Blast from the Past: Peter Pan in Scarlet

Peter Pan in Scarlet by Geraldine McCaughrean
12/2-9/2006–310 pages–fiction
Purchased December 2, 2006 from Waldenbooks

I was a bit skeptical about this book at first. I wasn’t sure how well another author sequel would be, to one of my favorite stories of all time. But I definitely loved this adventure. I think McCaughrean really captured the essence of the characters and especially Peter. Selfish Peter could hardly have been better portrayed. I liked Fireflyer as a new fairy and was happy Tinker Bell was back at the end. I loved the description of abstract concepts/ideas as tangible things, things Fireflyer could eat if he wanted to. Like the music as notes from Slightly’s clarinet. It’s good the ending is left open because it’d be cool for McCaughrean write about Peter finally destroying Hook for good since we know he’s still alive now. I don’t really want Peter to find his mother and return to London because he’d grow up. There needs to be youth and joy but no one could replace Peter ever (unlike the movie Hook).

Question: If the Lost Boys were lost when they were, like, a year old, how’d they age to 8/9 (like I imagine)? They clearly don’t remain the age at which they were lost, but time in Neverland is supposed to stand till…hmmm

“‘Cos that’s what treasure is, isn’t it? The thing you want most of all in the whole world to keep and have for your own?'” (Slightly, p133)


Blast from the Past is a weekly post I write that focuses on a book I read long before I ever had a blog about books. While I didn’t “book blog” until a couple of years ago, I’ve kept a reading journal of sorts for about 6 years. Blast from the Past is essentially just my way of digitalizing my old book journals–and reminding me what I thought of books long since read. I think it will be a fun way to look at how my reading selections have changed and what I like most in the books I read.


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