Sixteen-year-old Wendy Darling and her insecure freshman brother, John, are hitting the books at the Marlowe School. But one tome consumes their attention: THE BOOK OF GATES, a coveted Egyptian artifact that their professor father believes has magical powers. Soon Wendy and John discover that the legend is real—when they recite from its pages and descend into a snaking realm beneath the Manhattan school. As the hallways darken, and dead moths cake the floor, a charismatic new R.A. named Peter reveals that their actions have unleashed a terrible consequence: the underworld and all its evil is now seeping into Marlowe. Daniel Nayeri and Dina Nayeri return to reimagine Peter Pan as a twisty, atmospheric, and fast-paced fantasy about the perils of immortality.
About the Author
Daniel Nayeri has held many book-related jobs, including editor, literary agent, and children’s librarian. He is also a professional pastry chef and award-winning stuntman. His sister, Dina Nayeri, is a former teaching fellow in economics who holds both an MBA and a master’s of education from Harvard University. Both were born in Iran and now live in New York City and Amsterdam, respectively.
- Reading level: Young Adult
- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Candlewick (October 26, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0763637122
- ISBN-13: 978-0763637125
SOURCE: Around the World ARC Tours
This is what you get when you mix Peter Pan with Secret Society by Tom Dolby . I always enjoy when popular stories are updated and this one didn’t disappoint. This is the second in the Another Series (Marlowe School for me), but you don’t need to read Another Faust to feel comfortable with this one. Peter is indeed updated to the 21st century to lead a secret gang termed the LB – lost boys. The Egyptian curse added a lot to the typical Peter Pan story.
The authors did a great job of creating chemistry between Peter and Wendy, which is what the original story first hinted about. I also enjoyed the texting of “happy thoughts” by the lost boys as a way of modernizing that bit of the tale as well. Overall, a good read.