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The Bridge to Never Land

The Bridge to Never Land

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by Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson, Greg Call (Illustrator)

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Aidan and Sarah Cooper have no idea what they're getting into one afternoon when they discover a mysterious coded document in a secret compartment of an antique English desk their father recently bought at an auction. Something about the document seems familiar to Sarah, and that night she realizes what it is: the document seems to be referring to some books


Aidan and Sarah Cooper have no idea what they're getting into one afternoon when they discover a mysterious coded document in a secret compartment of an antique English desk their father recently bought at an auction. Something about the document seems familiar to Sarah, and that night she realizes what it is: the document seems to be referring to some books she has read-the Starcatchers series, about the origin of Peter Pan. But how could that be? The document seems far older than the books. And of course, the books are just stories.
Curious, Sarah and Aidan begin to decipher the mysterious document. At first it's a game-unraveling the mystery piece by piece, each piece leading them to a new, deeper puzzle. But soon the game turns strange-and scary. Pursued by a being that can take any form and will stop at nothing to get what it wants from them, Aidan and Sarah embark on a desperate, thrilling quest for help-a quest that leads them to some unforgettable people in some unlikely places, including one that's not supposed to exist at all.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Pearson and Barry bring their Starcatchers series into the modern day, injecting it with a dose of metafiction in the process. Siblings Sarah and Aidan Cooper, ages 17 and 15, know all about Peter Pan's secret origin, having read the Starcatchers books when they were younger, but they never dreamed it could be real until they discover a riddle hidden in an old desk. Following the clues while on vacation in England, they find the last stash of magical starstuff on Earth, only to be stalked by the malevolent Lord Ombra. To protect themselves and keep the starstuff from Ombra, they track down the remnants of the Starcatchers and travel to Never Land, where they're swept up in the ongoing conflict between Peter Pan and Captain Hook. The book's joyful sense of adventure and wonder is tempered somewhat by the constant pursuit of authorities and parental figures, as well as scenes set in Disney World that seem to be designed to remind readers that runaway children are serious business in this day and age. Nonetheless, it's a worthy complement to the series. Ages 10–up. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—In the authors' latest foray into Never Land, siblings Aidan and Sarah Cooper aren't expecting to discover a coded message in the hidden compartment of an antique desk. But once they crack the code, the teens find themselves on a journey into the books in the "Starcatchers" series (Hyperion), discovering that the stories are indeed real and that they must hurry to stop a golden box of starstuff from getting into the wrong hands. Along the way, they meet up with J.D. Aster, the reluctant descendant of Molly and Wendy Aster; narrowly escape the police; and set off an East Coast search for their whereabouts. This novel doesn't maintain the wonderful humor of the original series, and much of the story seems to be a setup for later installments. The kinetic journey seems far-fetched, even for this series, and the stop-and-go plot skips from one madcap escape to the next with little cohesion or true purpose. Aidan and Sarah also seem a bit immature for their ages. Hopefully the next book will provide the plot, humor, and character development that the authors are known for.—Necia Blundy, Marlborough Public Library, MA

Product Details

Disney Press
Publication date:
Starcatchers Series , #5
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Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Dave Barry is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author of more than a dozen books, including Dave Barry's History of the Millennium (So Far); The Shepherd, the Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog; Dave Barry's Money Secrets; and Big Trouble. Along with Ridley Pearson, he is the co-author of Peter 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, and Science Fair.

Ridley Pearson, in addition to the Peter and the Starcatchers series with Dave Barry, is the award-winning author of Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark, Kingdom Keepers: Disney At Dawn, Kingdom Keepers: Disney in Shadow, Steel Trapp: The Challenge, and Steel Trapp: The Academy. He has also written more than twenty best-selling crime novels, including Killer View and Killer Weekend. He was the first American to be awarded the Raymond Chandler/Fulbright Fellowship in Detective Fiction at Oxford University.

Brief Biography

Miami, Florida
Date of Birth:
July 3, 1947
Place of Birth:
Armonk, New York
B.A. in English, Haverford College, 1969

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The Bridge to Never Land 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm big fan of the Peter and the Starcatchers Series, but when I first heard that this book was based on modern time, I wasn't sure it I would like it or not. So, I bought the book not sure if it would be as good as the other books, but to my surprise this book was just as good or even better then the first four books in the series, it was different, but good. I highly recommend that read this book. You will not be disappointed. And it sounds like there might be a 6th book coming out, I hope so!
ChelseaW More than 1 year ago
Sarah and Aiden Cooper are playing around the house when Aiden accidentally opens a hidden compartment in an antique desk. Inside is an old, mysterious message, and the two quickly decide to follow it and see where it leads. They track leads from Pennsylvania, all the way to London (due to a convenient family trip), then back again through multiple states. But with every mystery they solve, a dark force is gaining strength and chasing their trail behind them. I read the previous four Starcatchers books, and they were just okay. The series had an awesome premise that I was totally drawn to, especially since it related to Peter Pan. But I felt a lot of the books were drawn out too long. There was plenty of action, sure, just not enough interesting story to keep me glued to my seat. With The Bridge to Never Land, I was hooked from the first chapter. The series became self referential and mentioned the previous books by name! How cool is that?? I enjoyed this story much more, perhaps because it took place in modern times, with easily recognized technology and places (Disney World!). Ombra was also better in this book than in previous ones, with his control over Raven's being honestly spooky! I am not sure I agreed with the authors that Sarah was seventeen - she acted much younger. And then the reader is asked to pretty strongly suspend their disbelief towards the end. But these little missteps are largely over shadowed by the fun and action of the rest of the story. Definitely the best book in the Starcatchers series - and would be a great tie-in to the Kingdom Keepers!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just bought this book, and i am VERY happy with it. The first couple chapters i read completely drew me in, i got to know the characters pretty well, and once i finished the book, i wished all of them were real. I totally cried at the end of the book, and i really hope Dave and Ridley make another one. There are no swear words in this book a far as i know, but there are some very interesting battles. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Ridley Pearson, I personally feel that this book reminds me of his amazing writing, the only thing I have to say about this book that is not the most perfect part of the book is her age, other than that I was hooked to the book all the way through, don't listen to anyone who says this book is bad they are, i think, wrong, Go Ridley Pearson!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best books ive read. Id rate the age group 10+ . I also liked the kingdom keepers by ridley pearson. See lightning theif for full books that i liked.- book critic ayden
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the starcatchers books and couldnt wait for this to come out. The others are good so i hope this is too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a aw some book. Its cool and adventurous.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters and settings aren't elaborately described, which I find disappointing, because I can't REALLY picture what is happening. There is a great plot, though with suspense, action, and some humourous elements. The characters are a bit flat. I would recommend this book to a younger crowd.
Mystryrdr More than 1 year ago
Great  Book.  Couldn't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book, if you have not read. READ IT!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is better than the series it preludes!!!!!!! This would work great if it were somehow tyed into the kingdom keepers series! This my favorite series! Its a great plot. Constant action. Great charecters. Its the best book ever! I love Ridley Pearson's writing. He is my favorite author and I want to meet him! Kingdom Keepers 6 is called dark passage!
The_smart_warriors_reader More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much that I finished it in two days. Ridley Pearson is my favorite author ever!!!! This is JUST AS GOOD as the Kingdom Keepers Books, and it is THE BEST of the Peter and the Starcatchers series. I highly recommend it. The only thing I didn't like was Sarah's age. There's no way a seventeen year old girl would act like that. I think they should have had her at fifteen at most. Other than that, I have no complaints! If you are thinking about reading this the answer is yes!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book! Love the Disney World parts, being a disney addict as well. My only complaint is that they have not made a second book from this one! The ending had me ready for another and there hasn't been one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My teacher read this to us in fourth grade and I loved it! My only issue is that I want to see what happens to the characters. We don't know if there is going to be another book and it bothers me because the story was not completly wrapped up. It also ended on a cliff hanger! So, if there is another book please tell me!! Otherwise, the book an the series was a wonderful read! You guys should try it! :)
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Si I put my wish list in order of most popular and this cranked out as the lowest!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book, just not as good as peter and the starcatchers
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This is a great series that boys will enjoy. I read the first book Peter and the Starcatchers and enjoyed the short chapters that were so exciting you wanted to keep reading. My youngest boy is 12 and he read this this book, Bridge to Neverland in 3 days. He thought it was really good. My 14 year old son read it in 2 days and thought it was the best in the series.
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