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Peter and the Sword of Mercy (Peter and the Starcatchers)

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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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Product Details

  • 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: 5.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #709,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Peter and the Sword of Mercy is a continuation of the Peter and the Starcatchers series. It is book four. The books are by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. They wrote this series together beginning at an attempt to answer questions their children had about Peter Pan. Interestingly, they wrote these long distance communicating by phone, email and texting, and fax. They managed to make it seem as though only one person wrote the books. They are simply fascinating especially for those who love Barrie’s Peter Pan.
Molly Darling, once Molly Aster, had an unexpected visitor. It was James Smith, one of the original Lost Boys of Neverland. He had come back with Molly along with Prentis, Thomas and Ted and had grown up in the “real” world. The boys kept in contact with each other; but Molly only rarely did. James told her his suspicions about von Schatten having some type of hold on the King and the possibility that Ombra was back. He wanted her help. She didn’t want to help; but agreed to talk to him the next day. When he left, she ended up telling her eleven-year old daughter, Wendy, about the Starcatchers and their adventures in Neverland and Peter Pan. When George Darling came home, Molly told him about James’s visit and he vehemently told her to forget it. His reputation was at stake as was any possible promotion.
The next day when James did not appear, Molly became very concerned. She went to Scotland Yard to talk to his boss to see if anything had happened to James. She was assured he was on vacation and not to worry. Of course, being Molly, she did worry. She decided the following day to visit her father and see if he could shed any light on the matter. Before she left, she gave Wendy her locket just as a precaution.
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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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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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