Peter Pan in Scarlet by Geraldine McCaughrean (review)

March 12, 2015 All Reviews, Fantasy, YA 2 ★★★★★

Peter Pan in Scarlet by Geraldine McCaughrean (review)Peter Pan in Scarlet by Geraldine McCaughrean
Published by Simon and Schuster on October 5th, 2006
Number of Pages: 320
Genres: Adventure, Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Middle Grade
Source: Gift
Format: Hardcover
Purchase: At Amazon

Set in the 1930's, when the devastating effects of World War I are still resonating throughout the world, Peter Pan In Scarlet sends readers soaring into a landscape of magic and adventure, on an unforgettable journey fraught with danger. All is not well. Nightmares are leaking out of Neverland as it chafes against the Here and Now, wearing holes in the fabric in between. Somehow Time is moving on where Time was never meant to. Fearing for Peter's life, Wendy and the Lost Boys go back to Neverland -- with the help of the fairy Fireflyer -- only to discover adventure waiting in ambush and their worst nightmares being true!

I have loved the Peter Pan mythos ever since I was a little girl. I have a great many copies of the original book, all of which are just slightly different. So when I saw that this book is the first authorized sequel, I had to read it.

I think it did a pretty good job of staying true to the voice of J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. And it still had unique twists of it’s own. I loved that the adult Lost Boys were able to become children and travel to Neverland again by putting on the clothes of their own children. The part where they all tried to chase down a fairy in Kensington Gardens was funny, and I could totally picture it in my head.

The illustrations were neat as well. They were solid black, like shadows, and each chapter had it’s own. There were a few others scattered through the book as well.

Tinker Bell didn’t show up until nearly the end of the book, and she barely had a part at all. Which was one of the only things I didn’t much care for. Instead we have a new fairy named Fireflyer, a boy fairy that helps them return to Neverland.

Neverland is a bit darker than we’ve seen it before, but it all fits once you know all the pieces as to why. The Raveling Man is a better choice for Peter’s foe than the description on the book jacket makes him out to be. And we even get to know a little bit more about Hook himself.

If you love Peter Pan, you need to read this book.


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2 Responses to “Peter Pan in Scarlet by Geraldine McCaughrean (review)”

  1. Lola

    I don’t read a lot of fairytale retellings, if any, as it’s not really my genre, but this sounds like a fun combination a historical peter Pan story. From most fairytales I’ve only seen the Disney version. The illustrations are one of the things I like about MG books, just like when I was a kid, I love seeing the illustrations. Great review!
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    • SilvaraWilde

      I like retellings if they’re done well. This one isn’t so much as a retelling, as a continuation of the story after Wendy and the Boys have gone home and grown up. We sort of get to see what happens to Wendy in the original book, how she has a daughter and all. But this one shows you what happens if they ever decided to go back to Neverland after they grew up. It was fun!

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