Peter and the Starcatchers is the first in a trilogy of books written by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. The story is a prequel to the original Peter Pan story and offers a more modern, action-packed explanation for the existence of Peter and his strange anomalies. In this story the Starcatchers are a group of people who gather “starstuff” that falls from the sky which, when exposed to humans, causes strange and unusual effects.
The story chronicles Peter and his transformation to orphan island boy along with a girl named Molly, who eventually will turn out to be Mrs. Darling.
Aside from the changes from the original story, which grate slightly on my nerves, the story is interesting and makes sense. I think I would call the original Peter Pan the girl’s version of the story while Peter and the Starcatchers is more of the boy’s version.
If you’re looking for a fun story for children ages 9-13 to read Peter and the Starcatchers is a well-written, action-packed story that will appeal to boys and girls. This story will also make a great read-aloud book.