One of my all-time favorite stories is J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, so I take it to heart when someone was to add to the story. Peter Pan, while amazing, let me with a lot of unanswered questions.
How did Peter get to the island? Who taught him to fly? Where did the pirates come from? How did Peter and Tinkerbell meet? Why, if fairy dust allows people to fly, is Peter the only one who can fly without it?
All of my questions were answered in Peter and the Starcatchers, the reimagined prequel, co-authored by Pulitzer Prize winner Dave Barry and New York Times bestselling author Ridley Pearson. The first in the series, this work of children’s fiction is hard to put down.
First and foremost, liking Peter Pan or being familiar with the original story are not prerequisites for enjoying Peter and the Starcatchers. This story truly stands alone as an enjoyable, swashbuckling work of fantasy adventure. Peter and Molly are unique and wholly relatable characters. A strong heroine, Molly is intelligent, capable, and is no damsel in distress. Peter is clever and brave; it is easy to see how he eventually becomes Peter Pan.
Meanwhile, the plot of the story develops at a steady pace as the story’s mystery unravels piece by piece, until the reader becomes fully aware of what is at stake (maybe give a little more detail about the plot, what the mystery is, and what is at stake).
Each chapter ends with a bit of a cliffhanger, which makes this story both perfect and infuriating for bedtime reading with children. Caregivers and children alike will find themselves always wanting to read that next page, and that next chapter.
The Sioux City Public Library has the complete series in both print and audiobook form, which gives the reader options on how they want to enjoy this wonderfully unique and supremely fun tale.
Check out Peter and the Starcatchers and other great juvenile adventure series like it at the Sioux City Public Library.
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