Peter and the Shadow Thieves (Peter and the Starcatchers)
Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson
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In this riveting and adventure-packed follow-up to Peter and the Starcatchers, we discover Peter leaving the relative safety of Mollusk Island-along with his trusted companion Tinker Bell-for the cold, damp streets of London. On a difficult journey across the sea, he and Tink discover the dark and deadly, slithering part-man/part-creature Lord Ombra. It seems that the dreaded Ombra has a variety of mysterious powers including the ability to make shadows disappear. When Peter reaches London, he sets out to find the indomitable Molly. Together they must combat Ombra's terrible forces to both protect the Starcatchers and the treasured starstuff and most importantly to rescue Molly's mother from the clutches of evil. Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson have done it again-written a compulsively readable, impossible-to-put-down tale that will delight readers of all ages.
your little quest, Molly, not to mention risking being eaten by wolves. I think I’m entitled to some sort of explanation.” Molly sighed. “All right,” she said. “Molly—” Peter warned. “No,” said Molly. “George is right. He’s been a loyal friend, and without him we’d never have gotten this far. He’s put his life at risk for me. I owe him the truth.” She looked out the window. “And I don’t much care about Father’s precious secrets now anyway,” she added bitterly. Peter shook his head, but said
holding it there for a few seconds, then fluttered into the air and was gone. Ombra moved close—uncomfortably close—to Nerezza and Slank. He spoke in a low, barely audible groan: “A man in a gold suit—I assume it is Aster—is carrying a trunk toward the center of the circle.” “Do we take him?” whispered Nerezza. “We move in,” said Ombra. “But carefully. If he sees us, or hears us, he has the power to destroy us in an instant.” Nerezza and Slank exchanged glances: was there a hint—just a
missing him by perhaps an inch—and swooped down to James, who still stood exactly where Hook had released him, frozen in fright. Not daring even to land—for Hook had whirled and was charging back toward them—Peter took James by his shoulders and, to James’s utter shock, shoved him into the spring. “HOLD YOUR BREATH, JAMES,” he shouted, and spun to see Hook and two of his pirate crew coming for him. Peter, leaping up, felt Hook’s hand on his leg—his real leg, this time—but just as the grip was
both of them feeling quite unhappy, neither of them sure why. Jenna showed George to the door, and Molly went upstairs to her room, which was on the third floor at the front of the house, with a window looking out on the boulevard. Molly sat in the window seat and watched George trudge away, not looking back. He passed a larger person coming up the sidewalk toward the Aster house. Molly saw that it was a bobby—a Metropolitan police officer—wearing the blue uniform and distinctive domed helmet.
Hand over hand, Nerezza climbed. He was careful with his feet: where most of his crew went barefoot, he wore a fine pair of black leather boots, polished with whale oil for waterproofing, but ill-suited to climbing rope. Steady now, he thought, glancing at the deck far below and the curious faces of the crew. Normally he’d have ordered them back to work, but he wanted them to see this. Wanted to make a point about who ran this ship, and what would not be tolerated. He switched to another rope,