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HC : 978-0-7636-3712-5 PB : 978-0-7636-5664-5 E-book : 978-0-7636-5210-4
1.InAnother Pan,youprobablyrecognizesomecharac- tersfromJ.M.Barrie’soriginal1904PeterPanstory.* Whichcharactersdoyourecognize,bynameorbythe roletheyplay?Howarethecharactersdifferentinthe twostories?Howaretheythesame?
2.JohnDarlinghasspentthesummerworkingonrein- ventinghisimageinhopesoffittinginwithhismore privilegedclassmatesattheMarloweSchool.Haveyou everfeltlikeyouneededtobesomethingotherthan yourselfinordertobeaccepted?
3.IntheoriginalPeterPanstory,theLostBoyshadfallen outoftheircarriagesaschildrenwhentheirnurseswere notlooking.Whentheirparentsdidnotclaimthem, theyweresenttoNeverland.Arethereanysimilari- tiesbetweentheLostBoysofNeverlandandtheLBsin Another Pan?
4.WhydoyouthinkJohnwantstobeanLB?Doyou thinktheLBshaveanythingincommonwithgangs? Whyorwhynot?
5.BothWendyandPeterhaveabsentmothers.Wendy feelsthatthisisanimportantconnectionbetweenthem. Doyouthinkhavinganabsentparentchangesaperson?
6.WhydoyouthinkWendyisdatingConnorWirth? HowcanshetellthatsheisfallingforPeter?Howdoes someonechoosetherightpersonwithwhomtohavea seriousrelationship?
7.InAnother Pan,Peter,Wendy,John,andSimonarewill- ingtorisktheirlivestofindbonedust.Whatarethe differentmotivationsforeachcharacter?
Discussion Questions
Another PanDiscussionGuide•www.candlewick.com 6/11
An ancient Egyptian spell is turning the Marlowe School into a sinister underworld.
Will all hell break loose?
About the Book: Sixteen-year-oldWendyDarlingandherinsecurefreshman brother,John,arehittingthebooksattheMarloweSchool. Butonetomeconsumestheirattention:the Book of Gates, a covetedEgyptianartifactthattheirprofessorfatherbelieves hasmagicalpowers.SoonWendyandJohndiscoverthatthe legendisrealwhentheyrecitefromitspagesanddescend intoasnakingrealmbeneaththeManhattanschool.Asthe hallwaysdarkenanddeadmothscakethefloor,acharis- maticnewRAnamedPeterrevealsthattheiractionshave unleashedaterribleconsequence:theunderworldandall itsevilisnowseepingintoMarlowe.TheauthorsofAnother FaustreturntoreimaginePeterPanasatwisty,atmospheric, andfast-pacedfantasyabouttheperilsofimmortality.
by Daniel & Dina Nayeri
8.Inpoppsychology,PeterPansyndromedescribesan adultwhodoesnotwanttogrowup.InAnother Pan,why doyouthinkPeterdoesn’twanttogrowup?
9.Howwouldyoudescribethedifferencesbetweenachild andanadult?Whichagewouldyouprefertobe?Why?
10.Inthe1904PeterPanstory,PeterpersuadesWendyto beamothertohimandtheLostBoys.InAnother Pan, whatrole(s)doyouthinkPeterwantsWendytoplay? DoesWendyplaydifferentroleswithothercharactersin thestory?Inyourownlife,whatrolesdoyouplay?
11.Johnaccusesotherpeopleofbeingposers.Whatdoes posermean?Doyouknowanyonewhoisaposer?How doesthatpersonbehave?Whydoyouthinkheorshe actsthatway?
12.Tinathinksthatrichkidsareneedyandhavenoidea whatit’sliketohaverealproblems(page250).Doyou thinkTina’sassessmentiscorrect?Whyorwhynot?
13.PeterdoesnotreturnTina’sunconditionalloveandoften ignoresheror,worse,ismeantoher.YetTinacontinues tobeloyaltoPeter.WhatdoTina’spassagesrevealabout howshefeelsaboutherself?Haveyoueverbeenina relationshipthatTinamightrelateto?
14.WhenPeterinvitesWendytoliveforever,sheconsiders theoffer.Wouldyouacceptanofferofeternalyouth? Whatdoyouthinkwouldbetheupsideofnevergrow- inganyolderthanyouarenow?Doyouthinkthere wouldbeanynegativeconsequences?
15.Mr.DarlingwarnsJohnandWendythatPeterisdanger- ous.ButWendycontinuestooverlookPeter’sselfishand sometimesviolentbehavior.AtwhatpointcanWendy nolongeroverlookormakeexcusesforPeter’sactions?
16.WendyandJohnaresurprisedtolearnthatMr.Darling wasonceoneofPeter’sLBs.Doyouthinkthisrevelation changeshowtheyfeelabouttheirfather?Haveyouever learnedsomethingcompletelysurprisingaboutsomeone inyourfamily?Diditchangehowyouthinkofthem?
17.TherearemanyriddlesthatthecharactersinAnother Pan mustsolveinordertofindeachofthehiddenmummies. Buttherearealsosomeriddlesforthereader:Whyis Mrs.Darlingabsent?WhoisPeter’smother?Whomight Peter’sgrandfatherbe?Whatcluescanyoufindinthe bookthatmighthelpanswerthesequestions?Whatdo youthinkPeter’sfinal“HappyThought”means?
18.AttheendoftheoriginalPeterPanstory,Peterreturns theDarlingchildrentotheirhome.Despitehislonging forafamily,Peterresiststheinvitationtostaywiththe DarlingsandreturnstoNeverland.Howdoesthisend- ingcomparewiththatofAnother Pan?Whydoyouthink somepeoplechoosetobeoutsiders?Doyoueverfeel likeanoutsider?
19.AttheendoftheAnother Pan,doyouthinkWendyand Johnhavechangedorgrown?WhataboutPeter?
*J.M.Barrie’sstageplay,Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Upwas firstperformedin1904.Barrielateradaptedthestoryintoanovel,and Peter and Wendywaspublishedin1911.
Another PanDiscussionGuide•www.candlewick.com
About daniel nayeri & dina nayeri BorninIran,Daniel NayeriandDina Nayeriaready- namicbrotherandsisterduo.Aboutwritingthetwobooks intheAnotherseries,theysay,“Asteenagers,wewanted toachieveanddoeverything.Likeourfirstcharacters,we wereimmigrants,andourideasofthefuturewerealotless laid-backthanourfriends’.InAnother Faust,webuilteach characterfrompartsofourselves,fromotherpeoplewemet overtheyears,and,ofcourse,theoriginalFaust. Alongthe way,weexploredthefascinatinglinethatseparatesaccolades fromgenuineaccomplishments.Another Pan isournextgo atretellingafavoriteoldbook.WecreatedtheMarlowe Schooltobeaplacewherealltheintersectingcharacters arereimaginedversionsofliteraryfavorites.InAnother Pan, thereadergetstomeetthenewPeterPan,amodernday residentadvisor.”