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Geraldine McCaughrean , David Wyatt
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4 Oct 2007
Neverland is calling again...Something is wrong in Neverland. Dreams are leaking out - strangely real dreams, of pirates and mermaids, of war paint and crocodiles. For Wendy and the Lost Boys it is a clear signal - Peter Pan needs their help, and so it is time to do the unthinkable and fly to Neverland again. But back in Neverland, everything has changed-and the dangers they find there are far beyond their dreams...Specially commissioned by Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children as the winner of their competition to write the official sequel to J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan, Peter Pan in Scarlet is a thrilling adventure that you will never forget. Proceeds from every copy sold will go to benefit Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (4 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192726218
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192726216
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's 30 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 150 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 at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art now, studying to become 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 160 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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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new classic 23 Oct 2006
By ELH Browning VINE VOICE
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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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous! 27 Oct 2006
By kehs TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Journey Back to Neverland... 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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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Return of Pan's People 5 Nov 2006
By Mrs. T. Mannell VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I was looking forward to the sequel to Peter Pan, having enjoyed the book many many times from childhood into adulthood, and also loving anything "Pan".

I wasn't disappointed either. Geraldine does a fantastic job in getting the now grown children back to childhood and back to Neverland.

She's woven a mystical, magical storyline, bringing old characters back to life, and weaving the old with the new. Peter Pan has lost none of his childish arrogance, and Wendy none of her caring, mothering nature.

New elements have been cleverly interspersed with the older fabric of the original and I really enjoyed the book.

Good on you Geraldine, you had the courage to write the sequel, and you've pulled it off.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new classic 4 Dec 2007
By ELH Browning VINE VOICE
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Peter Pan in Scarlet-Illustrated Edition
The only problem I found with this is that it's an adapted version. It's a lot shorter that the original which I wasn't expecting. Read more
Published 5 months ago by fromanisland
3.0 out of 5 stars Peter Pan in Scarlet by Geraldine McCaughrean
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Peter Pan in Scarlet is the official "sequel" to J.M. Barrie's 1911 classic novel. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Miss Inga Page
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
Fantastic book for the transition between the level of children's books and teens. Peter Pan is back in a story which will have you pulled in to find out more about the plot with... Read more
Published 10 months ago by SknyWoolyGrl93
5.0 out of 5 stars I was surprised this was so good!
I've loved the original Peter Pan ever since it was first read to me as a bedtime story so it was with a real sense of trepidation that I picked this up. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Keith Mallard
5.0 out of 5 stars for the Grandchildren
the grand children aged 8and9 loved it..we read it as a follow up to Peter Pan a few chapters each night they were here They always have a bed time story THEN they read to... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Faith Fallon
4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't have been better.
This understandably could have been simply dreadful and I was thrilled to discover that it was ABSOULTELY BRILLIANT.
There is no other way this could have been done. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Polly
4.0 out of 5 stars ten times better than the old version of the peter pan novel, with the...
this peter pan novel is ten times better than the old version of the peter pan novel with the reworte and redone the whole story of peter pan
Published on 1 Jan 2012 by book 2
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure magic
One of the best books I've read over the last few months (or even years), I can't sing its praises high enough. Read more
Published on 15 July 2010 by Petra Bryce
4.0 out of 5 stars Flashes of brilliance - a gorgeous confection
The tone is lovely - a great balancing act between reverence for the original and its time and catering for the sensibilities of modern audiences. Read more
Published on 2 Dec 2009 by Silver Moon Sailor
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheaper than seperately!
Beautiful artwork by david wyatt and set out in a lovely classic way, i bought this because it's cheaper than buying them seperately and you get a cute box to keep them in :)
Published on 16 Aug 2009 by Kelly
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