The Resource Peter and the Starcatchers, by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson ; illustrations by Gregg Call

Peter and the Starcatchers, by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson ; illustrations by Gregg Call

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Peter and the Starcatchers
Title
Peter and the Starcatchers
Statement of responsibility
by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson ; illustrations by Gregg Call
Title variation
Peter & the Starcatchers
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Language
eng
Summary
Soon after Peter, an orphan, sets sail from England on the ship Never Land, he befriends and assists Molly, a young Starcatcher, whose mission is to guard a trunk of magical stardust from a greedy pirate and the native inhabitants of a remote island
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Award
  • Colorado Children's Book Award, Junior Book, 2006.
  • Grand Canyon Reader Award (Arizona), Intermediate Book Category, 2006.
  • Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, Grades 6-8, 2007.
  • Sunshine State Young Reader's Award (Florida), 2007.
Review
  • /*Starred Review*/ Gr. 4-7. Barry and Pearson, no strangers to the literary spotlight, offer humor and thrills for a young audience in this prequel to Peter Pan. At sea, unwittingly heading toward a perilous fate in a cruel king’s court, Peter and a group of fellow orphans become involved in a plot to steal a mysterious star substance that can make people fly. Teenager Molly, also aboard ship, is one of the Starcatchers, those who want to preserve the integrity of the substance and save it from falling into the wrong hands. Alas, there are evil, grabby hands all around, including those of the cruel pirate Black Stache--though by book’s end, Stache will have only one. It’s not so much the story that’s good here, though it’s a rousing tale, and to the authors’ credit, there are explanations for everything found in the classic story--from Peter’s inability to grow up to the name Neverland. The real lure is the richly drawn characters, especially the villains, who exhibit just the right amount of swagger and smirk. The pacing is excellent as well. Although this is a long book, very short chapters make it manageable for younger readers, and the nonstop action will keep the pages turning. This deserves the hype. -- Ilene Cooper (BookList, 09-01-2004, p121)
  • Gr 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 Starcatcher, a secret society formed to keep evildoers from obtaining "starstuff," magic material that falls to earth and conveys happiness, power, increased intelligence, and the ability to fly. Inevitably, the ships wreck off a tropical island and a trunk of starstuff is temporarily lost. Here, readers meet more familiar characters: the mermaids in their lagoon; the indigenous people who live in the jungle (modern versions of Barrie's redskins); and, of course, the crocodile. The authors plait multiple story lines together in short, fast-moving chapters, with the growing friendship between Molly and Peter at the narrative's emotional center. Capitalizing on familiar material, this adventure is carefully crafted to set the stage for Peter's later exploits. This smoothly written page-turner just might send readers back to the original.–Margaret A. Chang, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams --Margaret A. Chang (Reviewed October 1, 2004) (School Library Journal, vol 50, issue 10, p154)
  • Bestselling adult authors Barry and Pearson imagine a rollicking adventure as a prequel to J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan . Those curious about how Captain Hook lost his hand, why Peter never ages and can fly, and how a band of boys came to live in Never Land, will be sated by the magic-dusted plot points and the lively pirate confabulation here. As the novel opens, Peter and several others from St. Norbert's Home for Wayward Boys are shipped off on the ship Never Land to be servants to the cruel King of Rundoon. On board, Peter meets Molly Aster (sharp readers will surmise she is an ancestor of Wendy), who reveals herself to Peter as a Starcatcher and imparts secrets of certain falling stars and the precious "starstuff" cache below deck. But all is not smooth sailing, as pirate Black Stache and his mates (including Smee) get wind of the treasure. Several sea chases and battles and a couple of shipwrecks later, all the key players end up on the island of Mollusk. As all sides try to obtain the gold-glowing contents of the trunk, talking dolphins and a giant crocodile also make the scene. The tale contains a few too many skirmishes over said treasure, but the authors keep the pace brisk and the chapters brief, employing humorous exchanges (e.g., Black Stache "had a real soft spot for his ma, and was truly sorry for the time he'd marooned her"), slapstick action—and flying, of course. Peter Pan fans will find much to like in a what-if scenario that pays respectful tribute to the original. Ages 10-up. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed August 23, 2004) (Publishers Weekly, vol 251, issue 34, p55)
  • A much-loved humorist and a renowned writer of adult thrillers make a strong combined crossover bid with this compulsively readable prequel to Peter Pan. The plot revolves around a trunk full of "starstuff," a celestial substance that induces both feelings of well-being and unpredictable physical changes (the ability to fly or to stop aging) in those who handle it. When a secret society called Starcatchers tries transporting the starstuff to safety, the shipment is hijacked for nefarious purposes by the wonderfully named Slank—after which it changes hands over and over as a quintet of orphans led by alpha male Peter, feared pirate Black Stache (named for his facial hair), mermaids, island folk, and an oversized crocodile dubbed Mister Grin are thrown into the never-a-dull-moment plot. Despite continual danger and violence, wounds and corpses disappear with Disney-like speed, and by the end, all the major characters except Wendy and sibs appear onstage (and Black Stache is ready for a new moniker). This doesn't capture the subtler literary qualities of its progenitor, but readers drawn by authorial star power or swashbuckling will come away satisfied. (Fiction. 11-13, adult) (Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2004)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
130427
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Barry, Dave
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illustrations
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no index present
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710L
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MG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 9
Reading level
5.2
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Pearson, Ridley
  • Call, Greg
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True
Series statement
Peter & the Starcatchers
Series volume
0001
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Magic
  • Pirates
  • Orphans
  • Characters and characteristics in literature
  • Friendship
  • Islands
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Peter and the Starcatchers, by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson ; illustrations by Gregg Call
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"Age: 10 and up"
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volume
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text
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  • txt
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Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
451 pages
Isbn
9780786856794
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unmediated
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rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
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9780786854455
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Peter and the Starcatchers, by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson ; illustrations by Gregg Call
Publication
Copyright
Note
"Age: 10 and up"
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
451 pages
Isbn
9780786856794
Media category
unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
Other control number
9780786854455
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