Ever wonder how Peter Pan and the Lost Boys got to Neverland? How Tinker Bell came to be? How the pirates and the Indians got to the island? Or the origins of pixie dust? Or how George and Molly met? Well, all these questions and more get “answered” in the Peter and the Starcatchers series.
Long before Wendy, John, and Michael, there was Molly Aster, daughter of Leonard Aster, a prominent English man who belongs to a group called the Starcatchers. The group’s purpose is to collect stardust, a magical substance, when it lands on earth before the Others get it. Peter was one of a group of orphan boys being taken overseas to be used as slaves. Events bring Molly and Peter together to fight the Others and protect those closest to them.
Knowing Dave Barry from his humor column, this was a novel I did not expect. While it still has moments of humor, that is certainly not the base of the book. Barry and Pearson have created an entire, thought out world with new and exciting characters while keeping the things we love about the myth.
In the most recent installment of the series, Peter Pan and the Sword of Mercy, back by popular demand, we skip ahead, closer to the time we all know and love from the original story. Molly is all grown up and married to George, Wendy is eleven and has never heard of Neverland or Peter Pan. Until the Others return with a plot that extends all the way to the king of England.
I love this series, both for the nostalgia and retelling elements and for the well written story itself. If you want a fun, exciting story with well thought out characters and great interaction, this is a great book to pick up.