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The first-ever authorized sequel to J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan! In August 2004 the Special Trustees of Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, who hold the copyright in Peter Pan, launched a worldwide search for a writer to create a sequel to J. M. Barrie's timeless masterpiece. Renowned and multi award-winning English author Geraldine McCaughrean won the honor to write The first-ever authorized sequel to J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan! In August 2004 the Special Trustees of Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, who hold the copyright in Peter Pan, launched a worldwide search for a writer to create a sequel to J. M. Barrie's timeless masterpiece. Renowned and multi award-winning English author Geraldine McCaughrean won the honor to write this official sequel, Peter Pan in Scarlet. Illustrated by Scott M. Fischer and set in the 1930s, Peter Pan in Scarlet takes readers flying back to Neverland in an adventure filled with tension, danger, and swashbuckling derring-do!


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The first-ever authorized sequel to J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan! In August 2004 the Special Trustees of Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, who hold the copyright in Peter Pan, launched a worldwide search for a writer to create a sequel to J. M. Barrie's timeless masterpiece. Renowned and multi award-winning English author Geraldine McCaughrean won the honor to write The first-ever authorized sequel to J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan! In August 2004 the Special Trustees of Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, who hold the copyright in Peter Pan, launched a worldwide search for a writer to create a sequel to J. M. Barrie's timeless masterpiece. Renowned and multi award-winning English author Geraldine McCaughrean won the honor to write this official sequel, Peter Pan in Scarlet. Illustrated by Scott M. Fischer and set in the 1930s, Peter Pan in Scarlet takes readers flying back to Neverland in an adventure filled with tension, danger, and swashbuckling derring-do!

30 review for Peter Pan in Scarlet (AUDIOBOOK) [CD]

  1. 4 out of 5

    Petra-X is getting covered in Soufriere ash

    Silly. Exploitative. Badly-drawn characters. None of the magic of the original. That's enough reasons and enough time spent on why I gave this charmless book up. Silly. Exploitative. Badly-drawn characters. None of the magic of the original. That's enough reasons and enough time spent on why I gave this charmless book up.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Manybooks

    After repeatedly trying to read Geraldine McCaughrean’s Peter Pan in Scarlet (her officially sanctioned sequel of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan) and always giving up in both UTTER ANGER AND DESPAIR due to the simply massive and offensive amount of cultural and ethnic stereotyping regarding American Indians, I do have to admit that I have also been rather majorly frustrated by and aghast at the fact that the vast majority of negative reviews of Peter Pan in Scarlet (and indeed, there are in fact a good After repeatedly trying to read Geraldine McCaughrean’s Peter Pan in Scarlet (her officially sanctioned sequel of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan) and always giving up in both UTTER ANGER AND DESPAIR due to the simply massive and offensive amount of cultural and ethnic stereotyping regarding American Indians, I do have to admit that I have also been rather majorly frustrated by and aghast at the fact that the vast majority of negative reviews of Peter Pan in Scarlet (and indeed, there are in fact a goodly number of negative reviews) seem to have issues with Geraldine McCaughrean’s writing style and how she has generally rendered her story and her characters as much too negative, but that annoyingly, how she with (in my opinion) extreme ignorance and prejudice has depicted and described Native Americans (and in 2006, in the 21st century, mind you), this has only very rarely been touched upon (and actually, NONE of the negative reviews of Peter Pan in Scarlet I have read on Amazon even once take umbrage at the stereotypical fashion American Indians are described throughout Geraldine McCaughrean’s text, and not jut once or twice, but always and continuously). For indeed, almost every single referral to Native Americans in Peter Pan in Scarlet is at best dated and clichéd (not to mention offensive and infuriating), with the author, with Geraldine McCaughrean using words like squaw, papoose, redskins etc., with her making American Indians appear like stereotypical caricatures (clad in full tribal regalia, wearing feathers, smeared with war paint and all combined in some huge melting pot of different tribes, as though Native Americans are all somehow one and the same and not many different tribes with many different traditions and cultural practices). And furthermore, in Peter Pan in Scarlet, Geraldine McCaughrean also (and at least from where I am standing) even seems to actively go out of her way to make American Indians in general appear as negative and as vicious (with unacceptable and nasty reference to throat slitting, scalping, cannibalism and the like), leaving a constantly unpleasant taste in my mouth (and indeed so much anger towards Geraldine McCaughrean, that most likely I will from now on actively be avoiding ANY AND ALL books of fiction from her pen). And finally, I also have to sadly conclude that Geraldine McCaughrean obviously has NO IDEA what some of the words that she has used with regard to describing Native Americans in Peter Pan in Scarlet even mean. For while for example, the word papoose is considered a problematic term nowadays, it does indeed mean baby, and for McCaughrean to write about her American Indian characters beating on their papooses is totally strange and hugely troubling (as she obviously must assume and think that a papoose is some kind of percussion instrument, oh brother). So totally not recommended, and yes, I am also totally offended that Peter Pan in Scarlet was actually a Carnegie Medal nominee!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Clelland

    I hated every page of this book. I'm a pretty big fan of the JM Barrie characters and stories. I've seen some terrible movies and poor representations before, but this novel took it to a level I could never have ever imagined. I'm just going to have to act like I never read this book. First, I must say, I respect the Great Ormond Street Hospital. I repect that JM Barrie wanted to provide for their amazing work and devotion to children. They comissioned an "authorized" sequel... in order to contin I hated every page of this book. I'm a pretty big fan of the JM Barrie characters and stories. I've seen some terrible movies and poor representations before, but this novel took it to a level I could never have ever imagined. I'm just going to have to act like I never read this book. First, I must say, I respect the Great Ormond Street Hospital. I repect that JM Barrie wanted to provide for their amazing work and devotion to children. They comissioned an "authorized" sequel... in order to continue Pan's legacy and their copyright, for they lose proceeds from Peter and Wendy in 2007. And have denouced other books that have used Barrie's characters. However, They choose a terrible novel to carry on the legacy. Nothing against Geraldine McCaughrean. She obviously in not a poor writer. She just is not a good writer for Peter Pan. Dave Barry's and Ridley Pearson's Novels (peter and the starcatchers and the shadow thieves) do a much better job representing the child Peter (in my opinion) and the adventures that would be possible. However, Who really could ever truly do this other then JM? I'm am just apalled at this, from tinkerbell to the roarers to the world of neverland... word for word... nothing I could believe in; atleast as a story from neverland. Peter would never act in the way that she describes. The idea to change into children by putting childrens clothes on... was ridiculous. It's almost as if she didn't even understand the magic in neverland. And most of all, Tinkerbell ignoring Peter? COME ON ! ! ! Never in a million years ! Anyways, every body else gave this book fantastic reviews. I however will never acknowledge it as a part of neverland history. I would say anyone that uses Peter Pan or neverland as a story or premise should respect Barrie's wishes and donate proceeds to the Great Ormond St Hospital's cause. However, They should not be in charge of "authorized" versions in the future.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Had to check to make sure I wasn't accidentally reading only the one star reviews....people don't seem to like this one as much, but it sure looks interesting. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4.5 stars All those one and two star reviews had me braced for something dreadful. But it wasn't. Guys (and gals), Peter Pan in Scarlet is not a mistake. It is positively magical. It has been a few years since I read the original Peter Pan, and what memories I have are rather dim and colored by Peter Pan whacking older Lost Had to check to make sure I wasn't accidentally reading only the one star reviews....people don't seem to like this one as much, but it sure looks interesting. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4.5 stars All those one and two star reviews had me braced for something dreadful. But it wasn't. Guys (and gals), Peter Pan in Scarlet is not a mistake. It is positively magical. It has been a few years since I read the original Peter Pan, and what memories I have are rather dim and colored by Peter Pan whacking older Lost Boys. It was a strange, beautiful book, a children's story yet inappropriate for children. Peter Pan in Scarlet carries that strange, beautiful, childish magic but remains appropriate for a younger audience. Plot Peter Pan in Scarlet takes place 20 or so years after Peter Pan. Wendy and the Lost Boys have grown up, had families, experienced World War 1. However, dreams of Neverland haunt their sleep and the increasing feeling that something is wrong. Could Peter be in danger? Together, they decide to return and save Neverland one more time. Thoughts Peter Pan in Scarlet is not, perhaps, on the same level as Peter Pan. It gains much of its charm from taking familiar, beloved characters and giving them a twist. From a certain point, I can see why readers who love the familiar J.M. Barrie characters might object. These are not just the Lost Boys, but the Lost Boys Grown Up And Come Back. They're doctors and judges and fathers. But they are also, thanks to the magic of childhood, little boys who like adventures and getting covered in mud. They are Darling Boys now and Lost Boys. And I loved them. I like the glimpses of them as men at the beginning and their clever transition back to boyhood. I like the new fairy and the hunt for treasure. I like the return of old villains and the lessons about adulthood. I like Wendy, who is the ever present mother but very much an adventuress herself. I like parents who have not truly abandoned their children and hope from the bittersweet ending of the first book. Hope but tears...because not all our favorite characters appear in this story, and pain because war is not a pretty thing. I found this book aroused my imagination and excitement like the predecessor, but instead of ending with, "huh", I felt magic.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Gloryseeker33

    This is billed as the first authorized sequel to Peter Pan. I have long loved the original and read it many times. In addition I had read two Peter Pan Starcatcher books last summer, and though I enjoyed them, was disappointed at not finding either the true Peter Pan character, or a faithful adherence to the details of the original story. So I approached this one with hope tempered by scepticism. I was pleased to find in this book the true Pan, and a story that stays true to the details of the o This is billed as the first authorized sequel to Peter Pan. I have long loved the original and read it many times. In addition I had read two Peter Pan Starcatcher books last summer, and though I enjoyed them, was disappointed at not finding either the true Peter Pan character, or a faithful adherence to the details of the original story. So I approached this one with hope tempered by scepticism. I was pleased to find in this book the true Pan, and a story that stays true to the details of the original. At the same time, this story was fresh with new challenges and adventures and cast old characters into new lights. Geraldine McCaughrean manages to go forward with the wonderful language, imagery, atmosphere and character of the original story in a way I would never have thought possible. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    4/5stars this was FASCINATING. Most people dont know about this official sequel to "Peter Pan" by Barrie that was commissioned by the hospital that owns the rights to PP, yet it truly was a good sequel?? I'm kinda shook. Although this, in my personal opinion was, honestly, even more racist than the original and also the characterizations for everyone felt a little off (they seemed a little more... stupid/idiotic than just fun-loving children), I did really enjoy it as a sequel. I thought the conti 4/5stars this was FASCINATING. Most people dont know about this official sequel to "Peter Pan" by Barrie that was commissioned by the hospital that owns the rights to PP, yet it truly was a good sequel?? I'm kinda shook. Although this, in my personal opinion was, honestly, even more racist than the original and also the characterizations for everyone felt a little off (they seemed a little more... stupid/idiotic than just fun-loving children), I did really enjoy it as a sequel. I thought the continued conversations and development of themes was done well, and I think McCaughrean really utilized some of the more contemporary views and readings of the original text. Her writing was also beautiful, and she had some amazing commentary on growing up and the passage of time that could rival Barrie. I also just... Neverland during Autumn?? did you mean MY dream land?

  7. 5 out of 5

    Fay Roberts

    this was a recommendation from my 6 year old and I so wanted to love it (and will lie through my teeth and say I did) but it was just dire. come back beast quest - all is forgiven.....

  8. 4 out of 5

    Claire (Clairby11xxx)

    (2/10) This one was just too childish for me to get on with (I gave up after 80 pages), probably OK for the very young but not one I would choose to read to my own children.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lavoiea

    Hook is Back! No, I'm not referring to Tootles' line in the film "Hook", though that film is a wonderful sequel to "Peter Pan". I'm talking about the book "Peter Pan in Scarlet" by Geraldine McCaughrean. I love pirate stories - and "Peter Pan" is undeniably a pirate story. Though ultimately tragic, it has all the elements of a swashbuckling tale: pirates, of course, swordfights, kidnapping, intrigue, faeries and one hungry crocodile. In the end, of course, Peter chooses to stay young forever - and Hook is Back! No, I'm not referring to Tootles' line in the film "Hook", though that film is a wonderful sequel to "Peter Pan". I'm talking about the book "Peter Pan in Scarlet" by Geraldine McCaughrean. I love pirate stories - and "Peter Pan" is undeniably a pirate story. Though ultimately tragic, it has all the elements of a swashbuckling tale: pirates, of course, swordfights, kidnapping, intrigue, faeries and one hungry crocodile. In the end, of course, Peter chooses to stay young forever - and that choice ultimately costs him his friends and the only mother he'd ever known. Or so we thought. Enter Wendy, John, Tootles, Slightly, Curly, First Twin and Second Twin Darling, now all grown up and nearly all with children of their own. For a time they live their lives of doctors, musicians, mothers...until the Never Land starts invading their dreams and leaving nasty reminders of itself in their beds. Something must be wrong in the Never Land, and the grown-ups are being called to go fix it. But grown-ups cannot fly, and that is, of course, the only way to get to Never Land, so the Darling grown-ups must don their children's clothes and become children again themselves to go and save Peter Pan, who is the heart and mind of the Never Land. Buckles every bit as swashed as in J. M. Barrie's original, McCaughrean takes us across an island where time has moved on from perpetual summer into an un-heard-of autumn. As if autumn in Never Land isn't alarming enough, McCaughrean also forces us to keep company with the creepy, raw-egg-eating and not-child-friendly Raveling Man and his sinister circus animals. She leads us to Hook's sea-chest, which contains the former captain's second-best red jacket (his best coat was eaten by the crocodile, along with James himself, you'll recall). Peter, of course, cannot resist claiming such a prize for himself, thus ensuring - in one sense - the return of Jas. Hook. Yes, Hook is in McCaughrean's tale, too, if not in the way you might think. He influences Peter's choices throughout, and we meet some of the products of his influences in the form of the terrible Roarers - Lost Boys who were banished for Never Land's only crime, that of growing up. All in all, McCaughrean's tale interlocks tightly with Barrie's. She captures the characters truly and clothes them snugly in Barrie's attire. Her Never Land is rich and her imagery vivid and often alliterative, so that it is a pleasure to listen to her tale. The action is non-stop, the situations into which the children get themselves (or Pan gets them, or the Raveling Man leads them) are overwhelming and often impossible, but McCaughrean takes them (and us) into, through, and out of them with ease and enjoyment and not an occasional gasp of fear or surprise. A particular gem of a surprise is Hook's ship, the Jolly Roger, which makes a brief appearance, magically saving Peter and his friends from certain death. A word of warning, though: McCaughrean's tale is darker and more tragic at times than Barrie's, and as such I recommend a parent read it through once before delivering it to younger children. Some of her imagery would have disturbed me as a child. In particular, the Raveling Man's description of the event that would have finished him off - in any other place but Never Land - is gruesome and laced with realism, and has the potential to become a seed for young nightmares. Also, Wendy and John's youngest brother, Michael, is notoriously missing from their quest, and we discover later that war in their grown-up world is the cause of this - a poignant reminder of the troubles of real life. When I read the back cover blurb on "Peter Pan in Scarlet" and learned that our antagonist this time around was a circus owner, I had my doubts as to how well McCaughrean would use him as Pan's foil, but never fear! The Raveling Man is every bit as excellent a villain as Hook was, and in fact he often pushes to levels of hatred for the Raveling Man beyond what we ever felt about the original Hook. He is more than a worthy opponent for Pan and the Lost Boys and Girls. Overall, "Peter Pan in Scarlet" is an excellent and recommended story for adults, and (with some strategic parental editing) for children as well! -Tony PS - It is worth noting that I did not actually read "Peter Pan in Scarlet". I listened to the audiobook version of it, read by the ever-versatile and always entertaining Tim Curry. His characterizations are unique and marvelously believable, and it is only occasionally that I recognized his distinct voice among those of the many and wildly varied characters' - a credit to his versatility. Even if you've read the book, I highly recommend getting a copy of the audiobook from your local library and giving it a listen, for the sheer entertainment value of it!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Madeline Rose

    Initial Response ...GOODNESS. That was INTENSE. High Lights - EVERYTHING, BASICALLY. - Peter is still Peter. And I still loved him. - I LOVED reentering the world of Neverland, and this time with some new worldbuilding! It was really neat to see how things had changed. (view spoiler)[ The bottle of poison that seeped into the lagoon, and then EVERYWHERE. Totally evilly delightful form of worldbuilding. (hide spoiler)] - I just really love all the creativity. It's so cool, playing with all sorts o Initial Response ...GOODNESS. That was INTENSE. High Lights - EVERYTHING, BASICALLY. - Peter is still Peter. And I still loved him. - I LOVED reentering the world of Neverland, and this time with some new worldbuilding! It was really neat to see how things had changed. (view spoiler)[ The bottle of poison that seeped into the lagoon, and then EVERYWHERE. Totally evilly delightful form of worldbuilding. (hide spoiler)] - I just really love all the creativity. It's so cool, playing with all sorts of different ideas and things. - The Lost Boys and Wendy are still hilarious. XD - THE PLOT TWISTS. (Okay, I admit, this is a re-read, but the first time I read it, I remember being ABSOLUTELY SHOCKED at the twists. It was so much fun. :D) (view spoiler)[ RAVELLO. I HATE YOU BUT I LIKE YOU. I've always had a soft spot for Captain Hook, and this made me so confused and a muddled mess of feels. It's a complicated thing. XD (hide spoiler)] - (view spoiler)[ PETER TURNED INTO HOOK. This is AMAZING and makes TOTAL SENSE, but I don't know if it makes me hate Hook/Ravello even more or less. GAH HELP. (hide spoiler)] - Also, points for the fun, whimsical narration and writing style. Such a delight to read. :D Low Lights - Um...I don't really have any? - There were a few gross parts, but...yeah, it wasn't a big deal at all. - So...NOTHING. Conclusion This was SO much fun, and I'm SO glad I re-read this book! Peter Pan was always a favorite of mine, and this book just makes his story a thousand times better. <3 If you love Peter Pan, pirates, or books, YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK. 5/5.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Life is too short to spend on bad books. Tim Curry tried his hardest to sell this to me, but I had to give up at 50%. This book is ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous. Instead of making a unique story with new characters it turns adults into children. It revives James Hook. It turns a lost boy into a girl just cause. It kills off Michael. There are SO many better ways they could have gone. If you're looking for a good sequel to Peter Pan, read Peter and the Starcatchers. That series captures the m Life is too short to spend on bad books. Tim Curry tried his hardest to sell this to me, but I had to give up at 50%. This book is ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous. Instead of making a unique story with new characters it turns adults into children. It revives James Hook. It turns a lost boy into a girl just cause. It kills off Michael. There are SO many better ways they could have gone. If you're looking for a good sequel to Peter Pan, read Peter and the Starcatchers. That series captures the magic of Peter Pan and Never land as it should exist.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Gail Gauthier

    "Here is just one of the juicie points I love about this book. A character in the book offers to serve Peter. "Your butler, perhaps! Your valet? Your serving man?" When asked what he should be called, he says, "My mother gave me the name Crichton, but like most things a mother gives, it is not worth the having." And he tells them to call him something else. Well, Barrie wrote a play, The Admirable Crichton, about a butler named Crichton who works for a wealthy family. He and his employers are all "Here is just one of the juicie points I love about this book. A character in the book offers to serve Peter. "Your butler, perhaps! Your valet? Your serving man?" When asked what he should be called, he says, "My mother gave me the name Crichton, but like most things a mother gives, it is not worth the having." And he tells them to call him something else. Well, Barrie wrote a play, The Admirable Crichton, about a butler named Crichton who works for a wealthy family. He and his employers are all shipwrecked on an island where he becomes their leader (a Peter Pan figure?) because he is the only person who knows anything of a practical nature that can keep them alive. The young women of the family are all over him. He is a force to be reckoned with. And then they are rescued, and the hierarchy of wealth and privilege over knowledge and skill is restored. This is the kind of detail I absolutely love. I love it even more because so few people (at least here in this country) will probably get it." Excerpt from Original Content. Peter Pan in Scarlet was a Cybils nominee in 2006.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    This is the ‘official sequel’ to Peter Pan and I was really looking forward to it. However, I found it rather lacking in excitement and (and I know this sounds odd, given that the original was fantasy) too far-fetched. It was very slow and I didn't think she'd captured the essence of the 'lost boys' at all. I loved Barrie's writing style and the humour in Peter Pan - this book didn't have much humour at all, although the opening line was funny so I thought it would be more amusing than it was. It This is the ‘official sequel’ to Peter Pan and I was really looking forward to it. However, I found it rather lacking in excitement and (and I know this sounds odd, given that the original was fantasy) too far-fetched. It was very slow and I didn't think she'd captured the essence of the 'lost boys' at all. I loved Barrie's writing style and the humour in Peter Pan - this book didn't have much humour at all, although the opening line was funny so I thought it would be more amusing than it was. It was darker than Peter Pan, and I don't have a problem with that, but it just wasn't as much fun as the original and it left me feeling a bit 'meh'! I've never read a 'sequel' written by a different author from the original book and after this, I'm not sure I ever will again.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Mandri

    This authorized sequel to Peter Pan is amazing!!! Our story picks up with the Lost Boys and The Darling children all grown up, and most with families of their own. They have to find a way back to Neverland because something is wrong. I loved, loved, loved the lost boys! I really enjoy knowing them better. I love how the author shows us more of the simplicity of childhood and the good we can do as grown ups. The raveling man is CREEPY. The Maze of Regrets had tears running down my face. This was m This authorized sequel to Peter Pan is amazing!!! Our story picks up with the Lost Boys and The Darling children all grown up, and most with families of their own. They have to find a way back to Neverland because something is wrong. I loved, loved, loved the lost boys! I really enjoy knowing them better. I love how the author shows us more of the simplicity of childhood and the good we can do as grown ups. The raveling man is CREEPY. The Maze of Regrets had tears running down my face. This was magical.

  15. 4 out of 5

    John Korniotakis

    This book gets a lot of hate for some reason... I don't know why... I really enjoyed this book and I can rightfully say that , after having read it, it is a proper sequel to the beloved story of our childhood...However this story is a bit darker than the original since the author tries to show how adults lose their inocence and imagination as they step into adulthood, and how corruption can affect a kind and gentle hero as Peter Pan... This book gets a lot of hate for some reason... I don't know why... I really enjoyed this book and I can rightfully say that , after having read it, it is a proper sequel to the beloved story of our childhood...However this story is a bit darker than the original since the author tries to show how adults lose their inocence and imagination as they step into adulthood, and how corruption can affect a kind and gentle hero as Peter Pan...

  16. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    To be honest, I was pretty bored for the first half of this, but the last half was quite good, especially the last few chapters or so :) Of course, I'm biased in favor of the original, but I did like how this author incorporated a similar style to Barrie's in her writing, as well as how she implemented various plot devices like the Great War in the background. (Speaking of which, MICHAEL. MY HEART.) To be honest, I was pretty bored for the first half of this, but the last half was quite good, especially the last few chapters or so :) Of course, I'm biased in favor of the original, but I did like how this author incorporated a similar style to Barrie's in her writing, as well as how she implemented various plot devices like the Great War in the background. (Speaking of which, MICHAEL. MY HEART.)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rose

    "Peter Pan in Scarlet" didn't appeal to me as much as I hoped, despite a nice narration done by Tim Curry in the audiobook version. The story takes quite some time building to a point of interest, unlike the original J.M. Barrie works. It seemed that many, including Peter Pan himself, acted distinctly out of character, save for perhaps the last third of the novel, which actually kept and held my attention all the way until the end. However, the buildup to that point took a long time, and while I "Peter Pan in Scarlet" didn't appeal to me as much as I hoped, despite a nice narration done by Tim Curry in the audiobook version. The story takes quite some time building to a point of interest, unlike the original J.M. Barrie works. It seemed that many, including Peter Pan himself, acted distinctly out of character, save for perhaps the last third of the novel, which actually kept and held my attention all the way until the end. However, the buildup to that point took a long time, and while I think McGaughrean is a decent writer, I don't think she captured the magic of the franchise and the characters compared to some Peter Pan adaptations I've seen or read. The premise of the story revolves around Wendy and the gang returning to Neverland after nightmares begin leaking out of the area. They have to don children's clothing (this seemed implausible to me) in order to return to their child like selves to return to Neverland, and see what was wrong with Peter. Neverland itself is in disarray, and many believe that Hook is dead after Peter made sure the Croc devoured him. But nothing is as it seems, and Peter's strange behavior has many of his old friends worried for him. The twist in the story was interesting, but it came at such a late point that it was hard to hold interest up until it happened. There were scenes that I really loved in the median between, such as the encounter with the fairies, but those scenes were far and too few to match to the alluring pull of the original stories. I think if you really love the charm J.M. Barrie's works, it may be wise to skip this story, because it may disappoint the dearest Peter Pan fans. I liked parts of it, but not enough to read the story more than once. Overall score: 2/5

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nina

    This book was a pretty big disappointment. As a big Peter Pan/JM Barrie fan, I don't believe that Geraldine McCaughrean truly undertsood the magic and the characters of the original Peter Pan. The idea of adults becoming young again by simply putting on their children's clothes was just ridiculous. Pretty much all the characters personalities were changed too. Peter would have never acted in the way that he did in this book. He was whiny and kind of a coward. I understand that Neverland had kind This book was a pretty big disappointment. As a big Peter Pan/JM Barrie fan, I don't believe that Geraldine McCaughrean truly undertsood the magic and the characters of the original Peter Pan. The idea of adults becoming young again by simply putting on their children's clothes was just ridiculous. Pretty much all the characters personalities were changed too. Peter would have never acted in the way that he did in this book. He was whiny and kind of a coward. I understand that Neverland had kind of lost its spirit and so therefore Peter was starting to lose his as well, but the Peter we all know and fell in love with in JM Barrie's novel just wasn't there at all. Not even a glimpse of him. The only part I can truly remember enjoying was when Peter banishes Wendy and she asks if she may be banished through "french windows". Now Wendy, always a lady, would certainly expect nothing less than a beautiful exit if she had to take one. She always did everything with dignity, class and confidence and that was demonstrated in this scene. The essential character of Wendy was shown a little here so that definitely made me smile. But otherwise, this whole book is almost frustrating to me that it was considered an official sequel to the original. I don't want it to be official that the story continued in this way. Almost kind of wish I didn't read it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    miaaa

    Interesting story. If you wish you can stay as a child forever, think about it again. Even children have their own problems. But that won't keep their rights in shadows, a right to possess imaginations and live it up. So Wendy and the Lost boys must return to Neverland, as something surely happened in the dreamland. Pan has changed alot, he is not himself. The Ravelling man is turned out to be their old foe. What an adventure. You can't just read it, you ought to enter the Neverland and hike thro Interesting story. If you wish you can stay as a child forever, think about it again. Even children have their own problems. But that won't keep their rights in shadows, a right to possess imaginations and live it up. So Wendy and the Lost boys must return to Neverland, as something surely happened in the dreamland. Pan has changed alot, he is not himself. The Ravelling man is turned out to be their old foe. What an adventure. You can't just read it, you ought to enter the Neverland and hike through the Neverpeak. You'll find your most precious treasures there. *** Wendy dan the Lost Boys harus kembali ke Neverland, sesuatu sedang terjadi. Si Anak Tunggal Pan berubah, dia bukan Pan yang dulu. Tuan Kusut dengan benang-benang wolnya ternyata musuh besar yang mereka anggap telah tewas di perut buaya. Petualangan yang seru. Membacanya tidak cukup, kau harus masuk ke dunia Peter Pan, ke Neverland dan mendaki Neverpeak. Untuk menemukan harta karun terhebat dalam hidupmu. Sama halnya dengan menjadi abadi, keinginan untuk menjadi anak-anak selamanya juga bagiku salah. Bahkan anak-anak pun punya masalah sendiri yang harus diselesaikan. Bukankah lebih menyenangkan tumbuh dewasa tapi tetap menyisakan ruang anak-anak di hati kita? Bagiku itu pasti.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Shelli

    Peter Pan in Scarlet is a tour de force of creative use of the English language; author Geraldine McCaughrean is masterful in painting vivid imagery to describe Neverland, using unfamiliar and even made-up words to invoke a sense of wonder in her conjured surroundings. For me, however, that's where the magic ended. Although to some degree consistent with the plot, Peter Pan was WAY out of character as I remember him, and was mostly an unsympathetic jerk throughout the story. Perhaps it was becau Peter Pan in Scarlet is a tour de force of creative use of the English language; author Geraldine McCaughrean is masterful in painting vivid imagery to describe Neverland, using unfamiliar and even made-up words to invoke a sense of wonder in her conjured surroundings. For me, however, that's where the magic ended. Although to some degree consistent with the plot, Peter Pan was WAY out of character as I remember him, and was mostly an unsympathetic jerk throughout the story. Perhaps it was because I had recently finished the entire Peter and the Starcatchers series, but overall the characterizations here were much weaker and one-dimensional by comparison. (I considered that maybe the reason was that Peter Pan in Scarlet was, perhaps, meant for a younger audience, but it prominently includes a rather menacing character, and enough references to / threats of death that I don't think it'd be a good choice for children under 8-10). The plot was well-crafted and entertaining though, and newly-introduced fairy Fireflyer was a fun addition. Peter Pan diehards will want to read this for completeness' sake, but I don't think it's a sure-fire win otherwise.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kate Willis

    I hesitate to write reviews of books I have not finished, because you never know if the book really does turn out to be amazing without finishing it. So please be sure to read some positive reviews as well! This is just my personal opinion of the book. (view spoiler)[This book was such a neat idea but ended up being really odd. Especially when the adult lost boys needed to go back to Neverland, they had to go possibly as their own children (?), and, since one boy only had daughters, he was femal I hesitate to write reviews of books I have not finished, because you never know if the book really does turn out to be amazing without finishing it. So please be sure to read some positive reviews as well! This is just my personal opinion of the book. (view spoiler)[This book was such a neat idea but ended up being really odd. Especially when the adult lost boys needed to go back to Neverland, they had to go possibly as their own children (?), and, since one boy only had daughters, he was female for the rest of the book which is a storyline I don't prefer to read. I also didn't like how the outcome of the book completely undid the storyline of the AMAZING first book. It just felt odd, too contrived, and not in keeping with the classic Peter Pan story. Another Peter Pan offshoot I would highly recommend, however, is the movie Pan. I found it to be a really neat prequel. ;) (hide spoiler)]

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    I wonder if it's just me or the magic of Peter Pan is lost when you grow up? I actually don't know what it was, that made me not fall in love with this book. Maybe it was due to the fact that this book was written by a different author and several decades later? Maybe it was due to the fact that I'm not really the target audience? Or maybe it was due to the fact that I picked it up at a slightly wrong time for me? Although, I found myself thinking that I quite enjoyed the story as a whole. I know I wonder if it's just me or the magic of Peter Pan is lost when you grow up? I actually don't know what it was, that made me not fall in love with this book. Maybe it was due to the fact that this book was written by a different author and several decades later? Maybe it was due to the fact that I'm not really the target audience? Or maybe it was due to the fact that I picked it up at a slightly wrong time for me? Although, I found myself thinking that I quite enjoyed the story as a whole. I know I'm not the main target group for this book and it may be one of the reasons I don't love it quite so, but I am quite certain that children will love it if they enjoyed the original as well. It had a touch of mystery, a touch of fantasy, a touch of the over-all be a good person kind of thing going on, some childish jokes going on, and a touch of childhood reminiscence as well...

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    Well, really, between 2 and 3 stars. I had such hope, at the beginning, because it was starting so well and dealt so neatly with the problems of getting the Darlings back, and I love the Lost Boys, who have real personalities here....and then, about halfway along I got bored and shocked that this opportunity to free Neverland from racism and sexism wasn't taken, and the mythology went catawumpus (even the mythology created just within this book itself) and bitter references to WWI were just drop Well, really, between 2 and 3 stars. I had such hope, at the beginning, because it was starting so well and dealt so neatly with the problems of getting the Darlings back, and I love the Lost Boys, who have real personalities here....and then, about halfway along I got bored and shocked that this opportunity to free Neverland from racism and sexism wasn't taken, and the mythology went catawumpus (even the mythology created just within this book itself) and bitter references to WWI were just dropped in and left without purpose, more like an idea that ought to have been left in an earlier draft...just read to the bit about How They Got There and then imagine the rest for yourself. McCaughrean is a fine author, but something happened here and made this all wrong and twisted and D U L L as it went on.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alexandria

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I can't think of a worse way to end Peter Pan. It wasn't even worth the 7 hours of time I spent reading it. The whole book was a whirlwind of poorly developed conflicts and mishaps until you get to right around the middle and the author attempts to write a terrible plot twist that most can expect from chapters back. It wasn't the fact that it was expected that made it bad. It was the fact that the details weren't thought out and it just shouldn't have been an idea in the first place. After that I can't think of a worse way to end Peter Pan. It wasn't even worth the 7 hours of time I spent reading it. The whole book was a whirlwind of poorly developed conflicts and mishaps until you get to right around the middle and the author attempts to write a terrible plot twist that most can expect from chapters back. It wasn't the fact that it was expected that made it bad. It was the fact that the details weren't thought out and it just shouldn't have been an idea in the first place. After that the book just got more and more episode ish. There wasn't a real plot line. Kind of like season 8 of doctor who in my opinion. But that's for another review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Magen

    I lost interest in this book as soon as it went from a story about how to stop Neverland from leaking out into the real world to a random quest everyone sort of does on their own. I should have stopped listening right then, but I was really hoping Tim Curry would save this book for being awful. Even his genius could not. The plot was just boring and incredibly predictable. I wish it had stayed on the original path of the old gang getting back together to fix Neverland. Oh well.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Belyea

    Now grown up but plagued by nightmares, Wendy and Join lead the Lost Boys back to Neverland, once again children and excited to join Peter, and the peculiar Ravello, on a treasure hunt - but their adults memories are fading, and Pan is acting strange, slowly splitting their gang apart as danger closes in. McCaughrean offers a handful of interesting concepts and little else in a story riddled with baffling plot points, weak characters, and abrupt tonal shifts. Will Wendy and her friends find the Now grown up but plagued by nightmares, Wendy and Join lead the Lost Boys back to Neverland, once again children and excited to join Peter, and the peculiar Ravello, on a treasure hunt - but their adults memories are fading, and Pan is acting strange, slowly splitting their gang apart as danger closes in. McCaughrean offers a handful of interesting concepts and little else in a story riddled with baffling plot points, weak characters, and abrupt tonal shifts. Will Wendy and her friends find the source of their nightmares, or will their fearless leader's vexing behaviour spell their doom?

  27. 4 out of 5

    sarah

    This was in some ways charming but in more ways a very disappointing reread.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Heckhale

    pretty dang sad but i loved it

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    Bethany and I read through this authorized sequel to Peter Pan. While we enjoyed the Dave Barry Pan series, it pales in comparison to this one. This one is full of creativity, silliness, and absolutely stunning use of language. The executors of the J.M. Barrie estate chose well. While this is an excellent sequel to Pan, let me warn you: This is not written in the same tenor as the original. While it certainly copies much of the off-the-wall silliness, this is a much, much darker book. It is not Bethany and I read through this authorized sequel to Peter Pan. While we enjoyed the Dave Barry Pan series, it pales in comparison to this one. This one is full of creativity, silliness, and absolutely stunning use of language. The executors of the J.M. Barrie estate chose well. While this is an excellent sequel to Pan, let me warn you: This is not written in the same tenor as the original. While it certainly copies much of the off-the-wall silliness, this is a much, much darker book. It is not gruesome, or age-inappropriate, but just a more sinister story that could be disturbing for some young readers. Still, if you like Pan, this is a must read.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ema-Lilly Dream

    I listened to this on audio book with my family. Overall, this book is pretty good. The reader is pretty good as well. That being said, considering this is an official sequel to the original Classic, I expected a little more. Maybe I've just forgotten how Peter Pan reads, but there were so many parts in this book that just made NO sense. Also, The reader was an older man with a really deep voice, so most of the voices sounded off. Almost all the characters are young, so hearing them as oldish so I listened to this on audio book with my family. Overall, this book is pretty good. The reader is pretty good as well. That being said, considering this is an official sequel to the original Classic, I expected a little more. Maybe I've just forgotten how Peter Pan reads, but there were so many parts in this book that just made NO sense. Also, The reader was an older man with a really deep voice, so most of the voices sounded off. Almost all the characters are young, so hearing them as oldish sounding people was really weird. Especially the female characters. It really was a pretty nice story, but It was just OK. Happy Reading!

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