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J. M. Barrie

Peter Pan

Fiction | Novel | Middle Grade | Published in 1911

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Peter Pan

  • Genre: Fiction; middle grade fantasy
  • Originally Published: 1911
  • Reading Level/Interest: Lexile 980L; grades 4-7
  • Structure/Length: 17 chapters; approx. 134 pages (depending on edition); approx. 5 hours on audio
  • Protagonist and Central Conflict: A flying boy, Peter, arrives at the Darling household one night and leaves his shadow behind. When he returns for it, he convinces young Wendy Darling and her two brothers to accompany him to Neverland, where Wendy becomes a mother figure to Peter’s band of lost boys and they have adventures fighting pirates led by Captain Hook.
  • Potential Sensitivity Issues: Sexist stereotypes; racist language and stereotypes; violence and murder

J. M. Barrie, Author

  • Bio: 1860-1937; born in Scotland; attended the University of Edinburgh; became a freelance writer in London in 1885; told his first stories about Peter Pan to the children of a friend; reflected in his work a longing to relive happy childhood days before the death of a brother when Barrie was 6 years old; wrote many plays as well as prose stories; adapted his 1904 play Peter Pan; or, the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up into the novel Wendy and Peter, now known as Peter Pan; became a baronet (1913) and was awarded the Order of Merit (1922)
  • Other Works: A Window in Thurms (1889); Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (1906); Dear Brutus (play; 1917)