Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

I’ve long been intrigued by the story of Peter Pan, but always felt there something missing.  My curiosity mainly focused on how Peter and his friends ended up in Neverland, how Peter could fly, and why he never grew up.  Thanks to Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, my son and I were able to share a swashbuckling adventure AND I finally had answers to these niggling questions!

In this story, a group of orphans are forced aboard a ship [the Never Land] in order to become servants for the evil King Zarboff III.  Among those orphans is a young boy named Peter.  While snooping about for food, he discovers a mysterious, hidden trunk which seems to endow magical powers (such as floating) upon anyone who touches it.  I especially love the fact that readers were introduced to some new characters, like Molly Aster — daughter of the famous Starcatcher Leonard Aster — but still get a lot of back-story on familiar characters like Peter and Black Stache (a.k.a. Captain Hook back when he still had two hands).

Happy Reading!

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