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Peter and the Starcatchers, by Dave Barry

1033662Peter and the Starcatchers
Dave Barry
2004 by Hyperion Books
ISBN – 9780786854455
Genre – Fantasy
Age – Middle School
3.2 Stars

Peter and the other orphans are taken on the ship Neverland to live on an island ruled by an evil man. Little does everyone know that the ship is carrying something very special, and something that a lot of people and pirates would like to get their hands on. One of the pirates that is chasing after then is the notorious Captain Blackbeard, who will stop at nothing to get his hands on the treasure. Peter and his friends must help protect the mysterious trunk and try to stay alive while doing it.

This book is full of magic, adventure, pirates, and talking porpoises, sounds great right? For some reason, it just didn’t excite me. It seemed to drag on with too many characters, and too many story lines. I had a hard time connecting to any of them, its as if they were all spread too thin. I love the idea of the beginning of Peter’s story, and I really enjoyed the parts of the book that addressed his coming to be a lost boy. I enjoyed that part so much, that I may still pick up the next one, just to see how his character is developed. On a side note, the audio book was narrated by Jim Dale, and he is always excellent!

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