Reviews for Peter and the Secret of Rundoon


Booklist Reviews 2007 November #2
Peter discovers his identity and saves the universe from being taken over by a villain in this sweeping conclusion to the Starcatchers trilogy, the imagined backstory for James Barrie's Peter Pan. With cinematic action, short chapters, and a breathless pace, this suspenseful adventure stands on its own, but it will be more rewarding for those who recognize the ingredients of Barrie's tale. Peter, Molly Aster and her Starcatcher father, Tinker Bell, Captain Hook, and the boys from Peter's orphanage end up together in the imaginary kingdom of Rundoon, where a mad scientist is attempting to use starstuff to return the universe to its primordial darkness. The authors heighten suspense by alternately focusing on a desert adventure and events on Peter's island, where the Mollusk tribe has been conquered by dark human forces. The magical starstuff allows carpets, camels, the ship, and even the orphan lost boys to fly, and there's some satisfying middle-school humor involving camel turds and an indiscriminately greedy snake. A clever, melodramatic, and enjoyable finale. Copyright 2007 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Spring
This conclusion to the Starcatchers trilogy, which features Peter Pan and other characters from the familiar Barrie tale, is packed with action as Peter engages in the ultimate battle between light and darkness to protect the human race. Despite 400-plus pages of adventure, none of the characters except the sassy Tinkerbell is more than two-dimensional, leaving the story feeling hollow. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2007 September #2
In this double-stranded, nearly nonstop close to the Starcatchers trilogy (at least its direct line; the authors are also producing spin-offs), peaceful Mollusk Island is overrun by savage invaders, while Peter, acerbic Tinkerbell and the Starcatchers are away in the North African land of Rundoon battling the darkness-loving Others. For one long pause, the reconstituted shadow-eater Lord Ombra stops to explain in great detail the Others's scheme to rewind the entire universe back to its pre-Big Bang state, and to reveal that the fabulously valuable "starstuff" that falls to Earth occasionally is effluent from "a leak in the plumbing of the universe." Otherwise, it's all one grand and glorious string of captures, escapes and cliffhangers, with a large supporting cast featuring a flying camel, a giant snake, a mad Russian rocket scientist and lots of monkeys. In the end, all's been set right and the main characters are, more or less, in place for the opening of Peter Pan, to which this has all been a prelude. Kudos to Barry and Pearson for a funny, clever, melodramatic romp. (Fantasy. 11-13) Copyright Kirkus 2007 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2007 October #5
Favorite characters return in a number of new series additions. Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson return with the third installment of the Starcatchers series, Peter and the Secret of Rundoon, illus. by Greg Call. Peter and Molly contend with both King Zarboff, ruler of the desert land of Rundoon, as well as Lord Ombra, the demonic shadow introduced in Peter and the Shadow Thieves, who is plotting to destroy the entire world. A showdown between the Mollusks and Scorpions and plenty of pirate intrigue round out this series finale. (Disney Editions, $18.99 496p ages 10-up ISBN 9780-7868-3788-5; Oct.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2007 October

Gr 4 Up-- Hang on to your hats, because the conclusion to this trilogy is a fast-moving roller-coaster ride. Once again, Lord Ombra surfaces as leader of the Others, but this time readers are dragged into the hot desert land of Rundoon. Orphan boys work as slaves for villainous King Zarboff, and if they don't obey, his enormous pet snake makes a snack of them. The fate of the world is left not only to Peter; all of the characters from the series play major roles in the final outcome as well. Tinker Bell plays a pivotal role, and, through her actions, readers see what this little dynamo is really made of. The end of the book reads like an action-packed movie, switching scenes back and forth as the story crosses paths between Rundoon and the island where the Mollusks have been captured by a vicious, warring tribe known as the Scorpions. One of the most intellectually engaging scenes is Lord Ombra's explanation of how the world came into existence. Two questions remain unanswered. Why was Hook taken by the Others in the first place, and what happened to Peter's parents? The story line fizzles out regarding their existence or demise. Kids who haven't read the first two books might have trouble following this one, but for fans of the series, this is a fun, intense, and totally worthwhile adventure.--Robyn Gioia, Bolles School, Ponte Vedra, FL

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VOYA Reviews 2008 February
The fate of all existence rests in the hands of Peter Pan and his allies in this gripping final installment of the Starcatcher series. After their previous adventures battling pirates and the shadowy malevolent beings known as "the Others," Peter, the orphaned "lost" boys, and Tinkerbell are trying to content themselves with a quiet life on Mollusk Island. When attacked by the savage Scorpion warriors, Peter and his friends escape only to be captured by the evil King Zarboff and brought to the exotic land of Rundoon. While imprisoned, Peter learns the dreadful Lord Ombra, the Others' leader, is still alive and implementing a diabolically dangerous plan to obtain more of the mysterious and powerful "starstuff." Peter also discovers shocking information about his parents and his true identity, and is forced to use his special abilities to help the Others. Meanwhile back in London, Molly, an aspiring member of the noble Starcatchers and Peter's would-be love interest, learns of the Others' threat. Molly and her friend George Darling head to Rundoon to help Peter and rescue Molly's father. Captain Hook and his band of pirates even play an unexpectedly heroic role as they get caught up in the action. This thoroughly satisfying and fast-paced adventure blends humor and drama in a compelling and moving story about friendship and growing up. Although billed as the last book in the series, Barry and Pearson pose enough unresolved questions to create the possibility of further Peter Pan adventures.-Amy Luedtke 5Q 5P M J Copyright 2008 Voya Reviews.

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