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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Age Range: 9 - 11 years
  • 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 194,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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