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Ever wondered how Peter Pan became Peter Pan? How can he fly? How he got to Never Land? Who were the Lost Boys before they were lost? I hadn’t either, but now that I’ve finished Peter and the Starcatchers, I’m not sure how I could stand not knowing before. Peter is living at a rotten orphanage in London when he and his friends are ordered onto the creaky, aging Never Land to be sailed to their next assignment – hard labor under a cruel king. On the boat, the boys are chastised by Captain Slank, whipped by the terrifying Little Richard, and forced to dine on slop filled with worms. But then Peter meets Molly, a wealthy young girl with a golden locket who can talk to porpoises and is desperate to protect a mysterious trunk kept deep within the ship. And then there’s the infamous Black Stache and his crew, a mangy group of pirates determined to get their hands on that very same trunk, at any cost. Peter and the Starcatchers is masterfully written to mix suspense, action, and humor. Each short chapter ends with a cliffhanger, and just when the adventure starts to get too intense, the mood is broken with a slapstick or sarcastic moment. Nonstop action and humor plus short, manageable chapters make Peter and the Starcatchers a sure winner, and a fabulous class or bedtime read aloud. Highly suggested, even from this fantasy-avoider! #bookreview #peterandthestarcatcher