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Peter and the Shadow Thieves

(Peter and the Starcatchers #2)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  33,017 ratings  ·  1,359 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 557 pages
Published July 15th 2006 by Hyperion Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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Molly Jo
Feb 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this series! I'm a huge Peter Pan fan and this take on the classic story is awesome.
Part 2 really managed to expand the world of Pan and works as a perfect prequel to beloved story by J.M Barrie. Really looking forward to the next chapter!
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
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hard-copies
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
Brandon Miller
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book wasn't fun like the first one, at least not on that same level. I didn't fall off the couch laughing or get funny looks as I chuckled to myself in the breakroom. But this book was better than the original in some ways. Better story, more tension, some unexpected emotions, fewer (seemingly) annoying villain POV scenes (at least in the second half of the book.) (Although I don't know that that counts because the villain POV scenes in both books are well written and rather entertaining.)

Kirsten Simkiss
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This series is absolutely charming. It's just the right amount of faithful to the original story and just the right amount original. It also doesn't belittle its readers for being young which I absolutely love. Nothing drives me crazy more than a book assuming the reader is unintelligent. This book is also setting up important building blocks to get to the story we all know and love, introducing George Darling, insinuating that perhaps Molly will be Wendy Darling's mother and that there's a futu ...more
Camille Hoffmann
Apr 27, 2017 rated it liked it
A fun addition to the first one :). I like that they threw the original author (J.M. Barrie) in there, like a cameo :). I think I enjoyed this one a little more than the first one. Maybe it's because I knew the characters a little better, or maybe it's because Peter is a bit more mischievous and playful as we know him to be, or because we get to know Tinker Bell better and see her relationship with Peter. Regardless- it's another quick read about a fun twist on a classic story . I do wish there ...more
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m reading this series out loud to my daughters at bedtimes. My eldest already read the first three but both are enjoying this run, as an I. This is a wonderful retelling of the Peter Pan story, providing additional depth and background to an already fun framework. It’s a fun read for this adult but very enjoyable for my 9 and 11 year olds.
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I do adore a good backstory, and Dave Barry and his co-authors provide just that for the Peter Pan saga. Favorite moment in this installment: when J.M. Barrie meets Peter in a dark London alley. He walks away musing, "Peter. That's a good name . . ."
Mina B
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Just like the previous book, Peter and The Shadow-thieves was just a another made up backstory of Peter Pan. However... this book strayed away from the original Peter Pan story we all know and love, therefore it was more interesting to read!
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another good installment of this series!
Rosa S
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent! This was a bit more fast paced than the first book in the series. I love Tinker Bell's role in this story!
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
An excellent sequel to an excellent book, it is a simple adventure book that keeps you interested the whole way through. I stand by what I mean when I say this series is better than the original Peter Pan.
Kathy Davie
Oct 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
May 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed it, for the most part. My biggest complaint is that it was excessively long. There was an awful lot of filler. Lots of unnecessary, superfluous details and even side stories that just filled pages. We don't really need to know exactly what is happening every single minute to every single character... I will continue with the series, because I heart Neverland. I just have to take breaks in between installments.
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Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
ohoho George Darling...
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ir
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
Nov 12, 2009 rated it it was ok
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 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2007, children
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
Feb 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: middle-grade
Man, I thought this book would never end. I didn't enjoy this one nearly as much as I did the first book in the series. Just couldn't get into the story at all and it seemed to go on FOREVER. My 10 year old son and I read this together and he felt more favorably toward it than I did. He said he'd give it 4 stars and couldn't believe I was only going with 2. LOL

Having moved right on to our next book, The Shattering by Kathryn Lasky (sorry, "add book" isn't working for some reason so can't post t
Jan 19, 2017 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.
Jaap Akkermans
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.
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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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