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Peter and the Shadow Thieves (Peter and the Starcatchers) [Kindle Edition]

Ridley Pearson , Dave Barry , Greg Call
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In this riveting and adventure-packed follow-up to Peter and the Starcatchers, we discover Peter leaving the relative safety of Mollusk Island—along with his trusted companion Tinker Bell—for the cold, damp streets of London. On a difficult journey across the sea, he and Tink discover the dark and deadly, slithering part-man/part-creature Lord Ombra. It seems that the dreaded Ombra has a variety of mysterious powers including the ability to make shadows disappear. When Peter reaches London, he sets out to find the indomitable Molly. Together they must combat Ombra's terrible forces to both protect the Starcatchers and the treasured starstuff and most importantly to rescue Molly's mother from the clutches of evil. Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson have done it again—written a compulsively readable, impossible-to-put-down tale that will delight readers of all ages.


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From School Library Journal

Grade 5-8–Peter Pan makes another delightful appearance in Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson's sequel (Disney Editions, 2006) to Peter and the Starcatchers (Hyperion, 2004). This time, unwelcome visitors arrive on Neverland in search of the starstuff that Molly and her father took back to England at the end of the first book. The mysterious Lord Ombra is annoyed to find the magical substance gone. He reveals his ability to steal one's shadow—and one's soul. The crew sets sail for London to kidnap Molly and offer Molly's starcatcher father a trade—Molly for the starstuff. Peter overhears the plan and is determined to warn his friend, so he and Tinker Bell follow the ship. In London, Peter and Molly team up with Molly's suitor, George Darling, to outwit Lord Ombra. What follows is a delicious adventure through London's foggy streets which ends at Stonehenge during a lunar eclipse. Veteran narrator Jim Dale delivers a flawless performance that will keep listeners riveted to the story. Bits from the original Peter Pan are cleverly slipped in, and Peter even has an encounter with author J.M. Barrie. This is one of those rare instances where the sequel is even better than the very fine original. Barrie would be pleased.–Tricia Melgaard, Centennial Middle School, Broken Arrow, OK
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From Booklist

Gr. 5-8. In this second prequel to the adventures made familiar by J. M. Barrie and Walt Disney, which builds on the events of Peter and the Starcatchers (2005), two veteran writers for adults do not disappoint. Sustaining the first book's lively pace are short chapters packed with action and well-chosen details--both icky (Peter and the bucket of excrement!) and marvelous (the pitch-perfect sound of Tink's exasperation). An evil force is once again trying to obtain starstuff, the magical substance that, among many other qualities, enables Peter to fly and to remain eternally youthful. Peter must visit London to help his friend Molly and her family of starcatchers, leaving the boys on Mollusk Island at the mercy of Hook. Squalid London streets, aristocratic mansions (one of which houses a young George Darling), and even Stonehenge make atmospheric backdrops for bouts with pirates, wolf packs, and a deliciously creepy villain who steals souls from shadows. Readers will relish the chance to further explore the backstory of a favorite childhood tale, and hope for a third installment. GraceAnne DeCandido
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

Product Details

  • File Size: 2193 KB
  • Print Length: 578 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 078683787X
  • Publisher: Disney Hyperion; Reprint edition (November 23, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004C43EM6
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The continued past of Peter Pan. July 1, 2006
Format:Hardcover
Peter Pan is back, now a immortal youth stranded on Mollusk Island (Never Land) with his group of lost boys in tow. James, Prentiss, Thomas, and Tubby Ted are great admirers of his abilities, however the fact that they can never join in on his fun of tormenting Black Stache (whom Peter has redubbed Captain Hook) is always a point of contention. Suddenly there is a new ship that appears to stir things up, a ship captained by a certain noseless man named Nerezza, an ominous creature of darkness named Lord Ombra, and the former captain of the Never Land, Slank. They have come to find the starstuff that had previously come to the island with Peter, only to learn that it has been returned to London with Lord and Molly Aster.

Peter greatly fears this Ombra, especially since his faithful companion birdwoman, Tinkerbell, is terrified of him. He worries for Molly, a dear friend of his from the previous adventure, and decides to return with the ship in secret so that he might warn Molly of this frightening creature. Things become complicated when he arrives in London. First and foremost he must find Molly's home, a feat that proves quite difficult for the orphaned boy. Also, there is a sudden wave of shadow theft in London, something that leaves a person but a mere shell of their former self. Peter suspects it is connected to Ombra, and vows to reach the Asters before he does, knowing full well that Molly very life is at stake. But can he do it in time, in a town where he has no notion of where she is, and worse is the fact that he cannot use any of his new abilities in order to find her.

This continues to be a great new addition to the Peter Pan legend.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Format:MP3 CD|Verified Purchase
I listened to both this second book in the series and the first one on unabridged audio, narrated by Jim Dale, who narrated the Harry Potter audiobooks. Jim Dale is my very favorite audiobook reader, so when I found out he narrated this one, I was on board for the sequel!

I loved the first book and passed it around to all of my friends, and this book was a good follow-up, but it did have a few parts that dragged. The pacing was slower in this than in the first one, and I found myself feeling a tiny bit impatient or bored through a few parts. That said, it was still an excellent and enjoyable book, and if you read the first one then I highly recommend getting into this second book as well.

I love Barry and Pearson's sense of humor, and I love anything to do with pirates, so Black Stache and the rest were a lot of fun for me. Dale's performance, of course, was impeccable, and if you like being read to I'd definitely recommend this audio version over reading it on the page, just because of Jim Dale.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book to read *to* your children December 22, 2006
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I started reading "Peter and the Starcatchers" to my 6 & 8 year old children earlier this summer. Our bed/nighttime reading was normally books that we could read through in one sitting or maybe over 2-3 nights. I wasn't sure they were ready for long, multi-chapter books. But, oh, were they into the book! I would even stop mid-chapter and ask if they knew what was going on or remembered what had happened previously and they did... this book captured their attention, without a doubt! Even my husband - after he read in my place when I was gone one night around chapter 10 - would come running in at story time to listen. We were so excited when "Peter and the Shadow Thieves" came out right when we finished "Peter and the Starcatchers" so that we could find out what happened to Peter Pan next. There are many chapters, some as short as a page, and every night I heard "one more chapter, PLEASE" over and over. It was easy to say yes! We are pining away for the next in the series.

I've been a Dave Barry fan from his early days as a columnist and can see his quirky sense of humor surface often in these books. I'm not (yet) familiar with Ridley Pearson's work, but I've bought "The Kingdom Keepers" for my kids for Christmas and I hope that will be an interesting a read for us. My 8 year old will find "Escape from the Carnivale: A Never Land Book" under the tree in a few days and I'm confident that he will enjoy it as these books really do a great service to inspire love of reading in young and old alike. Advanced readers (maybe 6th grade reading level and up) will enjoy these books for themselves, but for younger kids, read it *to* them and they will come to love books too.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peter and the shadow thieves book report September 27, 2006
A Kid's Review
Format:Hardcover
I read Peter and the Shadow Thieves by Drew Barry. A Shadow Thief called Lord Ombra came to Mollusk Island and was looking for the starstuff. He realized it wasn't there. He went to London and Peter followed their ship so he could warn Molly and her family that they were coming. Lord Ombra took the shadows of the guards of Molly's house and they became loyal to him. He captured Molly's mother Louise and tried to take Molly, but Peter saved her. Then they looked for The Return so they could warn her father. They went to the tower and Lord Ombra found them there and took a member of the Starcatchers soul, which then gave him the knowledge of where The Return was Molly and Peter escaped though. Molly and Peter figured out that The Return was at Stonehenge, they went there only to find Molly's father bringing the chest of starstuff to the middle of the circle. Lord Ombra and his followers shot Leonard Aster (Molly's father) and then Peter had to perform The Return. They were able to destroy Lord Ombra and complete The Return, also Peter cured Leonard Aster with his starstuff.

The book was very exciting to read, because at one time you might think the plot was one thing then it changed to something different. This meant you had a few plots going on at once. So, you were trying to figure out the solution to plenty of different plots, which made it fun for the reader. The book's ending was very satisfying, because it did have a happy ending, but it still left problems to solve. The problem that occurred at that time was solved but it could lead on to other problems that could be faced later on.

I believe that the author likes to have a lot of little plots all leading up and inside the main plot. Like in every chapter there is a new plot evolving or starting and ending.
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We love all of the Starcatcher books. I read them to my 7 year old son every night (and I am disappointed if we miss a night).
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