Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

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.

Read the series: Peter and the Starcatchers: The Starcatchers Series Books 1-3: Paperback Box Set (20the Starcatchers Series Books) and Peter and the Sword of Mercy (Starcatchers)

2 thoughts on “Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

  1. This is a fun adventure, sure. But a prequel to “Peter Pan” it is NOT.
    Pan already had a backstory as per J.M. Barrie and this isn’t even close.
    Plus, it has numerous mistakes as compared to Barrie’s original tales.
    One, for instance, is that Mrs. Darling’s name is Mary, not Molly.
    But there are a LOT more… including changing the very thematic structure.
    How can they be so disrespectful of a fellow author? And if it’s supposed to be a prequel to Disney’s version only, well, they go ahead and contradict that, too.

    A faithful Pan novel exists… and it’s also based on Barrie’s own idea for more.
    Click my name to see.


    • Just to clarify: by no means am I saying this is truly the back story. This is just a fun retelling meant to address many questions, some of which have been addressed by JM Barrie though most people have never read his other Peter Pan writings and some which has never been discussed at all.

      As for the question how can you change things of another author? Speaking as a writer, it’s flattering to see that people love your work enough to want to write their own stories about it. Fan fiction changes details to fit their own stories all the time. Mimicry is flattery and there is no disrespect involved. If they were writing the story and saying “our version is better” or “this is the real story” that would be a whole different story. As it is, their paying homage to the original writer, bringing his characters back to the minds and hearts of children everywhere, and coming up with their own fairy tales inspired by his. I don’t think that’s disrespectful at all. I would love it if someday my own work was good enough/loved enough to earn that kind of attention and love.

      (PS, as addressed in the fourth book, Mary is Mrs. Darling’s name. Molly is supposed to be a childhood nickname.)

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