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The Bridge to Never Land [Hardcover]

Dave Barry , Ridley Pearson

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Book Description

Aug. 9 2011 Peter and the Starcatchers

One summer morning while Aidan and Sarah are visiting their grandfather, they discover a secret compartment in his battered wooden desk. Inside is a yellowed envelope that contains a piece of very thin, almost translucent, white paper, on which, handwritten in black ink, are a series of seemingly random lines; among them are what appear to be fragments of letters, but not enough to make sense. At the bottom of the page is a verse about Peter Peter and a reference to a real hotel in London.

As it happens, the family is about to embark on a trip to Europe, so the children decide that while in London, they will try to locate the hotel. Through some careful sleuthing, they manage to discover its location, and once inside, they find another clue.

The Bridge to Never Land will take Sarah and Aidan on a quest that will challenge them to solve a series of puzzles, which will gradually convince them that Peter Pan is not fiction after all. They will discover what happened to the remainder of the starstuff cache that Wendy and Peter fought to protect many years ago. But that's only the beginning. They'll find that in the early twentieth century, Wendy and the other Starcatchers embarked onone last great mission-tofind a way to protect Never Land island, with magical creatures and its precious starstuff supply, from the increasingly intrusive the outside world.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (Aug. 9 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423138651
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423138655
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 14 x 4.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #490,527 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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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A review for fans of the series Nov. 7 2011
By greenlawler - Published on Amazon.com
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Way To Continue The Story Sept. 11 2011
By Joy - Published on Amazon.com
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.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!! Why is everyone so critical?? June 1 2013
By Amber Niebruegge - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm 14, and am a HUGE fan of both the Kingdom Keepers and the Starcatchers series. I enjoyed the Peter and the Starcathers series alot, and when I saw this book, I just HAD to read it. It was a fantastic book! I wasn't disappointed. So, now I'm wondering why everyone is being so critical on the way the book is WRITTEN.

It's a BOOK for crying out loud! Why should the writing style matter? All that should matter is if you enjoyed the book, not the way it was written. The author wrote it the way he thought it should be- why are you judging that? It is written and crafted in a way that pulls you in, makes you wonder what will happen next, and makes you want more. I'm not trying to be rude, but, people, it's a book, get over it please.

I REALLY enjoyed this book and I seriously hope that there will be a sequel. I sort of became jealous of Sarah because I'm kind of a Peter Pan fanatic. Dude, I think I need some Starstuff- bring on the adventure! Haha! I would- and will- recommend this book to alot of my friends.

I gave this book five stars not on its written ways, but the way that it makes you feel like your there and pulls you away from reality. To me, this book was the best and I CAN'T wait for a sequel (if there is one).

Read it. Love it. Rate it 5 stars. Want more.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It was good Dec 4 2011
By awesome3037 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I liked the book. I just hated how I became a big fan of the series and then got let down that Peter wasn't until the end of the book. I also didn't like the new characters. I was even a little disappointed that Wendy kind of replaced Molly in the previous book. I think Mr. Pearson and Barry should stick to the original characters. I don't think that many people like getting rid of old characters that you have grown to love. At least not many people I know.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great series for kids 12+ Nov. 26 2011
By Tina Peterson - Published on Amazon.com
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!

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