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Friday, July 07, 2006

"Peter and the Starcatchers" by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

Well, now that you've read "Capt. Hook" and know the story of how the titular character became so, you now have the chance to read the story of how an orphan named Peter becomes the Pan we know today. Dave Barry (the columnist/author) along with Ridley Pearson ("The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer") have created a great adventure called "Peter and the Starcatchers".

Peter's story begins, not surprisingly, in London. Peter and his band of ragtag orphan boys end up aboard a pirate ship where a mysterious trunk is said to house a wonderful treasure and where a young girl named Molly guards it with her life from those who would use the treasure for their own nefarious ends. The treasure becomes hunted by "Black Stache" (a familiar figure) and Peter begins to realize that there are things more important than mischief and fun. This book was great and moved very quickly. Barry's Peter is a different boy than we know of Disney fame, but you'll find this character easier to relate to, and much more likeable. I can't wait to read its sequel, "Peter and the Shadow Thieves", which just came out, and the third book (which has no release date yet).

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