If you are a fan of Dave Barry (and you should be!) or Peter Pan or are simply human . . . you’ll LOVE these books! I bought the Starcatcher books as they were being originally published in the early 2000s and my children devoured them! And then they re-read them and re-read them and re-read them. Our family copies are quite dilapidated.
The Peter and the Star Catchers series are “prequels” to the classic story of Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie, however, there are plenty of new characters and plot twists awaiting you on the high seas, secret islands and the streets of London! You don’t even have to like the original Peter Pan story to enjoy these novels. They’re extremely clever and funny and will grab you by the hand with the first chapter and hold you fast until you’ve read all 2000+ pages. This is modern children’s literature at its finest.
If you’d rather listen, the audio books are recorded by Jim Dale, who is arguably the best children’s narrator on the planet.
There is also a fantastic musical play based on the first book — I saw it performed a few years ago at the Utah Shakespeare Festival and it knocked my socks off! If you get the chance, see it. Very family friendly.
Peter and the Star Catchers (2004), 480 pages
Peter and the Shadow Thieves (2006), 592 pages
Peter and the Secret of Rundoon (2007), 496 pages
Peter and the Sword of Mercy (2009), 528 pages
Although not technically part of the Starcatchers Series, The Bridge to Never Land follows two modern-day children who discover the ancient manuscripts to the Starcatchers books and begin to unravel a mystery that is extremely dangerous. Who can save them from what they discover? The Bridge to Never Land (2011), 448 pages
Middle Grade Reading Level, 450+ pages each volume, Fantasy, Published 2004 – 2011.