Book Connections

LIS 403 / November 18, 2015 / Kristy Sorensen

The Literary "Center Piece"

Many people are familiar with Disney’s version of Peter Pan, a story about a flying boy who outsmarts the notorious evil Captain Hook, fearlessly leads the Lost Boys, and has countless adventures in a magical place called Neverland. It is not unusual for those who cherish this story to have countless questions about Peter Pan. If you want to know why Captain Hook despises Peter Pan, who the Lost Boys are, how Peter Pan can fly, and his connection with the Darling family, Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson is the book you are looking for! This story unveils the beginning of Peter Pan - before he met Captain Hook and the Darling family, before he knew Neverland existed, and before he knew how to fly.
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What to Expect

The Tags

I have chosen five tags to help connect this book with other books that readers may find equally as engaging. Under each tag is a list of five books. The first tag is Peter Pan which includes all books related to Peter Pan, from the classic story to the continuing adventures in Neverland. The second tag is Fairies. For the readers who were mesmerized by fairies, this category will lead you to additional series that focus on those type of magical creatures. The third tag is Fairy Tales Expanded. Peter and the Starcatchers give readers an expanded understanding of a classic tale and there are more stories that expand other well-known fairy tales. The fourth tag is Fantasy Adventure for those who enjoy fantasy adventures, whether they take place during medieval times or traveling from place to place. The last tag is Modern Day Fairy Tales which focus on modern day characters who fall into the world of fairy tales.


The Activities

Following the tags and suggested books, readers will find a brief list of activities designed specifically for kids and activities designed specifically for adults.


The Bibliography

Following the activities is a list of sources used to create this resource. This is a great guide in case you would like additional information.

~ Peter Pan ~

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
For those who loved Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson and are interested in reading more about Peter Pan, this is the perfect book to grab next! Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie is the original story of Peter Pan. Sometimes referred to as the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up or Peter and Wendy, readers will enjoy the work of a playwright with his original descriptions and intentions before the story was adapted by Disney.

Peter Pan in Scarlet by Geraldine McCaughrean
For those who loved Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson and are interested in reading more about Peter Pan, this is the perfect book to grab next! Peter Pan in Scarlet by Geraldine McCaughrean is a story written as a sequel to J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. The story takes place after World War I. The Lost Boys are no longer boys and Neverland dreams are disturbing their sleep. They decide they need to return to Neverland to make sure everything is fine, but when they arrive, they lose sight of their mission and once again join Peter in his wild adventures.
Escape from the Carnivale (Never Land #1) by Dave Barry
For those who loved Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson and are interested in reading more about Peter Pan, this is the perfect book to grab next! As the first book of the Neverland series, this story focuses on the princess of the Mollusk tribe, Little Scallop. One would think she would be happy (considering her position in the tribe), but she yearns for greater adventure. On the night she sneaks off to go pearl diving, she finds herself caught in a ferocious storm and in the pathway of a ship, filled with men who want nothing more than to capture a mermaid.
Hook’s Revenge (Hook’s Revenge #1) by Heidi Schulz
For those who loved Peter Pan and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson and are interested in reading more about Peter Pan, this is the perfect book to grab next! As the first book of the Hook’s Revenge series, this book focuses on Jocelyn, the 12-year-old daughter of Captain Hook. Although Jocelyn is unenthusiastically sent to Finishing School for Young Ladies, she is determined to follow in the notorious footsteps of her father. When an opportunity presents itself for Jocelyn to avenge the death of her father, she wastes no time. Join Jocelyn as she tries to navigate the waters of Neverland as a pirate in search of the beastly crocodile, while trying to ignore the pesky Pan.
Captain Hook: The Adventures of a Notorious Youth by J.V. Hart
For those who loved Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson and are interested in reading more about Peter Pan, this is the perfect book to grab next! Readers are introduced to James Matthew who goes by the name of King Jas. King Jas stands out among his classmates at Eton and is determined to become the most famous underclassman at his school (and perhaps in all of history). King Jas sets sail on a mysterious adventure which brings him to Neverland, an island that is unlike any other.

~ Fairies ~

In a Blink (Disney Fairies: The Never Girls #1) by Kiki Thorpe
For those who loved Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson and are interested in reading books with fairies, this is the perfect book to grab next! In a Blink by Kiki Thorpe is the first book in the Never Girl series. This story takes readers back to Neverland. Readers have heard about the Lost Boys, but in this series, they will be introduced to the Lost Girls (Kate, Mia, Lainey, and Gabby) and watch as they try to find their way back home.
The Trouble with Tink (Tales of Pixie Hollow #1) by Kiki Thorpe
For those who loved Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson and are interested in reading books with fairies, this is the perfect book to grab next! The Trouble with Tink by Kiki Thorpe is the first book in the Tales of Pixie Hollow series. This story takes the reader inside Tinker Bell’s world. There is no one like Tink when it comes to fixing pans and pots, but when she loses her hammer, will her skill disappear too? Join Tink as she musters up the necessary courage to move forward in such a dilemma.
Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg (Disney Fairies #1) by Gail Carson Levine
For those who loved Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson and are interested in reading books with fairies, this is the perfect book to grab next! Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg by Gail Carson Levine is the first book in the Disney Fairies series. Disaster hits the island of Neverland when a hurricane comes and destroys the magical egg that keeps the island forever young. The most important creature on the island, Mother Dove, chooses three fairies to save the island from such a dire situation. Can these three fairies, including the talent-less Prilla, save the doomed fate of Neverland?
Ruby the Red Fairy (Rainbow Magic #1) by Daisy Meadows
For those who loved Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson and are interested in reading books with fairies, this is the perfect book to grab next! Ruby the Red Fairy by Daisy Meadows is the first book in the Rainbow Magic book series. Although this fairy adventure does not take place on Neverland, readers are introduced to seven loving and colorful sister fairies. Together their colors make up the rainbow, but when they are sent away by the evil Jack Frost, their colors may dull to gray forever! Can these rainbow sisters find each other before it’s too late?
Chocolate Dreams (Candy Fairies #1) by Helen Perelman
For those who loved Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson and are interested in reading books with fairies, this is the perfect book to grab next! Chocolate Dreams by Helen Perelman is the first book in the Candy Fairies book series. We’ve heard of Neverland fairies and rainbow fairies, but have you heard about candy fairies? Cocoa lives up to her name. This chocolate fairy is unfairly blamed for the disappearance of chocolate eggs. Join Cocoa as she looks for the missing chocolate eggs and find the true culprit behind their disappearance.

~ Fairy Tales Expanded ~

A Hero’s Guide to Saving the Kingdom (The League of Princes #1) by Christopher Healy

For those who loved Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson and are interested in reading more in depth about the beloved classic tales, this is the perfect book to grab next! A Hero’s Guide to Saving the Kingdom by Christopher Healy is the first book in The League of Princes series. The credit to saving Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Cinderella, and Rapunzel always goes to this “Prince Charming” character, but the real princes who saved these women have names. Join Prince Liam, Prince Duncan, Prince Gustav, and Prince Frederic as they join forces to save their kingdoms from an evil plot. Perhaps one day they will gain the recognition they deserve.

A Tale Dark & Grimm (A Tale Dark & Grimm #1) by Adam Gidwitz

For those who loved Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson and are interested in reading more in depth about the beloved classic tales, this is the perfect book to grab next! A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz is the first book in the Tale Dark & Grimm series. Hansel and Gretel somehow step out of their own story and walk into the story of others. Join these two as they adventure in the stories of eight other stories written by the Grimm brothers.

Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel (Tyme #1) by Megan Morrison

For those who loved Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson and are interested in reading more in depth about the beloved classic tales, this is the perfect book to grab next! Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel by Megan Morrison is the first book in the Tyme series. Those who love the tale of Rapunzel need to read this story which gives readers a glimpse of the perfect life Rapunzel had inside her magical tower. All of its ease and beauty disappears when an intruder named Jack not only causes her to question everything she has ever known, but to also make her extremely furious with him.

Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff

For those who loved Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson and are interested in reading more in depth about the beloved classic tales, this is the perfect book to grab next! Rumpelstiltskin is an individual book written by Liesl Shurtliff. Rather than telling what happens to Rumplestiltskin’s life after he tries to steal the queen’s baby, Shurliff explains to readers how Rumplestiltskin became the little schemer he is known to be. It all begins with the name of Rump and his discovery of a spinning wheel.

The Isle of the Lost (Descendants #1) by Melissa de la Cruz

For those who loved Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson and are interested in reading more in depth about the beloved classic tales, this is the perfect book to grab next! The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz is the first book in the Descendants series. This series focuses on the lives of the evil villains and their descendants. Twenty years ago, these individuals were banished to an island that is guarded by a magical force. This magical force keeps them on the island and keeps the world safe. Unfortunately, there is one way to escape and the question is not whether or not this route will be discovered, but which villain will discover it.

~ Fantasy Adventure ~

Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of Lioness #1) by Tamora Pierce

This book is for those who loved Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson and are interested in reading more fantasy adventures. In Alanna by Tamora Pierce, Alanna and her twin brother, Thom, have a decision to make. They can deny the desires of their heart and submit to the traditional expectations of their father or they can fight for what they are passionate about. Alanna has always excelled in survival and competing with the sword while Thom has always had an interest in magic. When they reach the appropriate age to be sent away to school, Alanna and Thom switch places; Alanna goes to school as a page and Thom goes to sorcery school. Will these teens be able to keep up the charade and fool everyone?

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia #1) by C.S. Lewis

This book is for those who loved Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson and are interested in reading more fantasy adventures. In The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, four siblings discover a secret world. On the outside, the wardrobe looks like any other wardrobe, but as they enter, they discover it leads them to the land of Narnia. Join Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy as they venture to a place where the White Witch reigns - or so she thinks!

Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl #1) by Eoin Colfer

This book is for those who loved Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson and are interested in reading more fantasy adventures. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer is about a twelve year old boy who is nothing short of a genius and criminal mastermind. Artemis may be in over his head when he decides to kidnap Captain Holly Short, a fairy soldier that no one should mess with.

The Castle in the Attic (The Castle in the Attic #1) by Elizabeth Winthrop

This book is for those who loved Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson and are interested in reading more fantasy adventures. The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop is about an adventure every child dreams to embark on. William receives the gift of an old castle and with it comes the Silver Knight. When he holds the Silver Knight, he comes alive and tells William of the amazing adventures and quests he has been on. Before William realizes it, he is soon in the world of the magical castle fighting his own adventures and quests like the Silver Knight.

Inkheart (Inkworld #1) by Cornelia Funke

This book is for those who loved Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson and are interested in reading more fantasy adventures. In Inkheart, by Cornelia Funke, Maggie learns that her father can read fictional characters from books and bring them to life. As incredible as that sounds, Maggie and her father are kidnapped by one of the characters and brings them into his world. It is a story within a story, but in which story will Maggie and her father remain?

~ Modern Day Tales ~

The Wishing Spell (The Land of Stories #1) by Chris Colfer

For those who loved Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson and are interested in reading modern day fairy tales, this is the perfect book to grab next! In The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer, readers will meet twins Alex and Connor Bailey. These brothers are able to leave the world they know through a fairy tale book called The Wishing Spell and enter a magical foreign world that is home for the fairy tale characters they remember reading about when they were younger. With only one way to get back to their world, Alex and Connor must embark on a quest to find the eight necessary items to activate the portal.

The Fairy Tale Detectives (Sisters Grimm #1) by Michael Buckley

For those who loved Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson and are interested in reading modern day fairy tales, this is the perfect book to grab next! With their parents disappearing more than a year ago and after bouncing from house to house, Sabrina and Daphne Grimm finally enter the house of Relda Grimm, a woman who claims to be their paternal grandmother. Not knowing who they could trust or what to believe, the sisters slowly learn about their famous Grimm lineage and the powers it holds. Readers will enjoy trying to figure out the true fairy tale identity of each character in this light-hearted tale of The Fairy Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley.

Midnight for Charlie Bone (Children of the Red King #1) by Jenny Nimmo

For those who loved Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson and are interested in reading modern day fairy tales, this is the perfect book to grab next! In Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo, Charlie is an ordinary boy who suddenly discovers a not so ordinary gift. When most kids would do anything to have the power to fly, teleport, or read minds, Charlie is given the gift of hearing photographs speak. Although it may not be very glamorous at first, Charlie is able to learn more than one can imagine just by listening to the seconds that surrounds each photograph as it was being shot by a camera.

The Field Guide (The Spiderwick Chronicles #1) by Holly Black

For those who loved Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson and are interested in reading modern day fairy tales, this is the perfect book to grab next! In The Field Guide by Holly Black, Mallory, Jared, and Simon Grace discover a secret library in their new home by climbing in the creaky dumbwaiter. Jared finds a book called Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You and reads about the "existence" of some peculiar creatures. One day, a thimbletack, one of the creatures described in the book, appears. Perhaps the book is not as crazy as the three siblings originally thought...

Disney After Dark (Kingdom Keepers #1) by Ridley Pearson

For those who loved Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson and are interested in reading modern day fairy tales, this is the perfect book to grab next! In Disney After Dark by Ridley Pearson, five teenagers including Finn Whitman are hired to work at the most magical place in the world: Disney World. Their positions include being transformed into a hologram tour guide and giving tours to excited guests. It is not long before everything turns into a nightmare and these five teenagers witness a group of Disney villains begin to lead an uprising.

~ Activities for Kids ~

Paper Activities

Peter Pan Coloring Pages


Cultural Arts

Did you know that Peter and the Starcatcher has been turned into a play? After reading the book and with an adult's help, attending the theatrical performance would be a cultural experience unlike any other.

Movie Comparison

There are a number of movies depicting the story of Peter Pan. Below are a list of a few. Watch and compare the similarities and differences between the movies as well as the literature.


- Peter Pan (1953)

- Hook (1991)

- Peter Pan (2003)

- Finding Neverland (2004)

- Pan (2015)


A Forgotten Tale

Many authors have taken creative liberty in their perception of fairy tales. With the variety of stories that exist in the world, sometimes we can forget the original story the world initially fell in love with. Take this opportunity to read the original fairy tale stories of Rumpelstiltskin, Cinderella, Peter Pan, etc.

~ Activities for Adults ~

Paper Activities

- Fractured Fairy Tales: Click on this link in order to write their own fractured fairy tale!

- Have students write from a minor character's perspective (like one of the Lost Boys!)

- Have students read original fairy tales with a modern day version of it and complete a compare/contrast Venn diagram between the two stories


Peter Pan Crafts

- Peter Pan Hat

- Peter Pan Collar

- No-Sew Teepee

- Tinkerbell's Pixie Dust

- Captain Hook's Hook


Peter Pan Games

- Captain Hook Ring Toss

- Walk the Plank

~ Bibliography ~

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