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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (4 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192726218
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192726216
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's 35 years now since I first got published, and 50 since I found out how writing let me step outside my little, everyday world and go wherever I chose - way back in Time, to far distant shores, towards my own, home-made happy ending. Not that all my books are an easy ride. I write adventure, first and foremost, because that's what I enjoyed reading as a child. But since I have published over 160 books now, there are all manner of books in among that number - gorgeously illustrated picture books, easy readers, prize winners, teenage books and five adult novels.
The White Darkness won the Printz Award in the USA, which, for as Englishwoman, was the most amazing, startling thrill.
Then there was Peter Pan in Scarlet - official sequel to J M Barrie's Peter Pan, written on behalf of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children. I won the chance to write that in a worldwide competition, and because Peter Pan is loved everywhere, my book sold worldwide too. I can't say I expected that when, as a child, I dreamed of being like my older brother and getting a book published one day.
These days I have a husband (good at continuity and spelling) and a daughter who is an excellent editor. But she's an actor. So, naturally, I have turned my hand to writing plays. (So many actors, so few plays!)
My Mum told me, "Never boil your cabbages twice, dear," which was her way of saying, "Don't repeat yourself." So I have tried never to write the same book twice. You'll find all my novels quite different from one another. The only way you can find out which ones you like and which you don't is to read them, I'm afraid.
I have also done lots of retellings of myth, legend, folk and fairy tales, and adapted indigestible classics such as El Cid, the Epic of Gilgamesh, The Odyssey, Moby Dick, Shakespeare and the Pilgrim's Progress.
Something for everyone, you see, my dear young, not-so-young, eccentric, middle-of-the-road, poetical, sad, cheerful, timid or reckless reader.
All they have in common is that they all contain words. If you are allergic to words, you'd best not open the covers.

Geraldine McCaughrean has written 167 books and plays for both adults and children. The books include Peter Pan in Scarlet, one of the most talked about and successful children's titles of 2006.

Geraldine McCaughrean has won the Carnegie Medal, the Whitbread Children's Book Award (three times), the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Smarties Bronze Award (four times), the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award and the Blue Peter Special Book to Keep Forever Award. She has also had more titles short-listed (six, including one winner and one Highly Commended) for the Carnegie Medal, than any other author, the latest being The Death Defying Pepper Roux.

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It's about adventure and bravery and cowardice and aching poignancy - and in this book McCaughrean has captured the lot. (THE DAILY EXPRESS)

The official sequel to Peter Pan needs to be an exceptional book, and that's exactly what we have in Peter Pan in Scarlet... What McCaughrean has done is nothing short of miraculous. It's enough to make you believe in fairies. (PHILIP ARDAGH, THE GUARDIAN)

a spectacularly impressive work (THE RADIO TIMES)

it's hard to see how she could have done it better. (THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY)

By some mysterious process of osmosis, she has brilliantly mixed Barrie's preoccupations with her own, aping his engaging style but also adding to it; the result is a little masterpiece. (CRAIG BROWN, THE MAIL ON SUNDAY)

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Now in paperback, the best-selling official sequel to J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By ELH Browning VINE VOICE on 23 Oct 2006
Format: Hardcover
Having read and re-read the original many times as a child, I was thrilled to hear of the imminent release of an officially-sanctioned sequel assuming it wouldn't be allowed if it wasn't good. I know little of Geraldine McCaughrean's writing having read only one of her other books so far (Stop the Train - which is truly fantastic), though I know her outstanding reputation so I expected a great read. And yes, I got it.

The classic Peter Pan tale includes a full compliment of childhood imagery (mermaids, pirates and red indians) and would be a hard job to follow so I had wondered what new elements could be brought in to make this sequel original in its own right. The Lost Boys and Wendy and John are now grown-up and have families of their own, yet all are aware through too-vivid dreams of deeply-disturbing alterations to Neverland, and so they decide they must return to see what they can do to set it right for Peter and their own sakes. There's a theme running through of how wearing another person's clothes helps you be that person, and this adventure begins with the grown-ups squeezing themselves into the clothes of their children to regress to their own childhoods to enable them to return to Neverland. With Peter Pan at the helm, they become explorers following an old Treasure map of Captain Hook's to the top of Neverpeak Mountain. There's intrigue and danger along the way intertwined with the mysterious Ravello with his travelling circus animals. There's also plenty of action with fighting factions of fairies, a maze of witches, roaming men who were once lost-boys but lost their way in Neverland, and a battle across sinking sand.

The book is beautifully packaged in vivid red with evocative and striking silhouettes at the start of each chapter.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Martin Horsey on 23 Oct 2006
Format: Hardcover
Everybody around the world will be familiar with Peter Pan, Wendy, Captain Hook and their dream-like habitat, Neverland. The book 'Peter Pan' is timeless and always, always enchanting, however many times you read it. The masterpiece, written by J.M.Barrie during his stay in Great Ormond Street Hospital, never fails to thrill and delight children and adults alike. A lot of you may think that the novel is magical on its own, and that a sequel, written by another author many years later, sounds stupid and unecessary. Therefore I would not be surprised if many readers give this new book, 'Peter Pan in Scarlet', a miss.

The book begins very well, with the Darlings (Wendy, John and the adopted Lost Boys) finding that dreams, very real dreams, are leaking out of Neverland. They have a feeling that something is wrong in Neverland, so decide to venture back to the place of everlasting childhood. But how can they try to fly back to Neverland, when they are no longer adults, but have children of their own? I will leave you to find out...

Although I feel the story rambles a little during the middle, the ending is luxuriously concocted in a way which I feel Barrie would be proud of. Remember, when buying this book, proceeds are going to Great Ormond Street Hospital - a worthy cause of a worthy book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ELH Browning VINE VOICE on 4 Dec 2007
Format: Paperback
Having read and re-read the original many times as a child, I was thrilled to hear of the imminent release of an officially-sanctioned sequel assuming it wouldn't be allowed if it wasn't good. I know little of Geraldine McCaughrean's writing having read only one of her other books so far (Stop the Train - which is truly fantastic), though I know her outstanding reputation so I expected a great read. And yes, I got it.
The classic Peter Pan tale includes a full compliment of childhood imagery (mermaids, pirates and red indians) and would be a hard job to follow so I had wondered what new elements could be brought in to make this sequel original in its own right. The Lost Boys and Wendy and John are now grown-up and have families of their own, yet all are aware through too-vivid dreams of deeply-disturbing alterations to Neverland, and so they decide they must return to see what they can do to set it right for Peter and their own sakes. There's a theme running through of how wearing another person's clothes helps you be that person, and this adventure begins with the grown-ups squeezing themselves into the clothes of their children to regress to their own childhoods to enable them to return to Neverland. With Peter Pan at the helm, they become explorers following an old Treasure map of Captain Hook's to the top of Neverpeak Mountain. There's intrigue and danger along the way intertwined with the mysterious Ravello with his travelling circus animals. There's also plenty of action with fighting factions of fairies, a maze of witches, roaming men who were once lost-boys but lost their way in Neverland, and a battle across sinking sand.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By kehs TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 Oct 2006
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I wasn't sure if I would enjoy this, after all, how could anyone compare to the wonderful J M Barrie? However, McCaughrean really pulled out all the stops and did a marvelous job with this sequel. She found a nifty way of getting the original characters back to Neverland and introduces some wonderful new faces too. The story still has some dark moments, but much less violence than the original, and some marvelous twists as well - like the changes that befall Tootle! All in all, this was a very pleasant surprise and one that I enjoyed immensely.
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