By Daniel & Dina Nayeri, Candlewick Press, $16.99, 393 pages
Professor Darling is a first year teacher at Marlowe School. His children Wendy, the social-climber, and John, the boy genius, both attend the school and find it equally lacking. When they stumble upon the BOOK OF GATES, the children, along with the new advisor Peter, find themselves in the world of Peter Pan.
Another Pan is a character-driven book, from the youth-seeking Peter to the all-too-familiar Lost Boys. I think the only character that lacked for me was Wendy’s brother John, who seemed too sullen and lacked any enthusiasm – though it hardly takes away from the story. One of my favorite things about this book is the chemistry between Wendy and Peter. It was spot on.
Although a little slow at first, the book is full of action, strong description, and an original take on Egyptian mythology. Although this book is the second in a series, it can be read as a stand-alone. I’d recommend this book to YA fans of all ages, as well as fans of the classic tale of Peter Pan.
Reviewed by Missy Wadkins