Monday, June 19, 2017

Peter and the Starcatchers

Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, 451 pages

Ever read or watch Peter Pan and wonder how Peter ended up a flying, never-aging boy living on a mystical island with a fairy and a bunch of scurvy-riddled pirates? Apparently that's exactly what caused Barry and Pearson to write this book, a prequel to Peter Pan that spells out Peter's life before Neverland. It also introduces Molly Astor, a young girl that Peter meets on a ship bound for the oppressive land of Rundoon. Molly and her father are starcatchers, a secret group of honorable people that gather magical "starstuff" that falls from the sky to keep it out of the hands of the horrible Others. It's a fun book that, yes, answers all those questions in the first sentence of this post. My family and I listened to this audiobook on a road trip, and had an excellent time giggling our way across Missouri as narrator Jim Dale brought to life the horrible Black Stache and his bumbling second-in-command Smee, as well as many others. Highly recommended for those summer road trips.

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