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Tuesday, April 07, 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 Evan’s entry. Thanks, Evan!

Peter And The Starcatchers
By Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Published by Hyperion Books 452 pages

This is the tale of a boy named Peter and his magical adventures. Peter and his four friends, James, Thomas, Prentiss, and Tubby Ted, were all bound for a far off land called Rundoon to be a king’s slaves. Peter met a young girl named Molly while searching for a mysterious chest on board the ship, Never Land. There Peter learned the secret of the contents of the chest. It was Starstuff, a shiny gold powder that can do amazing and terrible things. Misfortune and fate suddenly attack and Peter and his friends are stranded on a mysterious island inhabited by strange natives. They were attacked by pirates and ravaged by a storm at sea. Finally Peter manages to save the Starstuff by tricking a ruthless and vicious man but in doing so he exposes himself to a large amount of Starstuff which changed him permanently.
Peter is a young boy who grew up in an orphanage. He has no recollection of his parents. He has red hair and blue eyes and he is the leader of his friends.
What I liked best about this book is the originality and the way it changes a classic story into a whole new tale. I also like the detail in which it describes things. Finally I like the way it uses the characters in new ways and really shows their feelings well.
I think anyone who likes adventure fantasy books would like this book. Some books I would compare it to are The Lightning Thief, Harry Potter, and Lord of the Rings.

Submitted by Evan W.

1 comment:

Mrs. Gatlin said...

Excellent review! Great comparisons!
Mrs. G.