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Peter and the Shadow Thieves (Peter and the Starcatchers #2)

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  29,770 Ratings  ·  1,251 Reviews
In this riveting and adventure-packed follow-up to Peter and the Starcatchers, we discover Peter leaving the relative safety of Mollusk Island-along with his trusted companion Tinker Bell-for the cold, damp streets of London. On a difficult journey across the sea, he and Tink discover the dark and deadly, slithering part-man/part-creature Lord Ombra. It seems that the drea ...more
ebook, 557 pages
Published November 23rd 2010 by Disney Press (first published January 1st 2006)
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Molly Jo
Feb 23, 2009 Molly Jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-books
This book, like the one before it, was absolutely delightful! I read it in an effort to take a small angst vacation. Peter Pan is my all time favorite children's story/ fairy tale, so these books are right up my alley. In this one, we are starting to see Peter struggle with the fact that the other Lost Boys are growing up, as is Molly, but Peter never will. I'm interested to see how Barry and Pearson will develop this part of the storyline, because in J. M Barrie's book, the Lost Boys are childr ...more
Rebecca McNutt
Sort of a modern adaptation of the classic Peter Pan, this book is the second in the series, wonderfully-written and telling the story of a boy called Peter and his best friend, Tinker Bell, as they go through numerous adventures.
My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 Unicorns - I loved it!!!
***Borrowed the audiobook CD’s from the library

The cover is definitely reminds you of Peter Pan with the flying out the window scene :)

I really like this series and so does my son. I know the library has the first 4 books in audio, so we will be borrowing them all to listen in the car.

This is such a fun series with tons of adventure. My son and I love listening to it in the car before and after school. If I could nail my son down longer than thi
Mar 03, 2016 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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Dec 17, 2015 Katrina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I read this whole giant thing in one sitting. I'm so in love with this version of Peter Pan that I didn't even realize I had spent over 5 hours reading this. There was so much adventure in this book, and a lot of new characters that helped make the story better, and it was such a good read. I love Peter so much, and it was really fun reading the scenes between him and Tinker Bell. I'm excited to read what happens in the next book, as there wasn't a cliffhanger at the end, so I'm no sure what to ...more
Kathy Davie
Oct 31, 2011 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, fantasy
Second in the Peter and the Starcatchers children's fantasy-adventure series about a boy who will never grow up and can fly.

The Story
Peter has gotten just a bit too cocky on Never Land, teasing Captain Hook and the pirates when he's the only one who can fly. He's not setting a very good example as a leader and because of it, James gets caught by Hook and his crew. Rescuing James leaves the Mollusk peoples' compound unguarded which enables Lord Ombra to steal away Fighting Prawn's daughter, Shi
Alyssa Nelson
I absolutely love the idea behind this series. Instead of retelling the old version of Peter Pan, Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson have simply imagined a background for Peter. This series goes through the days before Peter became the legendary "Peter Pan." It's great, because those who aren't familiar with the story can follow, and those who do know the story can be amused by references to what Peter will eventually become.

Aside from the history behind the characters, this is an entertaining and de
Izzy Ringer
Apr 08, 2010 Izzy Ringer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This sequel to Peter and the Starcatches is a definite nail biter. Peter and Molly face a seemingly indestructable enemy which can take control over someone merely by touching their shadow. Peter must help Molly's father get rid of the dangerously miraculous 'Starstuff' before the evil Lord Ombra (the shadow stealing enemy) takes it for himself and use it to take over the world or something!

I would compair this book to The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins because they both had a reasonable amout
Sep 08, 2014 Tricia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, middle-grades
I wanted to like this book, I really did. But overall, I found it tiresome.

As I said in the review for the first book, I felt like they could have cut at least 25% without any damage to the overall story. How many times do we need to read about Peter (and usually Tink and sometimes Molly) barely escaping yet another danger? Another reviewer mentioned the Harry Potter franchise when commenting on the length; I found other parallels: the name of Peter's school (St Norbert's School for Wayward Boys
In this riveting and adventure-packed follow-up to the award-winning New York Times bestseller Peter and the Starcatchers, Peter leaves the relative safety of Mollusk Island - along with his trusted companion, Tinker Bell - for the dark and dangerous streets of London. On a difficult journey across the sea, he and Tink discover the mysterious and deadly Lord Ombra, who is intent on recovering the missing starstuff - celestial dust that contains unimaginable powers. In London, Peter attempts to t ...more
Jan 11, 2009 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an absolutely terrific book, and much scarier than Barry and Pearson's first installment. While the elements of humor and whimsy still abound, the stakes are higher and the tone is quite dark at times. The authors also do an admirable job of making Peter both relatable and quite complicated. It had never occurred to me before reading this series that there is a sadness inherent in Peter Pan; even though he gets to be forever young, he is also doomed to watch his friends age and move forw ...more
Dec 28, 2008 Addie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 01, 2008 Janssen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, fantasy, 2007
I really liked the Peter and the Star Catchers, but this book was even better. The plot was tighter (and quite unpredictable), the characters more developed, and the story just raced along. The bad guys were scarier to me than the previous ones, and the situation was both more fantastic and more desperate than the last book. I loved that George Darling was introduced into the story. I literally could hardly put this book down - I was so anxious to see what was going to happen next.

This book is,
awalnya saya skeptis dengan buku ini.
cuma ngerasa skeptis aja hehe..

tapi ternyata lumayan seru juga.
sayang versi terjemahan yang saya baca kurang memuaskan. terjemahannya kurang konsisten. ada satu kata yang pada redaksi aslinya disebut 'The Return' dan pada awalnya penerjemah membiarkan kata tsb dibiarkan seperti apa adanya. namun hal itu berubah pada bagian tengah cerita. 'The Return' diterjemahkan menjadi 'Pengembalian'. sebagai pembaca awam saya cuma bisa baca aja sambil mengerutkan d
Jaap Akkermans
Apr 14, 2015 Jaap Akkermans rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Peter, the lost boy left with magical powers on an Island called the Never Land, wanted to see his friend Molly again back in England. Unfortunately, he had no reason to go there and there was no way he could get there. So, one day he went exploring and found that a boat full of evil men had come to steal the magic. What the men didn't know was that the magic was in England with his friend's family. Then, the men figured out and set sail to England. Peter, wanting to warn Molly, hid on their shi ...more
Cranberry Public
Possibly an even better adventure story than the first "Peter and the Starcatchers" book, this installment takes place in cold, foggy, dangerous London. These books are wonderfully creative and full of detailed descriptions of the unique characters, haunting landscapes, and exciting escapades of Peter, Tink, and Molly. You will never think of Peter Pan the same way again! This will appeal to anyone who enjoys Harry Potter or the Percy Jackson books. Don't let the fact that it is written for chil ...more
Sep 23, 2015 Linette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was interested to see whether Dave Barry could keep the cracking pace and level of a jolly good read that he set in Peter and the Star-catchers. I am pleased to say that he definitely achieved this. If anything this was more of a chair gripping rollercoaster than the first of his prequels to Peter Pan. Along with the cast of the last book the author manages to give George Darling an appearance in this one.

Jolly good read.
Lee Ann
Nov 09, 2015 Lee Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series is a prequel to the Peter Pan story we all know. Quite 5 year old will love these in a few year. They are wonderful adventures for young readers and adults will enjoy them as well.
Elisabeth Cody
Jan 21, 2015 Elisabeth Cody rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A strange dark creature is searching for starstuff, and he is not gonna give up. Alarmed by what has happened at the island, peter flies to London to tell Molly, only to find out that she is being followed by the shadow to.
Brooke Reynolds
Aug 14, 2016 Brooke Reynolds rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We loved listening to the audiobook of this series because it is narrated by Jim Dale, who also narrated the Harry Potter audiobooks. He's amazing, and I think could make a reading of the phone book entertaining!
Kimberly Sabatini
TINKERBELL!!!! She stole the show in this book and I loved it. Boys giggled and cheered the whole way through. A fabulous series.
Mar 07, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this to my 7 y.o. boy. He absolutely loved it. I couldn't wait for bedtime so that we could read a few chapters.
Sep 18, 2016 Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm very happy with this. I'd really like to meet these writers.
Aug 10, 2015 ChaiAndDates rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This too
Mar 11, 2016 Christina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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My 11 year old loves this series! He's so happy there are more to read!
Jan 07, 2009 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is soooooooo good!!!
Jan 19, 2017 Tamera rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this audiobook!!! The book is SO good. Then you add Jim Dale's remarkable performance and it just zings!

This is the continuing story of Peter Pan's adventures, pre-Wendy. The first book told how he arrived on the island and set up the situation of his never growing up. This picks up several months (maybe a year?) later and the Captain Hook and the boys have settled into a routine of mutual harassment and hatred. This is interrupted by a new villain aided by some previously met varmints.
Connor Wood
Jan 10, 2017 Connor Wood rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly suspenseful with the Shadow Thief as powerful as it is. I loved how there are times when I think "Well, there's now way out of this one..." and then some creative solution comes along and I'm left perplexed. Very fun.
Sep 29, 2008 Kristi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The series of Peter and the Starcatchers is a delightful and entertaining prequel to the original story of Peter Pan. As the second novel of the trilogy, my personal opinion is that Peter and the Shadow Thieves proves an intriguing continuation of the tale before Disney’s animated film. For those who have read the first novel, Peter and the Starcatchers, they’ll find that the second book does absolute justice by living up to all the standards of the first. While one may need to read the first b ...more
Jan 02, 2017 Holly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved the first book Peter and the Star Catchers. Loves this even more. So much adventure, twists and fun. Love seeing the way it explains how Peter came to be and how his story unfolds.
Also love listening to Jim Dale doing the audio!
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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.
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