The Peter & the Starcatchers Series by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson is a phenomenal young adults series. It’s recommended for ages 10 & up, but I believe the age can be lowered to 8 with an advanced reader. Disney Hyperion publishes this series. There is adventure, action and very mild violence. A few battles take place and some characters are a little scary, but overall the contents of the books are nothing to worry about reading to your child.
Peter & the Starcatchers explains how Peter becomes Peter Pan. There are five books in the series. They are all fantastic. Peter is the main male character and Molly is the main female character. Molly and Peter meet on a ship that is traveling to Rundoon. Starstuff is on the boat and both pirates and a secret organization are after it due to its special powers. They end up on Mollusk Island and the adventures continue to take place. I don’t want to give too much away! I couldn’t wait to read all the books!
I highly recommend this series to both parents and gift givers. It’s a great bedtime and anytime story. There are box sets if you are looking for a fancier gift.