Do you love a good, rousing
tale of pirates, stolen treasure, and magic? Have you always wanted to
know how Peter Pan ended up in Neverland—or what Captain Hook’s name was
before he had that argument with a crocodile? Do you just love to curl
up with a nice, thick book? If the answer to these questions is yes, then
this is the book for you!! And if the answer to these questions is
no, THIS IS STILL THE BOOK FOR YOU!!!! The story is told so
well (in nice, short chapters!), the characters are so much fun (even the
bad guys!) and the action is so nonstop that you’ll find yourself loving
this book even if it’s not the kind of book you usually like! WARNING:
Once you start this book, you WILL NOT want to put it down until you’re
Hampshire Great Stone Face committee, 2005-2006)
Did you like the story about
Peter Pan and Wendy? Did you ever wonder why Peter and the Lost Boys never
change while the boys and girls they come to see in our world grow up?
Between these covers you will step into the world before Neverland existed.
There in front of your very eyes, good and evil will do battle – magic
will change the characters forever! (Jean B. Bellavance for Pennsylvania
Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2006-2007)
The five boys were being taken
from the orphanage and transported via a ship, the Never Land, to an unknown
(to them) destination. Peter was the leader of the boys. He was, after
all, the oldest of the boys. Even though he had no idea how old he was,
Peter was always one year older than the oldest of the others.
Then Peter met Molly who changed
his world forever. Molly who said her birthday was only celebrated every
two years, so she really was older that Peter (they eventually decided
to be the same age). Molly whose father was a Starcatcher and was training
herself to be a Starcatcher.
The Starcatchers were a group
who collected starstuff that fell as meteors from the sky. Starstuff that
had magical-like powers, like flying. Starstuff that was prized by the
Others as a means of gaining power to do evil in the world.
Recently, the largest amount
of starstuff ever found had been captured by the Others and was being transferred
to an evil King. The same evil King that Peter and the boys were being
sent to as it turned out. Molly’s father was on the Wasp, the brand new
sleek sailing ship that was the pride of the British navy. He was there
to take the trunk of starstuff from the beautiful black trunk that the
others were transporting it in, and had sent Molly and her governess on
the Never Land for their own safety to protect them from pirate. Or so
For, as it turned out, the
Others had loaded the starstuff onto an old common-looking trunk onto the
Never Land, outfoxing both the Starcatchers and Black Stache, the meanest,
most feared pirate of the seas. When Black Stache captured and commandeered
the Wasp and found the treasure missing, he immediately set his sights
on capturing the old Never Land.
The Never Land was busted apart
in a huge storm and the boys captured by the natives of the island who
put them over a wall with Mister Grin, a giant crocodile.
And, so was born a legend.
So you know the story of Peter
Pan, right? The original book was published in 1911 and the Disney movie
from the 1950s isn't far from the novel. Did you ever wonder how the island
of Neverland became magical? How Peter cut off Hook’s hand? And how the
huge alligator got a taste for pirates? What about where Tinker Bell came
from and why she is so loyal to Peter? What about the “star stuff” that
makes Peter able to fly?
The Peter in this book, Peter
and the Starcatchers, you'll find the answers to these queries. This Peter
is that Peter Pan but set before Neverland existed and before Peter was
forever a boy.
Peter is an English orphan
who is sent to sea and ends up caught up in a huge sea adventure with pirates,
Starcatchers (people who try to keep the magic star stuff out of the hands
of the bad guys), and bad guys who want the star stuff. Throw in an island
that becomes Neverland, fish that become mermaids, orphans who become Lost
Boys, and cannibals who hunt them all – and Tinker Bell’s birth. And don't
forget a huge flying alligator... who doesn’t yet have a clock inside him
when he tries to eat Peter. (Colorado
Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award Nominees 2007-2008)