Peter and the Sword of Mercy
by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
This is the fourth in the Peter and the Starcatchers series, originally published in 2009. I've been a big fan of Dave Barry since his days as a syndicated humor columnist, as well as from the tangentially related Dave's World sitcom starring Harry Anderson. The Starcatchers series began as a sort of prequel to J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan, or perhaps more accurately an alternate origin story that rode the wave of Harry Potter-inspired young readers fantasy series that continues to this day. The Starcatchers series itself was intended to conclude with three books, but has since grown to include not only Sword of Mercy but this year's Bridge to Neverland.