Peter Pan's Origin Revealed! Discover the Adventures of the Wild Boy Who Inspired the Legend

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Once upon a time, Peter Pan was a real-life Wild Boy. Peter: The Untold True Story, a new historical novel, reveals the amazing life of this unique character who lived more than a 100 years before James Barrie wrote his fairy tale.

Peter Pan's Untold True Story

All Children Grow Up, All But One

He is of low stature, not exceeding five feet three inches; and though he must be now about 70 years of age, [he] has a fresh, healthy look...

With this summer’s release of Peter: The Untold True Story, a historical novel, readers now have an unprecedented look into the life of the Peter the Wild Boy, one of 18th century England's most curious figures, whose true adventures mirror the fairy tale of Peter Pan.

The legend of Peter Pan has been retold many times, in books, stageplays, comics, movies and television shows, sometime mores faithfully than others. Most recently, ABC has recast the boy hero as a villain in their show Once Upon a Time. Peter: The Untold True Story is not a reimagining of the fairy tale of Peter Pan, it is a tale drawn from true events, revealing the origin and adventures of a real boy who would not grow up. The epic story of Peter's life, spanning more than seventy years, navigates a tumultuous and thoughtful period in English history.

A feral child, discovered in 1725 at the age of twelve living alone in the forest of Hamelin, Germany, Peter captivated the public imagination, becoming a favorite of the British Royal Family and the subject of writings by contemporary authors such as Jonathan Swift, Daniel Defoe and others. Living through the reigns of three kings, Peter had a long life full of many adventures, and for all his years, up to 1785 when he passed away, he was known as the Wild Boy.

Throughout his life, even into his seventies, Peter maintained a youthful appearance and energy. Evolutionary theorist Lord Monboddo, who visited Peter in 1782, said of the Wild Boy, "He is of low stature, not exceeding five feet three inches; and though he must be now about 70 years of age, [he] has a fresh, healthy look. His face is not at all ugly or disagreeable, and he has a look that may be called sensible and sagacious, for a savage. [He] had always that gentleness of nature, which I hold to be characteristical of our nature, at least until we become carnivorous, and then hunters or warriors. He is said to have sometimes run seventy or eighty miles a day. His strength always appeared to be so much superior that the strongest young men were afraid to contend with him.”

Peter is a magical, poignant tale full of humor, love, and courage in the face of life's difficulties. It will make you laugh, cry, dream and remember what it means to be young. Available in hardcover from Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and at the author’s website (where signed copies are currently offered). It is also available as an e-book through the Apple iBookstore and Amazon Kindle.

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