Friday, April 11, 2014

Book Review: Peter Pan in Scarlet

Peter Pan in Scarlet by: Geraldine McCaughrean, Alladin Paperback, 2008.
This book is reported as the first-ever authorized sequel to Peter Pan.  The author won the honr via a contest.  J.M. Barrie gave the rights to Peter Pan to Great Ormond Street Hospital in 1829.  In 2004 they authorized a sequel and sponsored a contest seeking an author. 
It took me some time to get into this book.  For the first half, it seemed like someone was trying to be clever and copy Barrie, but never quite hitting the mark.  However, as the adventure of the story and the intrigue of the story, began to take over, then I was drawn into the book.  If I wasn’t so vested in reading the book, I may have never reached the point where it drew me in.  I am glad I finally got there. 
The plot is set with the “Lost Boys” now as adults, are having dreams of Never Land.  Nightmares, and these dreams leave things behind, wet sheets, or a sword or other implement her or there.  Something has to be done.  They take their concerns to Wendy, now a mother herself, and the answer is obvious—they must go back to Never Land.  To return to Never Land they must find a faerie, and they must become young again.  When they arrive there, everything is changed.  The land has been poisoned.  The mermaids all died from the poison, the Indians are not seen.  They meet Pan, and go adventuring chasing dragons.  This adventure quickly changes to one of seeking Hooks treasure.  Pan has put on Hooks second best coat, and slowly transforms into Hook himself.

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