    A Great Conclusion

    "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!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2010

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    My son loves it

    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!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2012

    READ THIS!!!!!!!

    If you liked this book, read the Kingdom Keepers!!!! Its by the same author!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2010

    Number 4 in what should have been a 3 book series.

    I Loved the previous three books so much that I bought this one with no questions asked and started ravenously reading.
    Unfortunately this book abolishes everything the other 3 set up. It was a lot less fun to read.
    I was very disappointed by this book.
    I wasn't impressed by the chemistry between Peter and Wendy, though I liked Tink a little more.
    I still recommend reading it, but don't set your hopes too high.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    Oooohh please writ more.....dwde

    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 :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2012

    Five stars. No words needed. So good!

    I really reccomend this book to every bookworm out there for i am one to!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2012

    Amazing

    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!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2012

    Amazing!

    It's well written,exciting, and intresting! A must read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2011

    Its awesome

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2011

    Write another

    Will u plz write another?plz.PLZ!!!???pleaaassseee?

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2011

    Great!

    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. :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

    Fun Reading

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2014

    Omgg

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2014

    One problem...

    My one complaint- how hard is it to kill of Umbra? He was supposed to die at the end of book 2. His entire species had been wiped out in book 3. But he still keeps coming back from the dead??

    MOVE ON TO SOMETHING ELSE!!!!

    You could have Peter fighting evil mermaids or the Scorpion King, he could fight alongside Cap. Hook while trapped in the Bermuda Triangle; but please- don't bring back the shadow man!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2014

    This book has no problems

    This is the best book i have EVER read ive read this book 50 times!no joke i like how ombra keeps coming back.The only thing this series needs is more books!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2014

    Awesome

    These peter pan books are the best books I've ever read. You need to read them :D

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Sucky Bbr

    BEST BOOK EVAH I DIDNT READ IT

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2013

    Wow

    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!

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  • Posted July 21, 2013

    One of my Favorite books

    Peter and the sword is a book you just want to keep on reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2013

    Disney

    This book is very interesting but also informative!!!

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