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Humorist Dave Barry and suspense writer Ridley Pearson have clearly taken great delight in writing a 400-plus page prequel of sorts to Scottish dramatist J.M. Barrie's beloved Peter Pan stories. The result is a fast-paced and fluffy pirate adventure, complete with talking porpoises, stinky rogues, possible cannibals, a flying crocodile, biting mermaids, and a much-sought-after trunk full of magical glowing green "starstuff." Ever hear of Zeus? Michelangelo? Attila the Hun? According to 14-year-old Molly Aster they all derived their powers from starstuff that occasionally falls to Earth from the heavens. On Earth, it is the Starcatchers' job to rush to the scene and collect the starstuff before it falls into the hands of the Others who use its myriad powers for evil.

On board the ship Never Land, an orange-haired boy named Peter, the leader of a group of orphaned boys being sent off to work as servants in King Zarboff the Third's court, is puzzled by his shipmate Molly's fantastical story of starstuff, but it inextricably binds him to her. Peter vows to help his new, very pretty friend Molly (a Starcatcher's apprentice) keep a mysterious trunk full of the stuff out of the clutches of the pirate Black Stache, a host of other interested parties, and ultimately King Zarboff the Third.

The downright goofy, modern 8-year-old boy humor sometimes clashes with an old-time pirate sensibility, and the rapid-fire dialogue, while well paced, is far from inventive. Still, the high-seas hijinks and desert-island shenanigans will keep readers turning the pages. Greg Call's wonderful black-and-white illustrations are deliciously old-fashioned and add plenty of atmosphere to a silly, swashbuckling story that shows us how Peter Pan came to fly and why he, and his story, will never get old. (Ages 9 and older) --Karin Snelson


"An exciting and absorbing story, sailing across choppy waters at breakneck speed... Fantastic fun." (The Guardian)"


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  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 464 Seiten
  • Verlag: Disney Hyperion; Auflage: 1st (23. November 2010)
  • Sprache: Englisch
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It's always interesting, at least to me, to read a book that is the retelling of a beloved childhood tale. Whether it be a retold fairy tale such as Snow White or Sleeping Beauty, or a classic such as Peter Pan, these new spins on old stories usually fall into one of two categories--terribly bad remakes, or truly amazing, imaginative stories with new twists. Thankfully, authors Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson have turned PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS into the latter.

In this rendering, Peter is an orphan about the ship Never Land. He's become the leader of sorts to the other young orphans who have been sold into slavery to King Zarboff the Third, evil ruler of Rundoon. Not long after Peter and his boys board the boat, he meets Molly Aster. The fourteen-year old daughter of the new Ambassador of Rundoon is unlike any other girl Peter has ever met. Actually, the only other girl he remembers seeing in a very long time was the daughter of the Headmaster of St. Norbert's Home for Wayward Boys.

Peter's increasing infatuation with Molly is challenged when she lets him in on a secret--she is an apprentice Starcatcher, one who guards the magical starstuff from the Others who would use it to do harm. Starstuff is magic that, when it falls to Earth, it brings about increased intelligence, happiness, and even the ability to fly. Although Peter is, at first, quite skeptical of Molly and her Starcatcher business, he soon learns that she's being nothing but truthful.

Add to the story the dreaded Pirate Black Stache and the evil pirate crew of the ship the Sea Devil, and you have an interesting story. Throw in the a shipwreck, a missing cargo of starstuff, mermaids, a flying crocodile, and island dwellers that just may be cannibals, and the story goes from interesting to amazing.
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Just finished reading the book and have to admit that there was not one point in the book when I really thought about quitting to read it. The story is a little obvious sometimes but still nicely written so it doesn't become boring. If you are looking for another Harry Potter, this is not it! But if you are just looking for a good read that you can finish of in a few days or need a need a book your (perhaps slightly grown-up) children will definitely like, this one's a good choice :).
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How did Captain Hook really loose his hand?And how did Peter Pan end up in Never Land? In this fantasy story you can find out about these questions and besides learn about the existence of Starcatchers, a mysterious group of people guarding the secrets of Starstuff.
A great story with bloodthirsty pirates, a dangerous sea voyage, talking delphins, mermaids, hostile natives with a leader who is fluent in English, French and Click, a huge flying Crocodile and of course Peter Pan and Molly, a young Starcatcher... Great reading!!
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Came as ordered. All on time! :-)
Came as ordered. All on time! :-)
Came as ordered. All on time! :-)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Thrilling New Fiction for All Ages 26. August 2004
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Fourteen-year-old Peter is an orphan who doesn't exactly know how old he truly is, just like he doesn't know his last name. So when St. Norbert's Home for Wayward Boys places him aboard a ship called The Never Land, along with four of his mates, on a trip to an island ruled by the evil King Zarboff, where they will be forced to serve as slaves, Peter doesn't know exactly what to think. But when he meets up with fourteen-year-old Molly Aster, a rich passenger, traveling with her governess Mrs. Bumbrake, mysterious things begin happening. For instance, Molly can speak to porpoises, and she's hiding information about the strange trunk located in a holding cell upon The Never Land. Information about the magic, and mystery, that the trunk is holding inside. But when the notorious Black Stache learns about the treasure, the passengers upon The Never Land are in for a lot of trouble. Trouble that leads them all to fight with pirates, and become stranded on a desert island.

Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson have created an absolutely amazing re-telling of PETER PAN. Peter is an exciting character who is kind, and fun, while at the same time intelligent, even though he hasn't received any formal education. Molly, on the other hand, is brave and hard-headed, and will appeal greatly to female readers, as she possesses true girl power, which shines through in every page that she appears in. Readers who enjoyed the recent movie PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN will adore the character of Black Stache, as he puts the mean into PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS, what with his nasty attitude, and vicious orders. Overall this is an amazing adventure story that will be enjoyed by male and female readers of all ages, whether they are a fan of the original story of PETER PAN or not.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Peter and The Starcatchers 10. Juni 2005
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Incredible! I have read many, many stories to my children including the original Peter Pan. This book stands out as one of the most difficult to put down. My son is always begging for just a few more pages, and I have received many a reprimand from my spouse for reading past his bed time. My son expressed how much he enjoys the believability of the story, because it has a logical beginning to it, in his words, "the other Peter just comes out of nowhere, but this story tells the beginning."

Every chapter is quick, engaging and each one leaves you hanging. You find yourself desperate for the "and then what happened?"--almost irritated that the authors interrupt the excitement with a pan (pardon the pun) to the other characters. Except with each new pan you get caught up in those characters as much as you were with the one's you left. This tactic never leaves you with a decent option for "just one more chapter before bedtime". A wonderful story, beautifully illustrated and a must read before you or your children get a chance to grow up!

And as for those one star people-I feel genuinely sorry for them, as they probably don't like ice cream either.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent beginning for the Peter Pan saga 17. September 2004
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I've always liked the basic Peter Pan story, but was never as big a fan as I am of other classics like L. Frank Baum's "Oz" books, so ordinarily a prequel wouldn't necessarily interest me, but with Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson writing this, I absolutely had to give it a chance. This unlikely collaboration turns out one of the best fantasy novels I've read in quite some time.

Like all great "children's" fantasy, the book is written on a level that's wonderfully accessible for kids but never condescends and alienates older readers. Our hero, Peter, is an orphan who is being whisked away across the ocean for purposes unknown. Aboard his ship is a mysterious trunk and a mysterious girl who seems to know a lot about it. The trunk is highly sought after, and a Peter finds a pirate ship hot on their trail.

Each of these writers bring something to the table -- Pearson's talent for writing the fantastic and Barry's sharp comedic wit combine to tell an excellent story that I enjoyed so much I'm anxious to go back and rediscover the original J.M. Barrie novel, just to see how many dots I can connect.

The book fills in a lot of the blanks for the original "Peter Pan," and one could easily read this and then leap to the original with no further bridges, however Barry and Pearson supposedly have two more "prequel" novels in the works. I'll definitely be in line to read them.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen HAPPY 9 YEAR OLD 27. Mai 2010
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I bought this set as a gift for my niece who is really into Tinkerbell. Thought she might enjoy reading the history behind Tink and Peter and the gang. With every book she reads she calls me in the middle and at the end thanking me for giving her this set of books!! She tells me in great detail what has been going on in the stories. How Tinkerbell got her name, how Peter keeps loosing his shadow, why they are called the lost boys, who Wendy is, all with such excitement in her voice. She is now in the middle of the third book, and can't wait, sort of, to start the forth. I asked her why she was hesitant and she said, because there wasn't a fifth book yet!! I laughed and told her to be patient that there would be she just had to wait and watch for it. She totally LOVES this series of books!!! She can't put them down and can't wait to pick up the next book.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen "It's Important Enough to have Two Royals Concerned..." 11. Mai 2005
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How did Peter Pan get to Neverland? Where did Tinkerbell come from? How did Hook loose his hand? And most importantly - how did Captain Hook and Peter Pan meet? This last question is the one which Paige Pearson asked her father after hearing "Peter Pan" which in turn led to Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson's collaborative effort at "Peter and the Starcatchers", the prequel to J. M. Barrie's classic work of children's literature.

The result is decidedly mixed: although some components are marvellously clever and mysterious, others fail to engage the reader's imagination, and at some points they make the blasphemous mistake of tampering with the established facts of Barrie's invented world. Barrie's Neverland is the internal world of child's imagination, a place of escape and fantasy. Barry/Pearson change this concept, and Neverland goes from a place accessible only by following "the second star to the right and straight on till morning", to a standard desert island affected with external magic.

But I'm getting ahead of myself. The story begins in London, where two ships are setting sail: "the Wasp" and "the Never Land" (how the ship got this rather odd name is sadly never explained). On board the Never Land are six young orphan boys, a young lady and her governess, and a mysterious trunk that has a strange effect on those carrying it aboard. Among the orphans is young Peter, who soon makes a tentative friendship with the young Molly, a girl who seems to have an agenda of her own upon the ship.

Meanwhile, the pirate ship "Sea Devil", led by its villainous Captain Black Stache is laying in wait for "The Wasp", and the great treasure that it is said to be carrying in its hold, a treasure beyond gold and jewels. This trunk and its mysterious contents are the focus of the story, and amidst sea battles, castaways and escapes, the parties involved come to Mollusk Island, where things take another turn for the worst, and the beginnings of the "Peter Pan" story begin to come together.

The book begins promisingly: the characters are vivid, the narrative strong, and the premise intriguing. Molly in particular is a great character, innocent yet sophisticated, with a strong sense of morale duty and a surplus of bravery, intelligence and resourcefulness. She's by far the most striking character in the book, eclipsing even Peter himself. The authors' idea of Starcatchers and `starstuff' was an interesting one, and deserved more attention than it got - in fact, I think it would have been more successful overall if they'd discarded the "Peter Pan" prequel angle, and concentrated solely on the Starcatchers' mission.

As I mentioned, it all goes reasonably well until Barry and Pearson begin to tamper with the original text of J. M. Barrie, changing several facts established in his novel of how things in Neverland work. It isn't just little details however, which could be forgiven or overlooked, but fundamental components to Barrie's novel, such as Peter's ability to fly, his eternal youth, how he gets to Neverland in the first place, the nature of Neverland, the arrival of the Lost Boys, the existence of Tinkerbell - all are changed in order to fit around Barry/Pearson's central conceit: the magical substance of "starstuff", the residue from falling stars. These changes are inexcusable, as they meddle with the very meaning and purpose of Barrie's "Peter Pan" and making me seriously wonder if Barry and Pearson have actually read the book, or just an abridged "children's version".

Likewise, I could never really connect their version of Peter with Barrie's original Peter Pan: he is neither cocky nor self-interested enough, and his romantic interest in Molly is a development that really shouldn't have taken place. Black Stache makes a better future Captain Hook (though they strangely don't make this connection explicit), especially in his treatment of his crew and first-mate Smee, and his storyline with the crocodile is excellent (the line "as if [the crocodile] knew he had all the time in the world" is especially sublime). But where is Hook's tortured soul, his upper-class breeding, his charisma and intrigue? Here he's presented as a vicious pirate and his hatred of Peter rings false - and the fact that one of Peter's friends is called "James" is a frustrating red herring.

At some points the humour and whimsy are great, such as the involvement of the porpoises and Molly's minimal grasp of their language; at other times it just comes across as strange: a sail made out of a huge brassiere? Huh? Yet Greg Call's black and white illustrations are beautiful, very reminiscent of Barrie's "Peter Pan" and manage to be both whimsical and realistic at the same time.

Ultimately, I think that this should be read only if you're a very tolerant reader. Fans of Barrie's "Peter Pan" will be absolutely livid at the liberties taken with his classic story, and needless to say, this is not a novel that is endorsed or recognised by Barrie's family or the Children's Hospital that owns the publishing rights to the book. For the first "official" sequel to Barrie's book, you'll have to wait until Geraldine McCaughrean's "Captain Pan", due for publication in the near future. Until then, "Peter Pan" by J. M. Barrie is the definitive source for all things Neverland, though I also highly recommend the 2003 movie release of "Peter Pan" starring Jeremy Sumpter and Jason Issacs, all of which are more faithful to Barrie than "Peter and the Starcatchers."
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