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The Bridge to Never Land Hardcover – Aug 9 2011

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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (Aug. 9 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423138651
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423138655
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #566,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dave Barry is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author of more than a dozen books, includingDave Barry's History of the Millennium (So Far);The Shepherd, the Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog;Dave Barry's Money Secrets; andBig Trouble. Along with Ridley Pearson, he is the co-author ofPeter and the Starcatchers,Peter and the Shadow Thieves,Peter and the Secret of Rundoon,Escape from the Carnivale,Cave of the Dark Wind,Blood Tide,andScience Fair.

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
A review for fans of the series Nov. 7 2011
By greenlawler - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I have been a loyal fan of the Starcathers series since discovering the books five years ago. I dived into every one even reading the Neverland "Short Stories" and the Kingdom Keepers series because of Ridley Pearson. Upon reading "Bridge" I was immediatly dissapointed. First of all the writting style had changed. The phraseology, the flow, the whole "feel" of the book was different. It resembled the Kingdom Keepers series much more than the previous four Starcatcher books. It is not just the fact that the story no longer takes place in the distant past, it's that the attitudes, motivations, and demeanor, of the Starcatchers, and Neverland Inhabitants seemed to change. The young people of the story, the lead characters, are annoying at times, and there is little reason given for liking either of them. In fact the authors (or author as I suspect, more on that later)seem to take so much time describing their weaknesses that we have little motivation for coming around to them at the end or actually wanting them to win. Peter a fun loving brash boy of the Starcatcher series turned into the self serving Peter of the origianl Berrie books. This is a change consistant for those who would love the Starcatcher series to stay true to the original work but not consistant with the Starcatcher series. Hook in this tale is treated more like the bumbling cartoonish Disney version than the sly "Black Stache" of the Starcather series. Another let down is the fact that we meet zero new villains. Every book thus far has given us a cavalcade of fun, unique, and nefarious, characters to compliment the likes of Hook, not here. In every book there are multiple plots going on weaving together, in "Bridge" all the characters are on the same "stage at one time" it is a very streamlined plot.
Without revealing anything about the plot, if you are a fan of the books you will find that "Bridge" is okay, just okay. There are some very creative elements. There is a dash of historical fiction, and there are some moments where you get really nervous for the characters. However it is not good enough and is not what I have come to expect of this series. I did not care for the characters, I did not like the "feel". And although simply a matter of prefrence, I wish they had not brought the story into the 2000's... All this being said, the book provided enough intrigue that I finished it with a smile.
I suspect, and I may be way off base, that Dave Barry had less to do with this story than the other four. This book felt like another installment of the Kingdom Keepers for the first 3/5 and then a quick Neverland tale is thrown in at the end. The Kingdom Keepers series was almost unreadable, for me, after the first book. I hope this is not the direction of the series from here on out.
On a side note, and I do not want to sound like I am just picking out things to be critical but this really bothered me. As one reviewer mentioned in a review, I am not sure why the author felt like the characters had to use the word "God" so often. This is very offensive to people from many religious backgrounds.
I hope the series continues, but I would like for it to go back to being more like a Starcatcher book, than Kingdom Keepoers.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Great Way To Continue The Story Sept. 11 2011
By Joy - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I thought this book was a clever way to bring the Starcatcher books into the real world. Sara and Aidan are modern day teenagers who discover that the books they thought were fiction are actually recordings of past events. This book is a lot alike and a lot different than the previous four. It shares many of the same elements as the other books (starstuff, Ombra, flying) but also reads differently then the last four with the point of view staying mostly with Sara and Aidan.
This book starts out as a mystery, turns into a ghost story, then a chase scene, then a mystery again, an adventure story, and ends with a little bit of everything mixed together. I loved it. Although the chase scene does get a little long, the ending is worth it.
There were several parts that had me laughing for several minutes (the flying van for example) and many parts that got my heart pumping.
Overall this book is an awsome extension of the Starcatcher series with some new twists and turns, and I hope another one will soon follow after.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Authors Become Lazy And Display Their Sloth At the Expense of 21st Century Teens Sept. 6 2014
By RainbowExplorer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Having read several of the earlier books in the Starcatcher series, I had anticipated this book would be as rewarding as the others. Much to my dismay, I have discovered that the authors (and their corporate sponsor, Disney Corp) have turned this book into an all out advertisement for Walt Disney World. Far worse than that, they've apparently enjoyed so much success with this series of books, they no longer believe it is necessary to come up with a reasonable plot, interesting characters, nor any other crucial feature of an intrinsically meaningful novel. Instead, they opted to created the most superficial, immature, chronically irritable set of characters I believe I've ever encountered. It's obvious, to me, the series is strictly being perpetuated for financial reasons, at this point. There's no prevailing passion, interest, enlightenment, nor inspiration to be found beneath this profoundly boring, ponderous waltz through a series of dry, meaningless "searches".

Instead of dealing with family life common to previous generations, this time the authors decided to create a story involving current teens interacting with Peter and Neverland. To do this, they created a profoundly dysfunctional "modern" family, two siblings who can't interact respectfully with each other under any circumstances, a college professor with the emotional and social skills of a preteen, sick/twisted/extremely superficial semi-romances between several core and side characters, and a wholly unreasonable series of events. When I recall how Peter and Molly (both pre-teens, in the first book) behaved toward each other, their families, and other characters, it's obvious that careful thought, respect, affection, and care were interwoven into those relationships. Now, we're expected to contrast those mature, responsible, intelligent pre-teens of the past, with current supposedly technology-crazed, mentally dull, socially inept, rude older adolescents of today. I clearly get the message that the authors don't respect the teens of the 21st century and know them only superficially, as well.

The parents of these teens aren't interested in each other, nor their kids, while the family doesn't connect with each other except on the most superficial, distant, and indifferent/sarcastic levels, with genuine understanding, insight, affection, tenderness, and support lacking, in nearly every interaction. I've never read a book with such endless streams of sarcastic dialogue before, nor one in which the characters show so little growth or change, throughout the storyline. If this were a school assignment, I'd be handing it back to the authors with instructions to take the whole thing apart and redo it or fail the course, it's so badly constructed, on every level. There are even times that the grammar is incorrect but not in an artistically meaningful way - merely the result of boredom with the project by all who were involved with it, IMHO.

While Peter Pan and the Lost Boys are portrayed as having lived over 100 years, they are so shallowly depicted, one cannot sense that they've grown or matured either intellectually or psychologically, in all that time. While a human who was forever a biological child would not be expected to show any physical changes, it's beyond the realm of reason to believe they wouldn't become far more independent, skillful, and insightful, after having lived in one setting for 100 years. Their IQs would have to be at a very low level, were they to remain forever mentally/psychologically immature, despite a lack of puberty hormones and experiences.

I have no doubt that nearly every potential reader of this book could write a more interesting, creative, heart-warming, inspiring story about how s/he would stumble into a visit to Neverland today, than these authors did. Thankfully, I borrowed this book from our public library so I'm not stuck with this "lemon" on my bookshelf. It's time to give this series its final adieu, authors, before public praise for your work turns to public contempt.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
How many times have you wished that a literary world was real and that you could be part of it? Oct. 18 2011
By George H. Taylor Jr. - Published on
Format: Hardcover
How many times have you wished that a literary world was real and that you could be part of it? Barry and Pearson bring the Starcatchers into the present day with a large dash of historical intrigue.

The Bridge to Never Land (Starcatchers) by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. 2011. 448 pp.

One afternoon, Aiden and Sarah Cooper find a yellowed envelop in a hidden compartment of a desk. They decipher a cryptic message that leads Sarah to revisit one of her favorite book series, Peter and the Starcatchers. The authors entwine the Starcatchers lore into a modern setting and introduce the two new characters that must follow the clues to become the very heroes they worship.

The clues lead Aiden and Sara from their home in America to London (on a family vacation, of course) where they search for the locations from the earlier books. The segments of the kids in London reminded me of the Da Vinci Code and National Treasure. The family returns to America and Sarah attempts to hide the Starstuff but run into trouble. They contact one of the last members of the Astor family to see if he can offer any help and they unweave a tale that includes Albert Einstein and a visit with a beloved Magic Kingdom attraction.

As can be expected, time is spent on Never Land with the Mollusks, Captain Hook and Peter Pan. It is an exciting interlude that results with Peter visiting the Magic Kingdom to battle an immaterial villain from the series' past. The Bridge is great device that allows Never Land to exist yet remain hidden from modern eyes. Barry and Pearson have always added humor to the books, but it seems like their is a lot more levity in this title. It might be because the story is more modern or because the authors felt like they had more freedom with the newer characters.

I am not a fan of Pearson's Kingdom Keeper series--I found the Disney-related compromises that were taken for the story arc disconcerting and inaccurate. In Bridge, it was fairly simple to figure out that the trio was heading to the Magic Kingdom, so I suffered some trepidation about how Barry and Pearson were going to integrate the theme park into the story. Fortunately, they handled it wonderfully and the final act was exciting, page-turning and believable.

The Starcatchers series is well worth the time spent with all five books. There isn't a weak book in the series and each title expands the Peter Pan mythos in credible directions. I urge you to pick up Peter and the Starcatchers and start the journey. As I have mentioned in previous reviews, the Starcatchers titles are geared toward the young teen audience, but readers of all ages will enjoy their trips to Never Land. From the ending, I can assume that there will be a sixth title in the series coming soon. And I can't wait to get back to Never Land.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A great series for kids 12+ Nov. 26 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The Starcatchers series is wonderful! Don't let the length of the book scare you off - if your kids can read the Harry Potter series with no problems they won't have any trouble reading this one. Yes it's long - but engaging, action packed and full of scenes to trigger your kids imaginations.

I came in late on this series and will be adding the other books into my personal library. The Bridge to NeverLand and the whole Starcatchers series is based on the questions "how did Peter Pan come to be? and "how did he get to Neverland?" In this book you have a brother sister (Sarah & Aiden) team who come across a mystery box and in the hunt for the answers they go to Europe and the States to learn about the Shadow Thieves who are after them for a box they found. Lord Oombra is a wizard who is seen as crows that can transform to accomplish their evil deeds. They can "possess" a person also to get them to do what they need - and the only way to know that person has been possessed is through their dead eyes.

I strongly suggest that you start with the first book. Maybe purchase books 1 & 2 for your kids to read, to add to their stockings, birthday gifts first and then continue working on the series a book or two at a time. You can read them out of order - but then you'll be sitting there thinking - I've GOT to read the others!