On the Same Page: Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson

Title: Peter and the Starcatchers

Author: Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson

Publishing Information:  May 11, 2006 by Disney-Hyperion

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling, Middle Grade, Adventure

Series Information: Book one in the Peter and the Starcatchers series

Format: Hardcover, 452 pages

Source: Borrowed from my public library

Recommended For: Readers looking for a retelling of a timeless tale, one that brings you back to the beginning before Peter was Peter Pan. If you are looking for a heartfelt story that reminds you what life was like before you “grew up,” then this is the book for you.

Related Reviews: Brittany’s Post on retellings and Amy’s post bringing you back to the origins!

Hey there, lovelies! This month the gals and I went a little younger in our pick and chose Peter and the Starcatchers as our May read! We mainly chose it because the narration is done by Jim Dale and we loooove Jim Dale!! I actually started off listening to this one but didn’t have much time so I picked up the print copy and was very impressed by both! Much like I did for our post on The Goose Girl, I am going to talk to you guys about some retellings that you can read if you are interested in Peter Pan. Spoiler alert: Peter Pan is actually one of my least favorite stories from my childhood (as well as one of my least favorite Disney movies…ugh, Wendy) but I still felt myself enthralled by Peter and the Starcatchers. I loved the way in which it went back to the beginning, and helped show who Peter was before he became Peter Pan. The relationships were fleshed out and the whole novel was action packed and fun. It was the ending that really cinched my love for this novel. I teared up a bit and my heart melted, I will definitely be continuing on with this series.

If you want a love story that will surprise you and make your heart ache…

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Tiger Lily is one of the most lyrical and heart wrenching stories that I have ever read. From page one I was taken by Tiger Lily and they way she was vastly different from those around her. I fell for Peter as she did, little by little she gave into him and let him into her heart. Through Tink’s eyes I was able to see how she couldn’t quite give enough and wasn’t exactly what Peter needed. There were times I was so frustrated with her and just wanted her to be what he needed her to be even though I knew it wasn’t her, I knew she didn’t know how to give in without giving up herself. I’ll be honest, the ending was so heartbreaking yet beautiful at the same time that I read it over and over. I felt my heart break and mend almost simultaneously. It was phenomenal. The story was riveting. It was heartbreaking, tender, harrowing, compelling, breathtaking and all around gorgeous. I recommend it to fans of strong heroines such as Scarlet, fans of Peter Pan and readers looking for a fantasy novel that will make them feel an array of emotions.

“If there was a true moment that Tiger Lily fell so in love with Peter she could never turn back, it was that night, when he shivered and walked and told her he was warm, and told her he loved her so much. She was fierce, to be sure, but she had a girl’s heart, after all.”

If you want a darker retelling that will leave you shocked and raw…

The Child Thief by Brom

Brom completely re-imagines the tale of Peter Pan, turning it into a thoroughly detailed and layered story. Avalon was once a magical and beautiful paradise, until man showed up on its shores. The “man” in question being the Captain and his crew (saw that one coming, didn’t you?) The crew is made up not of not savage men, but puritans (but really, what’s the difference?) looking to start a new civilization. Brom tells the tale of horror, betrayal and dedication through a child narrator named Nick, a narrator I quickly fell in love with. Nick is a strong minded boy, who attempts to stand up for what is right while shirking away from what would be “easy.” If you are looking for a more adult retelling, one that will leave you raw then pick up The Child Thief…

Those that I have had on my TBR for a while…

To read aloud with the kiddos…

Hook’s Revenge by Heidi Schulz

“Captain Hook’s feisty daughter hits the high seas to avenge her father’s death at the jaws of the Neverland crocodile” Sign me up, am I right? From what I have heard Hook’s Revenge is filled with laughs and wholehearted fun. From what I am gathering, this is the perfect novel to read aloud with the kids!

If you want something a little more romantic…

Hook & Jill by Andrea Jones

I found this novel on a whim as I was perusing Goodreads one day and it seems as if the blurb hardly does it justice…”Wendy intends to live happily ever after with Peter Pan. But Time, like this tale,behaves in a most unsettling way. As Wendy mothers the Lost Boys in Neverland, they thrive on adventure. She struggles to keep her boys safe from the Island’s many hazards, but she finds a more subtle threat encroaching from an unexpected quarter. . .” < Spoiler alert: that threat is Captain Hook! Sign me up!

A lovable villain and some historical fiction? Yes, please!

Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen

Another romantic retelling! Also? You guys know that I love me a villain!! Can not WAIT to read this one! Meet Captain James Benjamin Hook, a witty, educated Restoration-era privateer cursed to play villain to a pack of malicious little boys in a pointless war that never ends. But everything changes when Stella Parrish, a forbidden grown woman, dreams her way to the Neverland in defiance of Pan’s rules. From the glamour of the Fairy Revels, to the secret ceremonies of the First Tribes, to the mysterious underwater temple beneath the Mermaid Lagoon, the magical forces of the Neverland open up for Stella as they never have for Hook. And in the pirate captain himself, she begins to see someone far more complex than the storybook villain.

A brand new retelling showing that Peter is much more villainous than Captain Hook…

Never Never by Brianna Shrum

This story isn’t about Peter Pan; it’s about the boy whose life he stole. It’s about a man in a world that hates men. It’s about the feared Captain James Hook and his passionate quest to kill the Pan, an impossible feat in a magical land where everyone loves Peter Pan.

I can’t leave you guys hanging without our other re-tellings now can I…?


Hook is one of the best movies ever made. Ever. Why don’t you go ahead and banish anyone who says differently as you don’t need that sort of negativity in your life. BANGARANG!

And with that, I leave you…


5 thoughts on “On the Same Page: Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson

  1. Not gonna lie, I want to watch OUAT just for Hook. Hellooooooo. And Hook the movie is so great!! I watched it recently after not seeing it for years and it was even better than I remembered. I also love the 2003 version of Peter Pan with Jason Isaacs. It’s so pretty and has the best music.

    After reading all three blog posts I’m dying to read Peter and the Starcatchers again! I’ve forgotten everything it’s been so long. And oh man. I have Tiger Lily but have been putting it off because I heard how heart wrenching it is!! I’ll have to be in the right mood for some soul crushing beauty haha. Hook’s Revenge is really fun, you should read it!! I have Alias Hook and Never Never on my tbr as well. Haven’t heard of Hook & Jill but it looks intriguing! I just love retellings 🙂

  2. I hear Hook’s Revenge is really good–I should put this on my list. This Alias Hook cover is gorgeous! I definitely am looking into this ❤ I liked that you paired up some books that have similar Pan themes 🙂 I also see Never Never popping up so I might need to look into this too.

    Kilian and his scruff and his mouth?! ARE YOU TRYING TO KILL ME!!!!

  3. As a lover of villains (like myself), i bet you would like “Capt. Hook: adventures of a notorious youth” (Hart)

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