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Peter and the Sword of Mercy (Peter and the Starcatchers) [Kindle Edition]

Ridley Pearson , Dave Barry , Greg Call
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The year is 1901--it's been twenty-three years since Peter and the Lost Boys returned from Rundoon. Since then, nobody on the island has grown a day older, and the Lost Boys continue their friendship with the Mollusk tribe, and their rivalry with Captain Hook. Meanwhile in London, Molly has married George Darling and is raising three children: Wendy, Michael, and John. One night a visitor appears at her door; it's James, one of Peter's original Lost Boys. He is now working for Scotland Yard and suspects that the heir to England's throne, Prince Albert Edward, is under the influence of shadow creatures. These shadow creatures are determined to find a secret cache of startstuff which fell to London many centuries ago. The starstuff is hidden in an underground vault which has only one key: the Sword of Mercy, a legendary weapon kept with the Crown Jewels. Molly is determined to help, but when she suddenly goes missing, it is up to her eleven-year-old daughter, Wendy, to keep the starstuff out of the Others' clutches. She has heard her mother's stories of a flying boy named Peter Pan, and he may be her only hope in saving the world from a shadowy doom...


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From School Library Journal

Grade 5–8—Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson's fourth prequel (Hyperion, 2009) to J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan is set in 1902, 23 years after Molly Aster's last adventure with Peter, the Lost Boys, and Captain Hook. There is a new danger facing the heir to England's throne. When Molly tries to investigate and is kidnapped, her daughter Wendy must set out to find the mysterious Peter, who may be the only one who can rescue Molly and save the throne. This is a thrilling adventure with an overseas flight on a makeshift helicopter, constant escapes from crooked authorities and pirates, exciting flights with Peter, and loyal friendship and familial love. Grammy-winning Jim Dale's narration is pure magic. While the first three books in the series form a coherent trilogy, this volume can stand alone for listeners unfamiliar with the previous titles. An excellent addition to library collections.—Jessica Miller, New Britain Public Library, CT
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From Booklist

The fourth title in the Peter and the Starcatchers series (originally planned as a trilogy of prequels to Barrie’s classic Peter Pan), this adventure involves a magical sword once wielded by Charlemagne and now held by the forces of evil as they attempt to seize a cache of starstuff, the powerful substance that the Starcatchers must protect. Wendy steps into her mother’s shoes as the story’s heroine, while the action zigzags from one set of characters and locales to another. Full of narrow escapes from nasty villains and bits of humor, this fast-paced adventure delivers plenty of thrills. Grades 4-6. --Carolyn Phelan

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  • File Size: 4875 KB
  • Print Length: 540 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Hyperion (November 23, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004C43EMG
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It! November 2, 2009
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I loved, loved, loved this book! I was so excited that the authors had gone ahead and written a part 4, and it was in no way a disappointment. The adventure was uniquely different from the other books in the series, and there was lots of action and many sinister characters. Thanks for another wonderful book!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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All is good in Neverland. So good, in fact, that Peter never expects to leave the wonderful island where he and the Mollusks reside. Most of the Starcatchers are old or have passed on, and the stardust that remains is well hidden from the rest of the world. Peter, Tink and the band of ever-young Lost Boys could not ask for a better situation. However, there is the presence of the infamous Captain Hook. Hook is stranded on the island with a few of his men, but he is sure to stay away from that "wretched flying boy." They live a kind of peaceful co-existence. But as new developments arise, that all is about to change.

In London, Queen Victoria's long reign has ended with her passing. Now her son, Edward, is the natural heir to the crown. But things do not go smoothly as the new king seems to be under some kind of spell. Forces are at work to keep him under the power of an evil band of men, led by the powerful Ombra, aka Von Schatten, a group that consists of the ferocious man/creature known only as the Skeleton:

"...his face, which was as hideously scarred as his hand, the shiny purplish skin drawn tight to the skull, hairless except for a few random tufts. A lone yellow eye glared from a deep socket; where the other eye would have been was only a hole. There was no nose; the mouth was a lipless cavern that could not fully close and thus revealed jagged teeth in a permanent mirthless grin."

This ruthless group is determined to get the tip of Curtana, which is Charlemagne's famous "Sword of Mercy." It is the Sword of Mercy that will give them the key to unlocking the chest that hides Stardust, the magical ingredient that grants immortality, youth and, of course, wealth.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OK, not done yet--but awesome! October 15, 2009
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My son and I are arguing and fighting over rights to keep on reading, and we're only on page 150. It is an excellent addition to the series and one I know we will enjoy again and again. Do yourself a favor and read all of these in order. If the length seems intimidating, the CD's read by Jim Dale are a treat not to be missed. Appropriate for 6 and up, but nothing inappropriate, only some implied scariness and bad guys.

Alright--edited now long after reading--we have since read the book and listened to the audio 2 times through. Enthralls all ages of normally active and excited kids every time we open it up/turn it on. Don't miss!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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My son, who has a PhD in mathematics, introduced me to this series; I was initially skeptical about reading another book about Peter Pan, after all, what more could be said I thought. I read the book as a child, and had seen the animated movie so what could possibly be left to write about?

Was I ever wrong about that notion, I was captivated by "Peter and the Starcatchers" and became a devoted fan of this series! What a fun trip to read of Peter's beginning and an explanation of how he became the boy who would never grow up as ably and entertainingly penned by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. The incredibly fertile imaginations of these writers seemed to really blossom as they decided to fill in the details that get us to the point where J. M. Barrie takes up the narrative.

I have had the joy and pleasure of reading "Peter and the Starcatchers," "Peter and the Shadow Thieves," "Peter and the Secret of Rundoon," and now "Peter and the Sword of Mercy." All four books have been a delightful romp through sometimes humorous, yet sometimes threatening, action filled adventures as the reader follows the story of Peter and his friends. Some of the imaginative villains in these books make Captain Hook seem like a "not so bad" kind of guy.

I was definitely amused as I read the suggested age range for these books, 9-12; there is no question in my mind that children in that age range who enjoy reading a good adventure should certainly enjoy all of the books in the series. The truth of the matter, at least in my experience, is that readers of almost any age who enjoy a well written adventure story will have fun reading these books not only once but more than once.

I am truly pleased to have read them and have them available to read again. I can recommend them highly to anyone whose inner child has not shriveled and died.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peter flys again December 31, 2009
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we love this series...
dear lovers of Peter Pan,
... and this one is just as much fun to read as the previous books. It is twenty years since the events in the previous book and Molly is now grown up (and Peter, of course, is not) and now mother to Wendy, John and Michael. The dark forces are once again trying to get a hold of the starstuff and the adventure to stop them evolves from there. A real delight.
kyela,
the silver elves
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book December 15, 2009
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Like the rest of the Starcatchers books this one was great! Although while the other books were more of a prequel to Barrie's Original Peter Pan, this one took a totally different direction. Peter meets and has adventures with Wendy Darling. ANd this Peter isn't as courageous as the original peter pan. But Tinkerbell is way funnier!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great follow up for the series!!! even though I'm an adult, I still...
really liked how they pulled the story forward and were able to keep the characters personalities so much the same. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Janet S.
4.0 out of 5 stars Peter and the Sword of Mercy
In Peter and the Sword of Mercy, 20 years have passed since the events of the last book. Molly and George have grown up, married, and now have children of their own, including a... Read more
Published 27 days ago by John Hosner
4.0 out of 5 stars Stick with it
My 8 year old was a bit confused in the beginning and thought he was going to stop but kept going and glad he was glad he did . These two writers are fabulous.
Published 1 month ago by Denison
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG
Best book in the world so yea......I LOVE THE BOOK ITS SO GOOD ITS AMAZING BEST ONE AND ITS ACTION PACKED
Published 1 month ago by Searcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
it was really great and I felt the excitement and could really picture it in my mind.this book is awsome
Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars BOOK!
This book was amazing and I have never read a book like it! The book is full of mystery and adventure. The series it self is great!
Published 5 months ago by Michael Forner
5.0 out of 5 stars Peter and the sword of mercy
It is awesome!!! I mean it. It has a great adventure in it. It has a little bit of a cliff have at the end, but other than that, it's great.
Published 5 months ago by R S LAWRENCE
5.0 out of 5 stars Peter and the Sword of Mercy.
I enjoyed the book Immensely. I have read all of the books in the series and found them to be fun and kept my interest throughout the book. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Pamela G. Caldwell-Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars Think of a wonderful thought
Peter and the Sword of Mercy
by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Disney Hyperion
2009
Grades 5-8
Fantasy

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Published 8 months ago by thereader18
4.0 out of 5 stars Peter and the sword of mercy
Great book! The continuing story of Ombra is exciting. Love the background story of Molly and Peter. Intro to Wendy was perfect. Would definitely recommend this read.
Published 8 months ago by Karen
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