By Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
This book had me fascinated. The authors took all of the elements of the original Peter Pan and turned into a tale of their own–how it all came to be. It was a beautiful tale, I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I look forward to reading the other three books in the four-book series, in which the two brilliant writers have created adventures of their own for the thrilling and hilarious characters they have presented.
Summary (taken from hardcover book flap):
In an evocative and fast-paced adventure on the high seas and on a faraway island, an orphan boy named Peter and his mysterious new friend, Molly, overcome bands of pirates and thieves in their quest to save the world from evil. Best-selling authors Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson have turned back the clock to reveal the wonderful story that precedes J. M. Barrie’s beloved Peter Pan. Peter and the Starcatchers is brimming with richly developed characters, from the scary but somehow familiar Black Stache and ferocious Mister Grin to the sweet but sophisticated Molly and fearless Peter. Page after page of riveting adventures take readers of all ages on a voyage from a filthy, crime-ridden port in old England across the turbulent sea. Aboard the Never Land is a trunk that holds the “greatest treasure on earth”–but is it gold, jewels, or something far more mysterious and dangerous?
Roiling waves and raging storms; skulduggery and pirate treachery provide the backdrop for battles at sea. Bone-crushing breakers eventually land our characters on Mollusk Island–where the action really heats up.
This impossible-to-put-down tale leads readers on an unforgettable journey–fraught with danger yet filled with mystical and magical moments.