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Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson was one of my of favorite reads in 2005. It was so good in fact that it took me less than twenty-four hours to read all 451 pages.
I first picked up this book because the cover art attracted my attention. It immediately reminded me of one of my favorite childhood stories. When I was a kid, there were two TV specials that were shown once a year. One of them was The Wizard of Oz with Judy Garland (which of course is still shown just not as a special), and the other was Peter Pan with Mary Martin playing Peter (which is not shown any longer). Of the two specials, Peter Pan was my favorite. I loved the thought of being able to fly, and I thought it was cool that a female got to play a boy. I also liked the idea of pirates and fairies. Seeing Peter and Starcatchers up in the library brought back these memories, and I really wanted to see if this book was a retelling of Peter Pan or not. The next thing that caught my attention was the title, which reinforced my first suspicion that indeed the book was about Peter Pan. Finally, I looked at the back and saw Barry’s and Pearson's picture and figured that the authors must of had a great time collaborating, and I wanted to see just how well they did. Take a look ...
I was extremely impressed by this book. First, I loved the fact that Barry and Pearson, took the wonderful tale of Peter Pan and showed just how Peter became Peter Pan. This was very unique and for a fan such as myself it was a lot of fun to read. But what I really liked the most was how the plot was so filled with action and suspense and how the author’s took all the important details that make up the Peter Pan myth and gave a beginning to it. This includes how Captain Hook (whose name was Captain Black Stauche before he lost his hand) actually lost his hand. How Peter became a boy who would never grow old, and how he came by a fairy that was his constant companion. I could probably write a lot more about how much I enjoyed this book, but I am going to encourage you to read it yourself. Even without the fascination that I have with Peter Pan, I think everyone will enjoy this fast-paced and original take on the Peter Pan myth.
In addition to Peter and Starcatchers, there are three more books in this series that you might want to check out.