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  • Age Range: 10 - 11 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 710L (What's this?)
  • Series: Peter and the Starcatchers
  • Roughcut: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH; First Edition edition (October 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423121341
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423121343
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 6.4 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 5–8—It's 1902, 23 years since the events of the last book, and Peter and the other inhabitants of Mollusk Island haven't aged a day. In London, however, things are much different. Molly is now married with three children: Wendy, Michael, and John. The Others seem to have disappeared, and the Starcatchers are all but gone from this world. But all is not well on Mollusk Island, or in London. Evil Ombra has inhabited the body of a man and made himself Prince Albert Edward's closest advisor and seen to the death of his true advisors. Queen Victoria is dying, and the prince will soon be king. It is now Wendy's turn to take up her mother's cause and convince Peter to join the fight between good and evil yet again. Followers of these adventures will be overjoyed at finding a new installment in the series. New readers, however, will be lost if they don't pick up Peter and the Secret of Rundoon (Hyperion, 2007) first. Barry and Pearson again give kids a quick-paced read with nonstop action.—Lisa Marie Williams, East Gwillimbury Public Library, Holland Landing, Ontario
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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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Although written for children, the books can be enjoyed by any age.
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It gave the same feeling as the first book and made me want to read the next book in the series.
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I'm in love with Peter and the Starcatchers series about how Peter Pan became who he was.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kids Book Maven on 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 By KidsReads on November 30, 2009
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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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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By E. Heredia on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Blatt on December 14, 2011
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This fourth volume in the Starcatcher Series contains the vivid immaginations of its combined authors, Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry. I was fortunate to see both men on the same stage together, talking about their collaboration on this Series. It's no wonder they write so well for children: they were like a couple of kids, with humor sparking between them. They spoke of the initial challenges of collaboration. But they agreed that eventually their story-drafts seemed to take on an identity of their own, as if written by a third man who wrote better than either of them did. The Series is an extension of the Peter Pan story. You have to read the books yourself to fully understand how these two men created a whole new world in a sense. Although written for children, the books can be enjoyed by any age.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Frank L. Hicks Jr. on May 8, 2012
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The final book of the series has action going on in both London and NeverLand. Lots of action with new heroes and villains as well as many of the old ones. Peter Pan is once again portrayed as a really inapt hero, in fact he really was not much of a hero at all and made one major stupid move that was devastating, but still he had his moments. The book was really great except for this need to show Peter as a jerk. Wendy was a super hero and James and Ted, two of the lost boys (now fully grown men) who returned to London at the end of the last book also had a part to play and were more heroic than Peter. Molly and George are in it as well as Molly's father. Carl the Bear is there and some really bad characters that even strain the ability of the aging bear. This is clearly a different Peter Pan and Wendy and Molly and Captain Hook etc than us older readers grew up with. So you need to take it as a new Peter Pan and not try to place it into the old category although that is hard.

The authors claimed they had not intended to write this book but it is nice they did. There are lots of adventures in this with Captain Hook on the high seas once more and the bad guys really seem to be totally unstoppable. Starstuff is under siege in both London and Neverland but most of the action is in London. Tinkerbell is still a fun side of the story and a hero in her own right.

In the end there is a finality with at least some of the bad guys but also a fun hint of a future to come. A very good ending.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Bower TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 22, 2010
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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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