Peter Pan in Scarlett by Geraldine McCaughrean

Summary:

The first official sequel to J.M. Barrie’s masterpiece takes us back to London, twenty years later when the Darling Children have all grown up. (Remember: all the Lost Boys went home with Wendy, Michael, and John, and were adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Darling.) ALL the Darling children begin to have nightmares regarding Never Land. Each morning when they wake up, they find mementos in their beds that could only have come from Never Land. Deciding they must return, they hunt down a fairy for fairy dust and become children again. Once they are back in Never Land, they find Peter to have changed as well. He has not aged, but he isn’t the same miraculous boy that he was. In the mean time, Wendy meets a man named Mr. Ravello who gives her the creeps. Peter, the boys and Wendy find the now-abandoned Jolly Roger and a treasure map. Now things are beginning to seem normal again. When they find the island, Ravello shows up again. But Ravello turns out to be an old enemy…

Opinion:

It was an interesting adaptation of the characters. I didn’t like that Tinker Bell wasn’t a big part of the story line, but it wouldn’t have worked well if she had been involved. It did have its share of surprises. It was an interesting read, but I’m not sold on it. I would not recommend this book. The only reason I’d pick up this book again would be to reread the page telling how the idea for a sequel came about.

Notes from Reading:

New fairy: Fireflyer; likes to eat buttons

Never Land treasure chests contain your heart’s greatest desires

Tink shows up in the chest after Fireflyer wishes for her; they fall in love

SPOILER!!

Ravello = the man that once was Hook

© Cori Endicott May 2009

 

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. The Never Fairy
    Mar 15, 2011 @ 21:04:37

    What I don’t like about this book is that it has a bunch of mistakse in it as compared to Barrie’s original stories. For instance, it says one cannot fly without a shadow. If that were so then how did Peter Pan fly up to the Darlings’ window to retrieve it? She also has some other fact-checking errors, too. How can an “official” sequel contradict the original?? Besides all that, I didn’t think it very good. oh sure, a touch here or there is great, but the story feels flat. And the giant puppy out of nowhere to save Peter??

    You’ll be interested to know that there’s a faithful continuation of Pan’s adventures… it’s based on Barrie’s own notes for more! Click!

    And then there’s this great book, a “What if?” tale that charts a new course for it all while remaining anchored in the core themes and essence of Barrie. But be warned…it’s not for the kids! Click!

    BELIEVE!

    Reply

    • caendicott
      Mar 15, 2011 @ 21:48:38

      Thank you for commenting! I really didn’t care for the sequel. I called it an “official” sequel because there was a contest to see who would get to write the book. I agree with your criticisms. Thank you for the links. Please comment as much as you like.

      Reply

  2. The Never Fairy
    Mar 15, 2011 @ 22:33:58

    Oh yes, I know all about why it’s “official” 🙂 And that just makes it all the more irksome, doesn’t it? That a flawed (in more ways than one) story won?
    And you’re welcome. I hope you enjoy the books I mentioned.
    Thanks for letting me post them!

    Reply

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