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Monday, March 30, 2009

6th Grade Entry - Peter and the Starcatchers

6th graders at WOMS have been invited to post guest entries on my blog for YA books they’ve recently read. This is Sage’s entry. Thanks, Sage!

Peter and the Starcatchers Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson Hyperion Books for Children/ New York

Peter and his five friends, who are orphans, aboard a boat called the Never Land with a strange trunk on it. The whole crew is talking about how it’s the greatest treasure in the Seven Seas. Peter meets a new friend aboard the Never land. Her name is Molly. When Molly reveals a secret to Peter the mystery of the strange trunk begins to unravel. When Molly, Peter, and the trunk wash up on an unknown island they meet savages, a huge crocodile named Mister Grin, beautiful, but ferocious mermaids, and ravage pirates. They also discover the true powers of the trunk, and Peter’s powers. Everyone is after the trunk. Who gets the trunks? You’ll have to find out.

Peter is a sneaky and tricky boy. When all the boys and Molly are in danger, he shows affection. Peter is incredibly brave and almost gets killed several times to save the lives of the boys, Molly (who seems to be in the most danger) and a fellow sailor whose name is Alf. He also saves the chief of the savages (Fighting Prawn), and Molly’s father. Peter is courageous, but has a soft side.

Poor Peter. He’s already an orphan and has to take care of five boys, because he’s their leader, and on top of that he has to be brave and act like he’s not scared when he feels like he’s so scared he could pee in his pants. Now on top of this he’s responsible for nine lives. I question if this responsibility helps Peter by knowing that he is the one who is in control and gets himself and the others through this stressful time. The reason that I loved this book so much is mostly because of the suspense. I loved how the writers wrote the chapters. They would write about what was happening in one part in the story and then the next chapter would be about what was happening in another part of the story. For example: The writers would write about what was happening with Peter and Molly and the boys. Then the next would be what was happening with Black Stache. This way the chapters where always left at a cliff hanger.

I greatly recommend this book to people who like suspense and to those who like (or love) Peter Pan. Whoever enjoys a good book, I highly recommend this book. This is a great book if you’re bored or have nothing to do. Once someone who likes the things I said above picks up this book, I’m sure that they’ll get lost in it.

Submitted by Sage D.

1 comment:

The Never Fairy said...

It's a fun story. Just be aware that the Barry/Pearson books have MANY mistakes from J.M. Barrie's original stories. It's as if they never even bothered to read them!

There is a faithful Peter Pan adventure: