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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Peter Pan

Peter Pan is the boy who never grew up and it appears that he's also the story who will never die.

J.M. Barrie wrote Peter Pan as a stage play in the early part of the 20th century. It was later made into a Disney classic that was 20 years in the making.

In recent years, Finding Neverland was released as a major motion picture and Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson wrote two prequels--Peter and the Starcatchers and Peter and the Shadow Theives. The latter two books both shot up to bestseller ranks immediately upon release.

But now comes the first official sequel, a sequel chosen by the children's hospital which holds the rights to the Peter Pan charcters. There's a fascinating story in the New York Times that tells the story of how this sequel came to be. Despite the publisher locking down prepublication copies so that the story can't get out ahead of time, the Times managed to get a copy of the manuscript and share some tidbits from it.

Given the worthy cause that the royalties go to, here's hoping the new Peter Pan, Peter Pan in Scarlet, enjoys success similar to the original.

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