Peter Pan In Scarlet (Illustrated Edition) by Geraldine McCaughrean
  

Peter Pan In Scarlet (Illustrated Edition)

Written by Geraldine McCaughrean

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This is a lush, illustrated gift edition of Geraldine McCaughrean’s official sequel to Peter Pan that was such a huge bestseller when it first came out in both hardback and paperback. The text in this special edition has been specially adapted for younger readers and has astonishing full-colour art throughout by the incredibly talented David Wyatt. It’s a thrilling adventure and one that no child should miss out on in childhood. Published with the full support of Great Ormond Street Hospital and every copy sold benefits them. Peter Pan in Scarlet is also available in non-illustrated versions in both paperback and in hardback. The companion edition of Peter Pan is also available in both paperback and hardback.

A message from Geraldine McCaughrean:

'David's artwork never fails to astonish me. he is such a perfectionist, and yet his imagination is over brimming with original fantastical ideas. he doesn't just draw what the words say: he always brings to the page some joke, some idea, some surprise that is all his own.'

A message from Great ormond Street Hospital:

'We are delighted that J M Barrie's characters and Geraldine McCaughrean's words have been captured so imaginatively in David Wyatt's illustrations and that this edition will continue Barrie's literary legacy that will help patients in the future.'

Synopsis

Peter Pan In Scarlet (Illustrated Edition) by Geraldine McCaughrean

Neverland is calling again, something is wrong in Neverland. Dreams are leaking out-strangely real dreams, of pirates and mermaids, of warpaint and crocodiles. For Wendy and the Lost Boys it is a clear signal-Peter Pan needs their help, and so it is time to do the unthinkable and fly to Neverland again. But back in Neverland, everything has changed-and the dangers they find there are far beyond their dreams.

Reviews

[Praise for the novel, Peter Pan in Scarlet]: 'It's about adventure and bravery and cowardice and aching poignancy - and in this book McCaughrean has captured the lot. THE DAILY EXPRESS The official sequel to Peter Pan needs to be an exceptional book, and that's exactly what we have in Peter Pan in Scarlet... What McCaughrean has done is nothing short of miraculous. It's enough to make you believe in fairies. PHILIP ARDAGH, THE GUARDIAN a spectacularly impressive work THE RADIO TIMES it's hard to see how she could have done it better. THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY By some mysterious process of osmosis, she has brilliantly mixed Barrie's preoccupations with her own, aping his engaging style but also adding to it; the result is a little masterpiece. CRAIG BROWN, THE MAIL ON SUNDAY

About the Author

Geraldine McCaughrean

It’s over 30 years now since I first got published, and 50 since I discovered how writing carried me out of my little, everyday world, wherever I chose – way back in Time, to far distant shores, towards my own, home-made happy ending. I write adventure, first and foremost, because that’s what I enjoyed reading as a child. But since I have published over 160 titles now, there are books are every taste and age among them – gorgeously illustrated picture books, easy-readers, prize winners, teenage books and five adult novels (soon to be freshly released as ebooks).

Teen novel The White Darkness won the Printz Award in the USA, which, for this Englishwoman was an amazing, startling thrill. Other prizes have included the Whitbread Children’s Book Award (three times), the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Smarties Bronze Award (four times), the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award and the Blue Peter Special Book to Keep for Ever. Although I have only won the much coveted Carnegie Medal once, seven of my titles have been shortlisted for it, the latest being The Middle of Nowhere.

Then there is Peter Pan in Scarlet – official sequel to J M Barrie’s Peter Pan and Wendy, written on behalf of Great Ormond Street Hospital. I won the chance to write that in a worldwide competition, and because Peter Pan is loved everywhere, my book sold worldwide too. It is soon to appear on stage and, just possibly, in the cinema.

I can’t say I expected any of this when, as a child, I dreamed of being like my older brother and ‘getting a book published one day’.

I was born and grew up in Enfield, North London. I trained as a teacher and then worked for ten years in TV and publishing. These days, I am lucky enough just to stay home and write. I have a husband (good at continuity and spelling) and a daughter who is an excellent editor. Having studied at Rada, she is now an actor so, naturally, I have turned my hand to writing plays. (So many actors, so few plays!) Some of my plays are for schools and young people, so you can find them in book form.

My Mum told me, “Never boil your cabbages twice, dear,” which was her way of saying, “Don’t repeat yourself.” So I have tried never to write the same book twice. You’ll find all my novels quite different from one another. I’m afraid that the only way you can find out which ones you like and which you don’t is to read them. Something for everyone, you see, my dear, young, not-so-young, eccentric, middle-of-the-road, poetical, sad, cheerful, timid or reckless reader. All they have in common is that they contain words. If you are allergic to words, you’d best not open the covers.

Geraldine lives in Berkshire with her husband.

Author photo © Brett Williams U.K.

Anne Fine on Geraldine McCaughrean:

'I reckon Geraldine McCaughrean knocks the socks off every other children's writer today. Everything she does is different and everything works – look at her list of prizes. She must write in tremendous bursts. Some years, she's so prolific the rest of us start joking that the fairies come in at night to do her work for her. Then she'll go quiet, so unlike all those writers who are persuaded by their publishers to come up with something every year, no matter how tired or drab. If Geraldine has nothing fresh to write, she doesn't write it.' (The Guardian)

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Format

Hardback
96 pages

Author

Geraldine McCaughrean
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Author's Website

www.geraldinemccaughrean.co...

Publisher

Oxford University Press

Publication date

2nd October 2008

ISBN

9780192728357

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