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Peter and the Starcatchers

(Peter and the Starcatchers #1)

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In an evocative and fast-paced adventure on the high seas and on a faraway island, an orphan boy named Peter and his mysterious new friend, Molly, overcome bands of pirates and thieves in their quest to keep a fantastical secret safe and save the world from evil. Best-selling authors Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson have turned back the clock to reveal the wonderful story tha ...more
Paperback, 452 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Disney-Hyperion (first published September 1st 2004)
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Feb 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
Pulitzer Prize winning humorist Dave Barry, best selling mystery writer Ridley Pearson, and illustrator Greg Call have combined their talents to create a series of prequels to the J.M. Barrie classic Peter Pan. This is the first of those stories.

Let me start my little review by saying that this book is so fun, exciting, and enjoyable that I have completely forgotten (almost) the creepy feeling I felt as a 42 year old man wandering around the children's section of the library looking for it.

Yes i
*Reviewer's Note: obviously, there isn't a movie version of this book (yet, anyway - they're supposedly working on one, which will probably be terrible but I'll save that rant for later) so once again I have to put a book on my The Movie Is Better shelf because I can't be bothered to create a shelf titled The Stage Adaptation Is Better. Just keep in mind that if that shelf existed, this book would be there*

First, Some Background: (for review of actual book, please skip ahead to paragraph four) S
Nov 25, 2014 rated it liked it
honestly pretty unhinged that i thought to mark this as read, considering my reading it = my fifth grade teacher reading it aloud to us in like 15 minute installments for months on end, but i stand by it. i was an attentive listener and a teacher's pet from birth.

this book is fun and good when a teacher is forcing you into it, but i tried to pick it up again a few years later and it was a full on snooze.

shoutout to Ms. C, though. good job on the read-aloud.

part of a project i'm doing where i re
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Peter Pan - the prequel
Never land,
the Pirates,
the Mermaids,
the Indians,
the Lost Boys,
the Crocodile,
the creation of Captain Hook,
and Tinkerbell!

To sea...
Cyrus Pembridge, the Never Land’s captain, was widely regarded as the most incompetent man to command a ship since the formation of water.

“Who in the name of common sense would put to sea on that ship with that man in charge?” wondered Mack.

“Well,” Alf answered, “we are.”

“True,” Mack said. “But nobody else’d hire the likes of us.”

Dinner on bo
Michael Fierce
Apr 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Peter Pan
descriptionSometimes I think I am Peter Pan because if growing up means you have to put down or put away the things you've loved since you were a kid then I can tell you I don't want to grow up. Not now. Not ever. Never. Ever.

I planned to read the original classic one day, having always been a fan of the Disney animated cartoon version growing up, that forever connected me to Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Wendy and all the wonderful characters and places associated with Kensington Gardens and Neverland. I coul
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it

This is honestly a really cute and fun middle grade retelling of Peter Pan. I think a lot of kids could like this even more than the original story.
Feb 01, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, children, 2007
I love Dave Barry. My parents both adore Dave Barry, as does my grandmother, and they've been reading or handing off various columns and books of his to me for as long as I can remember. I've read practically every column he's ever written and most of his books. For some reason, though, I've never read his novels, Big Trouble and Tricky Business. I love his non-fiction columns, so I was less interested in his fictional books. Then, when I went home for Christmas, my brother was reading the secon ...more
Oct 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: for fans of harry potter?
Loved it. Great fantasy. prequel to peter pan. grades late 4th - 8. Grade 5-9–This prequel to Peter Pan refers as much to the 1953 animated Disney film as to J. M. Barrie's original play and novel. The early chapters introduce the archetypal antagonists: Peter, leader of a group of orphan boys being sent into slavery aboard the Never Land, and Black Stache, a fearsome pirate who commands a villainous crew. New characters include Molly Aster and her father. Molly, at 14, is an apprentice Starcatc ...more
Sep 26, 2007 rated it liked it
I picked this book up in the airport on my way to South Africa because I thought it looked a bit Harry Potter-esque. I knew it was a book for children, but it had a heft similar to the Harry Potter books, and I was looking for something light and fast to read. Sometimes, for plane reading, I don't want something heavy and ponderous - just something that will keep my attention and interest for long enough to get from here to there. Unfortunately, the heft of the book and the magical subject matte ...more
Feb 18, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sf-fantasy
If you are going to write a prequel and explain everything about a book considered a 'classic' than at least come up up with something better than this.
Somehow two fairly talented writers got together and managed to suck most of the fun and magic out of Peter Pan.
That takes effort.

The explaination of how NeverLand came to be is on a level of feeble right up there with George Lucas deciding the Force is caused by alien germs.

The only character I liked was the pirate that eventually becomes Captai
Feb 24, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: everyone wanting a little adventure
Recommended to Morgan by: Mom
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JP Seabury
Nov 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I have vague childhood memories of the tale of Peter Pan and Wendy, which probably come more from the Disney movie than any books that might have been read to me as a child. But from what I remember, it was one of those stories that starts in the middle of some other story.

You don't know, for instance, how Peter Pan came to be a boy who could fly, or never grow-up. You don't know how it is that he lives on an island with the Lost Boys, a tribe of "Indians", and his arch-nemesis, Captain Hook.

Joe Hunt
May 31, 2012 rated it did not like it
This book is horrible.

(Full disclosure: once upon a time, I thought Dave Barry was funny -- in the 80's -- so not a total hater.)

But I'm a huge J.M. Barrie fan (or Johnny Depp-as-J.M. Barrie).

p.s. I read it -- b/c I heard on comingsoon: they're going to make it into a movie.

Read the real Peter Pan alongside it -- I was doing that -- and you'll feel totally insulted.

The original...We've all seen the Disney cartoon (and the legend is so big), so we think we know it. But no.

It's so well-written. E
Apr 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: children, families, Disney fans
Recommended to Cindy by: book club
Shelves: children
This was chosen as a book club read for me, and my initial reaction to the selection was "Oh, no. Not another Peter Pan story." I was pleasantly surprised at this "prequel" series. It is definitely recommended for kids, but I enjoyed it myself. I thought the ideas of how Pater Pan and his friends came to be was quite creative. For any audio book fans, this is read by Jim Dale of Harry Potter fame. Just like in Rowling's books, Dale is fabulous at reading these stories. The book (and its sequels) ...more
Wart Hill
I'm not entirely sure what to say about this book. I enjoyed it, it was fun...but I felt oddly distanced from the characters and the story. I never felt fully invested. I don't know if that was just a me thing or if it was the book, but even so I did manage to get all the way through. And it was a nice, fun read. ...more
Farah Neemat
It is not that interesting but it has a good start. 🌷
عمران ابن مصر
Mar 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: sweet
This book deserve 3 stars
Really fantastic
I decide to rate 5 stars but when press the golden stars i check 3 stars

My favorite character, Peter, was portrayed differently than his Disney, film and novel counterparts (He also isn’t explicitly called “Peter Pan” either), but he was still the boastful yet playful and free-spirited character that audiences have come to love.
His developing relationship with Molly was truly a treasure to read as it unfolded, and despite being new characters, I grew
Apr 15, 2019 rated it liked it
My students read this out loud over the past few months before we see the stage adaptation. It lagged in areas but other parts were engaging and exciting. A nice addition to the Peter Pan lore.
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book by Dave Barry is very similar to the original Peter Pan But has more action and includes more info. It tells the adventure of Peter and his friends (all of whom are orphaned) on their journey across the sea while being chased by the most dreaded pirate in history: Black stache. I would recommend this book to fans of Peter Pan and other book like that.
Liz B
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
What a slog this was to get through, in spite of Jim Dale's wonderful-as-always narration. My husband said that Dale's contribution primarily made it obvious how inferior this book was to the Harry Potter series. We finished it, though...months after starting. ...more
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tr-childrens
after all these years this book still manages to amaze me🥰🥰
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Katrina Michelle
I read this YEARS ago and don't remember much, so I can't rate it, but I have to re-read it and then read the rest of the books because what I am doinggggg this is an entire Peter Pan retelling SERIES! (yes, this required a run-on sentence) ...more
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-bookshelves
This was a fun adventure! So this is sort of a Peter Pan retelling/prequel of the original story. Basically this story tells us how Peter Pan was created. Fun adventure, and felt very true to the original Peter Pan. I really liked it!
J. Bookish
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I’m a sucker for all things Peter Pan.

I wanted to read this because I was interested in the play, but I don’t enjoy reading scripts so I thought “hey, source material!”.

I think this was incredibly inventive prequel to a very well-loved story. It could have gone horribly wrong, but it only served to make me love the characters even more.

The writing was not my favorite. A bit choppy. The chapters were very short and bounced around quite a lot; perhaps more than necessary. It is an MG novel, tho
Dave Revere
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Pirates and magic? Flying and stars? I was in before I even opened the book. Peter and the Starcatchers is a wonder-filled origin story for J.M. Barrie’s famous boy who never grew up. Peter Pan has always been the character with whom I most identify in fiction. His eternal dilemma between remaining static in the joys of boyhood and embarking on the greater adventure of growing up is ever poignant as I find myself becoming more proactive to prevent my own childlike sensibilities from slipping awa ...more
Jerry Peterson
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Harold Johnson bought a stack of my books to put in his Breadloaf Bookstore, so I felt obligated to buy at least one of his.

He has several thousand on his shelves and tables, but one stood out. Har, Matey . . . a book with a pirate on the cover. And more. The moon silhouetting a flying boy.

“Peter Pan,” Johnson said. “It’s the prequel.”

The story starts before Peter knows how to fly.

Johnson tapped Barry’s name on the cover. “The publisher put it there to sell books.”

Barry, a longtime humor columni
Kathy Davie
Sep 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, children
First in the Peter and the Starcatchers middle-grade fantasy series loosely based upon Peter Pan, the Lost Boys, and Neverland.

My Take
At last! The "true story" behind Peter Pan, mermaids, centaurs, and sea monsters! Actually Barry and Pearson have been ingenious in using the Peter Pan tale to create their own middle-grade fantasy, and it is quite an adventure from the start of the tale to the end of this installment. The authors have cleverly explained most of the highlights of the Peter Pan sto
Tasasha Battle
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
In my placement my teacher choose to read to the students, as a relaxing fun literature for the end of the year, a book named Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. On my first glance at the book I assumed that it would be too advanced and confusing to read aloud to the students. However, when my teacher begun to read the students froze and was glued with their mouths open to the book’s content. From there I realized the value of reading to your students. Additionally, in o ...more
Keith Moser
Feb 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson have created a fascinating prequel to the Peter Pan story we're all very familiar with in Peter and the Starcatchers.

I saw the Tony-award winning play Thanksgiving weekend last year and was blown away with its awesomeness.

(For those who don't know, this novel was adapted into a play that premiered in California, opened Off-Broadway and ran for just under a year with over 300 performances on Broadway. The VERY imaginative play and won the Tony Award for Best Feature
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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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