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Peter and the Secret of Rundoon (Peter and the Starcatchers #3)

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In this action-packed conclusion to the Starsearchers trilogy, Peter and Molly find themselves in the dangerous land of Rundoon, ruled by the evil King Zarboff, who takes great delight in watching his pet snake, Kundalini, consume anyone who displeases him. But that's just the start of the trouble facing our heroes, who once again find themselves pitted against the evil sh ...more
Hardcover, 482 pages
Published October 23rd 2007 by Hyperion Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Krystal
A great finish to the Peter and the Starcatchers series! I've really never been a big Peter Pan fan but these books made me love Peter. I always thought Peter Pan was too arrogant but these books shed a light on Peter's vulnerable, sweet side. I love how they set up the story because all the classic things about Peter Pan (his shadow, Tinker Bell, the clock in the crocodile, Captain Hook) are explained and it gives you that "ah-ha!" moment. All the books were very enjoyable and I still get a gig ...more
Thomas
If you’ve read the previous two books in the Peter Pan prequel trilogy, then you ought to take the time to read through this last book in the series. It follows the other books pretty logically, and it maintains the same sense of whimsy, adventure, and imagination that the previous books had. Unfortunately, it’s a little dense with detail, and more than a little overlong in its presentation.

Let’s be honest for a moment: Peter and the Starcatchers was really the only book necessary as a prequel t
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Kyra
Feb 09, 2008 Kyra rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Guess
I think this one is the best in the series! It is absolutly posotivly an AMAZING BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!
June
Apr 27, 2008 June rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: adventure and fantasy readers
Recommended to June by: Gordon
Shelves: fantasy
I read this in one day. I really enjoyed this series and I don't know that I ever read Peter Pan. I don't consider myself a Peter Pan fan. They are great adventures and I love the concepts behind the story: star stuff, shadow stealing and how they work these in to explain parts of the original story. A really fun read.
Melissa
I loved this trilogy to set up Peter Pan - the authors were meticulous in addressing details I'd even forgotten about (the ticking clock, the name Pan . . ) I wish I could live in this world a bit longer. I was sad to see this series end but loved ever minute of it!
Alice
I'd been taking these books out on audio from the library. But I enjoyed them so much, I went ahead and purchased this one. They're fun, entertaining, and the narration is excellent.

This is the third book about the origin of Peter Pan, which posits that he got his ability to fly from a long exposure to "star stuff," a glittery powder that can bring about all kinds of miracles. In this, he's kidnapped to Rundoon, where the bad guys (the Others; why they call themselves that is beyond me) have a b
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Charlyn  Trussell
Peter's quiet life on the island is changed when the island is attacked by a murderous tribe. When Peter tries to come to the aid of the peaceful Mollusk tribe, he is downed by a poison arrow from the Scorpions. His weakened state allows him to be captured by the evil, reappearing shadow Lord Ombra who takes Peter to Rundoon. Peter's magical abilities to locate starstuff fall, a quality that he himself didn't even know he had, is needed for nefarious purposes by Ombra and the dark side he repres ...more
Tara
Mar 14, 2009 Tara rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who knows the story of Peter Pan, and who wants to know how everything happened and why.
Recommended to Tara by: Natalie
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Kathy Davie

Third in the Peter and the Starcatchers children's fantasy-adventure series based upon the Peter Pan of James Barrie fame.


My Take
We learn a tiny bit about Peter's parents as well as a wee bit about Peter himself. The important part of the story is saving the world from Lord Ombra and his Darkness and eliminating the slave trade between Rundoon and St. Norbert's even as Peter fears the watchfulness of his own shadow. Is it even his own?

I do love how Barry and Pearson manage to tie in bits and p
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Amy
I am going to review all three of these ("Peter and the Starcatchers" "Peter and the Shadow Theives" and "Peter and the Secret of Rundoon" in one review.

I loved all three of these books. They make wonderful prequels to the original "Peter Pan" story and set up how Peter became, well, Peter! There are little hints that refer to things to come which are enjoyable (oh that's how Neverland became magical, that's how Captain Hook came to be and hates Peter, etc) So as a fan of "Peter Pan" these three
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Sarah
While this was still a very good book; it was as good as the first two in the trilogy. It dragged on in placed and was a little longer than it needed to be. The events also seemed more random, and while they tied together at the end it was a bit of a stretch. But...it is the history of Peter Pan, so I guess a stretch should be expected. I may have also not liked this book as well because I did not have as much time to read it as quickly as the first two(vacation, sickness, etc); and I tend to ge ...more
Carol
This book never slows down.

Molly and George are busy trying to find answers to some difficult questions, Mollusk Island is about to be invaded by the Scorpion tribe, the pirates are busy being pirates. Then there are poison arrows, underwater ships, Lord Ombra, Hook, Rundoon and it's horrible king Zarboff the Third, snakes, flying camels, monkeys and rockets, more "lost boys", way too much olive oil and flying ships with Captain Hook at the helm - it is great.

When our heroes make it back to Moll
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Laura
I can't say it enough: I really, really like this series.

I like Peter so much better in this series than in any other incarnation of Peter Pan that I've known (I've not read the original book yet, so I'm pretty much relying on other stories and movies). I feel like in those he's rather one-dimensional; no depth. But in this series he's a real person! He has feelings! Thoughts! Not just a devilish imp who enjoys taunting pirates and never growing up. I like having the insight into his past, and
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Amy
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Kayla
I love this series so much, and I'm sad to see this trilogy end! Peter and the Secret of Rundoon is a fast-paced, wonderfully humorous, incredibly creative conclusion to a beautiful rendition of how Peter Pan could have come to exist.

All of the characters in this book are wonderfully thought out and set into the plot. From Molly's Starcatcher father to Captain Hook himself, each plays their role wonderfully (or sinister-ly, if referring to the pirate). I couldn't stop flipping the pages, wanting
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Kristi
I had read Peter and the Starcatchers a few years ago, and loved it... hmm, more than a few years since it was before my eldest was born. That same child now LOVES all things Peter Pan, and so I revisited the series with the idea to read a chapter a night to the 5 yr old.

Not a good idea. I'm so glad I started reading BEFORE mentioning my brilliant idea to him! This will be the perfect read-together series in another 5 years... but honestly, there's 2 areas of concern for younger fans:

1) He doesn
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Brittany Hayes
It was a spiffy book; very unpredicable!

I like how the Starcathers trilogy incorprates the backstory of different elements of Peter Pan that the book doesn't go in depth about, into the story like how Never Neverland and every one upon the island stays the same age forever because of the starstuff that leaked throw the hull of the ship as Captain Hook flew it in the sky that was very clever!
Caitlin Meisenbach
What a fun adventure! This series has gotten increasingly enjoyable as the first three books have progressed. (Also, increasingly scary. Not sure how young kids might handle it.) I've really enjoy watching these characters mature and how that affects their relationships.

This really felt like the end of the story, though. At the end, rather than rushing off to get the next book, I felt really satisfied with where things were.

One quibble: Molly had always been such a good example of a strong, smar
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Kathleen
"'He's watching you.'
'Who is?' Peter asked.
Tink pointed at Peter's shadow. 'He is.'"

Peter and Molly thought their problems were over, but they may have been overestimating their luck. The third book of the series reveals a disastrous evil plan and brings Peter closer to the past than ever before. I personally enjoyed the first two books of the series more but still think Peter and the Secret of Rundoon was thrilling. If you've read the other books, you cannot afford to miss this one. It really
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Banana
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Jeffrey Howard
A fun, fast-paced adventure that young readers will love. The villain, Lord Ombra, is reminiscent of a shapeless, and similarly-frightening Lord Voldemort. He is almost omnipresent as a literal shadow character out to rid the world of light--he is bent on destroying the universe. Cap'n Hook's villainy pales in comparison to him. He makes a few appearances and maintains a minor role.

Barry creates an interesting, magic-infused alternative history of the world based around Starcatchers and The Othe
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Jenevieve
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The 3rd book in the Starcatchers series. The reports of starstuff falls are no longer being reported to the Starcatchers and Lord Aster is heading to France to discuss the matter with the other Starcatchers. Molly, curious as always, ends up sneaking away and doing some research to find out that the mysterious reports came from a Mr. Pan who disappeared 12 years ago, about the same time an infant named Peter was deposited at St. Norbert's as an orphan. Through
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Alec
This is both a consistently good and consistently surprising series. Jim Dale puts it all over the top. Dave Berry does an excellent job of reimagining a story that is both well known and incomplete at the same time. It seems that each story brings another of the Peter Pan characters into focus and adds depth, history, and details to them that complement what you already know. He handles these additions in a way that feel loyal to the original and creative at the same time.

The Secret of Rundoon
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Izzy Ringer
Peter and the Secret of Rundoon is the third book in the Peter and the Starcatchers series and most likely the last! Most expect the third book to be a boring jumble of predictable events, but that is far from the truth. The third book was just as engaging and fun as the others! In this book, Peter finds himself traveling to the place he was supposed to be brought to from the very start to be sold as a slave. We should all thank Captain Hook for invading the ship which was leading Peter to his d ...more
Nicole
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Tracey
I have enjoyed this series, but gradually have become disappointed with it. The story has gotten away from what made the first book really good... the characters, namely Hook and his crew. I love Hook's quirky character and his witty dialog in book one made me laugh out loud. However, Hook is written less and less into the last two books in the series. By book 3, he spends 90% of the time in jail, just as a way of getting him out of the picture. I missed Hook and wanted him back in the "picture" ...more
Jeni Enjaian
I'm so glad that the series actually featured Rundoon and that Rundoon had such a prominent part after just being mentioned in passing allusions. I have to admit that I came into this particular book at a bit of a disadvantage due to not being able to listen to the end of the previous book. (Somehow I was missing the last disc of the audiobook.) That meant spending the first few chapters trying to discern what happened at the end of the second book based on the information given at the beginning ...more
82twitchy
Peter and the Secret of Rundoon is a fantasy novel that is based in J.M Barry's play Peter Pan. The seting of the story is the desert when ships were still used( they didn't give a specific date). Peter, Molly and their friends are caught in the middle of a battle - raging throughout the universe - fought between creation and a substance that is known as starstuff and notingness and destruction lead by Lord Ombra. While using the starstuff, which can make you fly and many other unknown things, ...more
Heather Pearson
Peter and his lost boys are back in another rollicking adventure. Mollusk Island has been attacked by a brutal band of warriors determined to vanquish the Mollusks and seize their treasures. At the same time in the far away land of Rundoon, the Star Catchers are also under attack.

Somehow Lord Ombra has pulled himself together and he is holding nothing back in his assault on all that is light and good.

Molly, Lord Aster's daughter, and her neighbour George Darling, get themselves in all sorts of
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Shannon
This was the third book (and last) in the prequels to Peter Pan. You can tell 2 competent writers penned this, because the story was tight and thorough, and the writing was good. All the characters from the other 2 books came back, and Barry & Pearson managed to come up with an amazing backstory for the island, its natives, the mermaids, the crocodile (I LOVE the croc!), Tinkerbell, and the rest. I'm looking forward to Peter and the Sword of Mercy, which takes place 20 years later, and the c ...more
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Dave Barry is a humor columnist. For 25 years he was a syndicated columnist whose work appeared in more than 500 newspapers in the United States and abroad. In 1988 he won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. Many people are still trying to figure out how this happened.
Dave has also written a total of 30 books, although virtually none of them contain useful information. Two of his books were used as
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