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Peter Pan in Scarlet

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In August 2004 the Special Trustees of Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, who hold the copyright in Peter Pan, launched a worldwide search for a writer to create a sequel to J.M. Barrie's timeless masterpiece. Renowned and multi award-winning English author Geraldine McCaughrean won the honor to write this official sequel, Peter Pan in Scarlet. Illustrated by Scott M
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 6th 2008 by Margaret K. McElderry Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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Petra X
Silly. Exploitative. Badly-drawn characters. None of the magic of the original. That's enough reasons and enough time spent on why I gave this charmless book up.
Apr 18, 2007 Clelland rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hated every page of this book. I'm a pretty big fan of the JM Barrie characters and stories. I've seen some terrible movies and poor representations before, but this novel took it to a level I could never have ever imagined. I'm just going to have to act like I never read this book.

First, I must say, I respect the Great Ormond Street Hospital. I repect that JM Barrie wanted to provide for their amazing work and devotion to children. They comissioned an "authorized" sequel... in order to contin
Aug 03, 2008 Gloryseeker33 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is billed as the first authorized sequel to Peter Pan. I have long loved the original and read it many times. In addition I had read two Peter Pan Starcatcher books last summer, and though I enjoyed them, was disappointed at not finding either the true Peter Pan character, or a faithful adherence to the details of the original story. So I approached this one with hope tempered by scepticism. I was pleased to find in this book the true Pan, and a story that stays true to the details of the o ...more
Ana Fernández
Dec 28, 2015 Ana Fernández rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
3.5. En esta entrega de Peter Pan de Rojo Escarlata las aventuras que viven Peter y sus amigos esta lejos de parecerse a cualquier otra que hayan vivido en el País de Nunca Jamás.

La escritura, la manera de narrar de la autora me trae fascinada, con tanta prosa y delicadeza (flipo con escrituras como esas) y cada uno de los obstáculos y escenarios en los que se desenvuelven los niños están tan bien definidos y cuidados. Sin embargo, y para tristeza mía, no ha sido tan entretenida la lectura como
Mar 20, 2009 indri rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasia
Apakah setelah dewasa kita harus kehilangan sisi kanak-kanak kita?
Apakah setelah dewasa kita tidak boleh tertawa terbahak-bahak, berlarian kesana kemari, jahil dan iseng ngerjain temen, berpura-pura menjadi seseorang?
Apakah setelah dewasa kita harus selalu disibukkan dengan pekerjaan, angka-angka tagihan, anak, pasangan, keluhan-keluhan orang lain?

Kalau ya, susah sekali jadi orang dewasa.
Berlarian sedikit, ngambek, iseng, dibilang kekanak-kanakan.
Lalu apa iya dewasa itu berarti banyak masalah??

Gail Gauthier
Nov 09, 2013 Gail Gauthier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Here is just one of the juicie points I love about this book. A character in the book offers to serve Peter. "Your butler, perhaps! Your valet? Your serving man?" When asked what he should be called, he says, "My mother gave me the name Crichton, but like most things a mother gives, it is not worth the having." And he tells them to call him something else.

Well, Barrie wrote a play, The Admirable Crichton, about a butler named Crichton who works for a wealthy family. He and his employers are all
Fay Roberts
May 30, 2015 Fay Roberts rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
this was a recommendation from my 6 year old and I so wanted to love it (and will lie through my teeth and say I did) but it was just dire. come back beast quest - all is forgiven.....
Apr 27, 2009 Palsay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Setelah membaca kedua kalinya (penasaran sama komplennya Nielam nih), akhirnya aku berhasil mendapatkan 'soul'nya buku ini. Fantasi Geraldine McCaughrean ternyata sangat luar biasa, terutama dalam alur cerita yang lucu dan sangat tidak realistis...hihihi...

Aku sendiri belum pernah baca karya asli Mr. Barrie himself, tapi kalau film2 tentang Peter Pannya sendiri sudah sering menontonnya, mulai dari versi kartunnya, Peter Pan the movie sampai Hook. Bahkan dalam Finding Neverland, aku sempat menang
Apr 26, 2015 Marta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
La segunda parte de Peter Pan, me ha gustado mucho, aunque en algunas ocasiones algo pesado. El País de la Maravillas es un sitio al que siempre quieres volver, pero en esta ocasión el País de las Maravillas está muy cambiado, y algo malo está ocurriendo porque los sueños se están escapando, con lo cuál, los niños ya adultos tienen que volver para ver que ocurre, y encuentran a un Peter Pan muy cambiado.

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Aug 01, 2011 Janet rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the ‘official sequel’ to Peter Pan and I was really looking forward to it. However, I found it rather lacking in excitement and (and I know this sounds odd, given that the original was fantasy) too far-fetched. It was very slow and I didn't think she'd captured the essence of the 'lost boys' at all.

I loved Barrie's writing style and the humour in Peter Pan - this book didn't have much humour at all, although the opening line was funny so I thought it would be more amusing than it was.

Oct 21, 2015 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well, really, between 2 and 3 stars. I had such hope, at the beginning, because it was starting so well and dealt so neatly with the problems of getting the Darlings back, and I love the Lost Boys, who have real personalities here....and then, about halfway along I got bored and shocked that this opportunity to free Neverland from racism and sexism wasn't taken, and the mythology went catawumpus (even the mythology created just within this book itself) and bitter references to WWI were just drop ...more
I wonder if it's just me or the magic of Peter Pan is lost when you grow up? I actually don't know what it was, that made me not fall in love with this book. Maybe it was due to the fact that this book was written by a different author and several decades later? Maybe it was due to the fact that I'm not really the target audience? Or maybe it was due to the fact that I picked it up at a slightly wrong time for me? Although, I found myself thinking that I quite enjoyed the story as a whole.

I know
Sep 11, 2015 Nina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was a pretty big disappointment. As a big Peter Pan/JM Barrie fan, I don't believe that Geraldine McCaughrean truly undertsood the magic and the characters of the original Peter Pan. The idea of adults becoming young again by simply putting on their children's clothes was just ridiculous. Pretty much all the characters personalities were changed too.

Peter would have never acted in the way that he did in this book. He was whiny and kind of a coward. I understand that Neverland had kind
Hook is Back!

No, I'm not referring to Tootles' line in the film "Hook", though that film is a wonderful sequel to "Peter Pan". I'm talking about the book "Peter Pan in Scarlet" by Geraldine McCaughrean.

I love pirate stories - and "Peter Pan" is undeniably a pirate story. Though ultimately tragic, it has all the elements of a swashbuckling tale: pirates, of course, swordfights, kidnapping, intrigue, faeries and one hungry crocodile. In the end, of course, Peter chooses to stay young forever - and
Sep 25, 2015 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Had to check to make sure I wasn't accidentally reading only the one star reviews....people don't seem to like this one as much, but it sure looks interesting.

4.5 stars
All those one and two star reviews had me braced for something dreadful. But it wasn't.
Guys (and gals), Peter Pan in Scarlet is not a mistake. It is positively magical.
It has been a few years since I read the original Peter Pan, and what memories I have are rather dim and colored by Peter Pan whacking older Lost
Dec 29, 2008 miaaa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fairy-haven
Interesting story. If you wish you can stay as a child forever, think about it again. Even children have their own problems. But that won't keep their rights in shadows, a right to possess imaginations and live it up.

So Wendy and the Lost boys must return to Neverland, as something surely happened in the dreamland. Pan has changed alot, he is not himself. The Ravelling man is turned out to be their old foe.

What an adventure. You can't just read it, you ought to enter the Neverland and hike thro
"Peter Pan in Scarlet" didn't appeal to me as much as I hoped, despite a nice narration done by Tim Curry in the audiobook version. The story takes quite some time building to a point of interest, unlike the original J.M. Barrie works. It seemed that many, including Peter Pan himself, acted distinctly out of character, save for perhaps the last third of the novel, which actually kept and held my attention all the way until the end. However, the buildup to that point took a long time, and while I ...more
John Korniotakis
This book gets a lot of hate for some reason... I don't know why... I really enjoyed this book and I can rightfully say that , after having read it, it is a proper sequel to the beloved story of our childhood...However this story is a bit darker than the original since the author tries to show how adults lose their inocence and imagination as they step into adulthood, and how corruption can affect a kind and gentle hero as Peter Pan...
Jul 02, 2010 Danika rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sequel
This was a difficult read; considering this is a children's book I am not sure if that is a feat by the author or if it says something about me as a reader. Maybe I expected too much. I had heard so much about the book in 2008, about how it was an OFFICIAL SEQUEAL exclamation point exclamation point one exclamation point.

True, no one can really capture what J.M. Barrie originally created. It is too difficult to fully step into the shoes of another.

It was just hard to choke down read-wise and it
Jul 05, 2012 Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bethany and I read through this authorized sequel to Peter Pan. While we enjoyed the Dave Barry Pan series, it pales in comparison to this one. This one is full of creativity, silliness, and absolutely stunning use of language. The executors of the J.M. Barrie estate chose well. While this is an excellent sequel to Pan, let me warn you: This is not written in the same tenor as the original. While it certainly copies much of the off-the-wall silliness, this is a much, much darker book. It is not ...more
Aug 14, 2015 Katherine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 25, 2015 Rachel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
Life is too short to spend on bad books. Tim Curry tried his hardest to sell this to me, but I had to give up at 50%. This book is ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous. Instead of making a unique story with new characters it turns adults into children. It revives James Hook. It turns a lost boy into a girl just cause. It kills off Michael.

There are SO many better ways they could have gone. If you're looking for a good sequel to Peter Pan, read Peter and the Starcatchers. That series captures the m
Oct 08, 2007 Deana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
While Dave Barry’s Peter & The Starcatchers books have brought the story to life for a whole new generation of kids this is the first officially sanctioned sequel to Peter Pan. McCaughrean’s envisions a Neverland destroyed by lack of belief, “old boys” who used to be lost boys, Peter Pan the only child and a whole new pesky pixie named Fireflyer. McCaughrean takes readers very convincingly back to a changed Neverland but the adventure is fulfilling and entirely believable. This is an ambitio ...more
Dec 23, 2009 Mariam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the official SEQUEL TO PETER PAN!!! The rights of the novel Peter Pan were given to a hospital by the author, so all proceeds of the novel would go to the hospital. A few years ago, the hospital had a contest for writing a sequel to the already cherished story. Geraldine McCaughrean won that contest, and this is her thrilling sequel that she has produced. Please consider reading it or reading it to other children you know!!! I must say, I think all ages should read this to find out a bit ...more
Aug 07, 2009 Molly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I tried to like it. I really did. I love J.M. Barrie, I love the magic of Neverland, and really I just love that Peter Pan never grows up. The writing style of the book was reminiscent of the first, which I liked to a degree. However, I think for me it was less about the plot and the writing style, and more about the fact that Neverland could change. I think what I love about the original is that it seems as though Neverland never will change. So for me, this book just didn't work, but for those ...more
Shyanne Garland
Jan 05, 2016 Shyanne Garland rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I loathe this book. Honestly, I don't remember hating a book so much in my life. It is a mockery of the original novel and story. There are several different variations of Peter Pan that have been created. Some of these variations are good and some are not. However, none of them are considered to be the official sequel. It is an insult to J.M Barrie and his works to call this piece of trash an official sequel. Had it been just another variation to the story I would not be harsh but it's a joke t ...more
Jan 04, 2015 Arkara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Peter Pan in Scarlet while I was at Disney world, and I liked it. It’s an exciting answer to the question of what happened to Wendy and her brothers after Peter pan dropped them off. It was very funny, and a great relief from my other serious books. Set once again, in London, dreams are leaking from the holes worn in the fabric between the here and now. Wendy, now grown up, takes matters in her own hands and convinces her brother Tootles and the lost boys the darlings adopted at the end o ...more
Mar 03, 2014 Kristi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Description: Wendy, John, and the Lost Boys of Neverland have grown up... but darkness is leaking out of their dreams. As they sleep, Neverland is calling them, and that call is a cry for help. Convinced that Peter needs them, the group sets out to do the impossible: turn back into children, find fairy dust in smoggy London, and travel back to Neverland. But when they do arrive, Neverland is no longer an isle of joyous summer. Somehow, their precious island has transformed into a dark, evil, and ...more
Dec 11, 2015 Andrea rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Llevo intentando leerlo desde los 10 años... y ¡¡no puedo!!
Pienso que el argumento es bastante interesante, pero cuando los chicos llegan al País de Nunca Jamás todo es tan aburrido... Sinceramente, no se si conseguiré leerlo alguna vez.
Sam Valladolid
Realmente a este libro le pondría 3.5 estrellas pero no las pondré por que me ganó el valor sentimental que le tengo, así que para mi es 4.5/5.

La verdad es que no recuerdo casi nada de lo que viene en este libro pero recuerdo que con tan solo 11 años esta historia me hizo volar, imaginar, y asustar. Me gustó mucho el libro en ese tiempo y quedó en mi estanteria acumulando polvo por años, pero en el momento en que lo sustuve en mis manos de nuevo, me viniéron miles de recuerdos de este libro.

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Geraldine McCaughrean was born in 1951 and brought up in North London. She studied at Christ Church College of Education, Canterbury and worked in a London publishing house for 10 years before becoming a full-time writer in 1988. She has written over 120 books, 50 short plays for schools, and a radio play.

Her adult novels include Fires’ Astonishment (1990) and The Ideal Wife (1997), but she is bes
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“[Peter Pan] has never broken his terrible habit of eavesdropping. So, maybe that wasn't the rustle of pages you heard while this story lasted, but Peter Pan himself, listening in. In exchanged for a story of yours, he might show you his most prized possession: James Hooks' map of Neverland.

In exchange for a smile, he may show you Neverland itself.”
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